Category: Powers of Attorney

Carers Week 2020

Carers Week 2020 takes place this week (8 – 12 June) and is an annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of caring, recognise the contribution that unpaid carers make and highlight the challenges they may face. The aim this year is to Make Caring Visible. New research launched for this year’s Carer’s Week found …

Organ Donation Law is changing in England from 20 May 2020

The law relating to organ donation in England changes this week. From 20 May 2020, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ and tissue donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or they are in one of the excluded groups. Excluded groups …

Making decisions: Short-term alternatives to Lasting Powers of Attorney

When someone starts to find it difficult to make or execute decisions themselves, the natural thing to do is to reach for the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Sadly, many people put off making LPAs – perhaps daunted by the prospect of ‘giving up control’ or because they refuse to contemplate that it may happen …

Planning for you and your loved ones during Covid-19

The first case of the Covid-19 Coronavirus was reported in England on 31 January. Since then we have seen numerous steps taken to try to prevent the spread of the virus. These include: – Self-isolation for those aged over 70, with long term health conditions or virus symptoms Social-distancing measures Hospitals and care homes closed …

Dementia ‘greatest health challenge of our times’

The charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has warned that dementia is the greatest health challenge of our time. With one in eight death certificates in England and Wales citing dementia as the cause of death, the World Health Organization says dementia is now the fifth biggest killer worldwide, although in some wealthier countries, it is number …

Don’t take chances when it comes to your future…

We all hope that we won’t become incapable of making our own decisions, but accidents can happen at any time and with one person developing dementia in the UK every three minutes, now is more important than ever to plan ahead and set up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to ensure that your wishes are …

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney is of benefit

Jennifer Murphy, head of our private client department, has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse. An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions …

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