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Life is a journey and it's very rare that the journey runs smoothly which means that any one of us can become vulnerable at any time. Our aim is therefore to be on the journey with you when you need legal support. We believe that our role is to help you achieve your aims. Our priority is to find out from the very start what you are hoping to achieve.

That's why we will always listen to you to ensure that we fully understand your objectives and the issues that you face so that we can tailor our advice to your situation. We will do everything in our power to provide a level of service that goes above and beyond your expectations by working with you to obtain the best practical solutions.

If you wish, every year, one of our solicitors will contact you, free of charge to review your situation so that if an anticipated (or even unanticipated) issue arises we are ready to help (obviously, if you need help in the interim we are here for you).We will use every effort to explain things clearly and without unnecessary legal jargon so you have a clear picture of what we will be doing for you.

read more › One of the biggest reasons people ask for help is to understand the ways in which they can protect their children for when they are no longer around. This doesn't necessarily mean that the parent is dying. It could be that one of the parents is moving away or they may be going on holiday and leaving children at home. It doesn't matter how old our children are. As parents, we will always worry about them and want to make sure we do the best for them. Sadly, too many of our clients who have children with a disability leave things until the last minute because they either don't want to have the conversation with their child about the situation or they understandably can't imagine their child not having them there to protect them.

read more › The Court of Protection is a special Court responsible for making decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can't make decisions at the time they need to be made because they 'lack mental capacity'. Deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves. Giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity, e.g. should they have major surgery or should their money be used to buy a property for them to live in.

read more › Planning care in advance involves discussions with you, about you and what you would like for your care in the future. It can also involve your family, friends, doctors, nurses, social care workers and even solicitors! You decide (unless you don't have capacity). There is so much that can be done to make sure you receive the care you want, and where you want it. When you know what's available and what you would like you then you ought to make a written record of it. There are several documents that have differing legal status, but nevertheless, they will all be important for health and social care professionals in delivering the care you desire.

read more › Your estate consists of all the money, assets, stocks and shares, business, insurance policies and property you own. So when it comes to protecting it, the two big taxes that can impact on it's size are Inheritance Tax [IHT] and Capital Gains Tax [CGT] - so any tax planning strategy needs to consider the overall impact of either applying to your estate. Tax planning strategies also need to consider your income tax position, the impact on your business, the impact on your future needs including care funding and your general financial circumstances.

read more › Conversations about continuing healthcare generally start from the perspective that you own property that you are worried about being used for the assessment of care home fees. It depends on the reason for having to go into care or what kind or care you may need at home. Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for free social care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing healthcare. NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of settings outside hospital, such as in your own home or in a care home.

read more › Many of us have worked hard, and saved or made good investments to enjoy during later life, or to leave for our children when we die. For many who are on the property ladder (especially the elderly who may be living in a property they bought 40 or more years ago) they will have seen a dramatic rise in the value of their property - increasing net worth significantly. As a result, you may find yourself in a position where you could be facing large tax bills: inheritance tax, capital gains tax and income tax all of which can have a big impact on the value of your estate.

read more › This sections focuses on some of the issues you may need to consider when buying a property either in your own name or with somebody else. What might happen if you find yourself in a position because you cannot pay your mortgage, say for example, you are made redundant, have an accident or receive a diagnosis of a serious illness. Speak to a financial adviser about the types of insurance that are available to you. 2. If you are single and the value of your property (including other assets you own) is over the threshold for Inheritance Tax (currently 325,000) after deducting your mortgage and any other debts, you may want to think of taking out insurance so that your beneficiaries aren't left with a tax bill.

read more › An older person is extremely vulnerable to financial abuse as the abuse is often perpetrated by someone close to them such as a friend, relative or carer. So it is important to be aware of the signs. The sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming their rights to the person's affairs and possessions. The unexplained sudden transfers of assets to a family member or someone outside the family. Numerous unpaid bills, overdue rent, care home bills, public utilities bills etc when there is someone who is supposed to be paying the bills.

read more › It is a fact that people are living longer and sadly because of longevity, this may mean we have comorbidities and therefore many people are worried about long term care and what that may mean for themselves and/or for their loves ones. Most people wish to remain as independent as possible and live in their own homes. Unfortunately, that is not always possible due to their situation and they may have to enter long term or permanent residential or nursing care in a care home or hospital type setting.

read more › Probate is the term used for the legal process in dealing with the estate of someone who has died (an estate is everything the deceased person owned, less liabilities such as debts, funeral charges and taxes payable on death). It is the responsibility of the persons named in the Will (ie the Executors). If there is no Will, the person is deemed to have died intestate (ie without a Will) and so it will be the responsibility of the people who have a legal right under the Rules of Intestacy. At this most difficult time, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.

read more › We will pay interest on monies held in our general client account if it is fair and reasonable to do so in all the circumstances. This will be determined by the general terms and conditions of the bank the firm has a business relationship with at the time monies are held. At the time of the preparation of this Policy the nominated bank is: National Westminster Bank Plc. It is also reflected in other factors determined important to the safe and proper handling of client money, for example: security of funds; access to funds; flexibility of service benefits.

read more › The materials appearing on this website do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only. No warranty, whether express or implied is given in relation to such materials. We shall not be liable for any technical, editorial, typographical or other errors or omissions within the information provided on this website, nor shall we be responsible for the content of any web images or information linked to this website.

read more › VAT at 20% will be charged on our fee (100) along with any disbursements incurred (see below). This will cover all the normal work including investigating the estate, identifying the legally appointed executors and beneficiaries, completing the Probate application and HMRC forms, applying for the Grant of Probate, calling in the assets, preparation of estate accounts and distribution of the assets. VAT at 20% will be charged on the appropriate fee (300; 500; 700) along with any disbursements incurred (see below).

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