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The Definitive Guide to Acting as Executor
Acting as an executor is a role that demands not only legal and financial acumen but also a delicate touch of empathy and understanding. It’s a journey that involves navigating through complex paperwork, financial matters, and the emotional terrain of grieving family members. …
The Court of Protection Explained
Designed to safeguard the rights and best interests of individuals who lack mental capacity, these forms play a pivotal role in facilitating crucial decisions related to their welfare and property. Whether you’re a concerned family member, a legal professional, or simply curious about the workings of the Court of Protection, this article aims to shed light on an often-misunderstood aspect of the legal landscape….
The Definitive Guide to How Equity Release Works
Wondering how equity release works? It’s a financial solution that allows homeowners, typically those aged 55 or older, to release a portion of the equity tied up in their property. By unlocking this equity, individuals can access a lump sum or regular payments, providing financial flexibility in retirement. Understanding the ins and outs of equity release is essential to make informed decisions about this option, ensuring it aligns with your goals and circumstances. In most cases, a mental capacity assessment is usually required to ensure that the client understands why they wish to enter into such an agreement and its’ salient details….
Financial vulnerability & Covid-19
In October 2017, the FCA noted that 50% of British Adults were believed to be financially vulnerable, but what does this actually mean and how does that stand today?…
Is the GP the right person to do mental capacity assessments?
Increasingly we get reports from solicitors that GP’s are either declining to conduct mental capacity assessments or that the outcome of such assessments is questionable. Yet in reality, is this really surprising? …
The Definitive Guide to Testamentary Capacity
Drafting a will is a fundamental aspect of financial planning, yet it often gets overlooked due to its perceived complexity or the discomfort associated with discussing one’s mortality. However, a well-crafted will is critical as it ensures that upon one’s demise, their assets and possessions are distributed according to their wishes, eliminating potential disputes and ensuring the financial security of their loved ones. Additionally, a will also allows individuals to appoint guardians for their children and make provisions for any dependents or charitable causes they may support….
Mental Capacity & Communication
Mental capacity and communication are intricately linked. There are two assertions that can be made about the relationship between the two…
The Dangers of a Blank Canvas
I was recently asked to review an assessment of capacity in relation to a person’s will. The report stated “I asked P if he knew what the value of their estate and P replied ‘No’”. The author of the report drew from that the conclusion that ‘P’ did not have capacity to make a will….