A number of recent test cases have put before the court the issue of how far a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney can go in its instructions to the attorneys and what they can ask them to do. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare appoints someone to make decisions on(…)
The intestacy rules are rules set by the government which determine who will inherit from an estate when the deceased left no Will. In some cases, an individual’s wishes might the same as set out by the intestacy rules and we often get asked what the point of making a Will is if their wishes(…)
At Brearleys Solicitors we like to give back to the communities we work among and support local charities. This year our Brighouse office are again working with Overgate Hospice by participating in Make a Will Fortnight. Make an appointment with us to make a will as part of the scheme between 8th October and 19th(…)
The ongoing issue of funding care in later life is one that receives much discussion and media coverage. Figures in 2016/2017 suggested the shortfall for care was in the region of 17.7 billion. Those that have worked hard all their life and paid tax throughout feel that it is unfair that the cost of care(…)
More people are taking out Lasting Powers of Attorney to allow Attorneys to act on their behalf in relation to their Financial and Welfare decisions, if in the future they are unable to act for themselves. Investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) into the actions of Attorneys are on the rise. One(…)
You have finally got round to making a Will and thought long and hard about what you want to leave to whom. How do you make sure that your wishes are followed and prevent someone challenging the Will? The first thing is it is important that the Will is drafted correctly to ensure that it(…)
As Solicitors, we don’t like meeting clients who’ve been misled by Will Writing companies. We see it far too often when clients believe their Wills have been drafted in accordance with their wishes, but upon reviewing their Wills or after their death, it is discovered that this is not the case. So, what is wrong(…)
Local solicitor, James Shingleton from Brearleys Solicitors in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, has defended lasting powers of attorney This follows comments from a former senior judge that power of attorney orders are open to financial abuse But national group Solicitors for the Elderly says with the right advice, powers of attorney can act as important safeguards(…)
James Shingleton, Solicitor at Brearleys Solicitors, intends to support any campaign to object to the Government’s proposal to increase Probate Registry fees. James said “ This is going to affect every single one of us. Despite 84% of respondents, including myself, opposing the proposal to increase Probate Registry Court fees, the Ministry of Justice has(…)
If you are planning your family holiday have you ever thought about what would happen if the unthinkable occurred and most members of the family were fatally injured? In these circumstances it is common for all of their belongings and estate to pass to the state under the laws of intestacy. It’s much better to(…)
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