We are pleased to confirm that we are taking part in Make a Will fortnight at our Brighouse office hosted by Overgate Hospice. Between the 29th April – 10th May you can book an appointment to see a Solicitor at the Brighouse office to make a Will. Once everything has been completed and you have(…)
The Ministry of Justice plan to bring in changes to probate registry fees in April 2019. You will see in the attached article that this will be challenged on the basis that it is a ‘stealth tax’. We are hoping that the changes do not come in as it will hit bereaved families the hardest(…)
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(…)
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