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Broadly speaking, if someone cannot make a certain decision for themselves, they are often said to ‘lack capacity’ to make the decision. Capacity is function specific, based upon the decision at hand that needs to be made. The legal framework applying to mental capacity can be found in The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).  This…

Readers of this month’s newsletter will note Juliette Spanner’s article “What is mental capacity and how does it impact me?”, which refers to the The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). All attorneys should familiarize themselves with the MCA in order to carry out their duties properly and effectively. It is very easy, when asked to…

The Private Client Department is often instructed by clients concerned about their vulnerable friends or relatives and how to assist them in managing their personal or financial affairs. If the person has already lost capacity and does not have an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney in place, then the only way properly to protect…

American singer and song-writer Britney Spears shot to fame in 1999 following a string of successful musical hits and soon Spears became a household name recognised globally for her musical achievements. However, following her divorce in 2006, Spears suffered a highly publicised mental health crisis, which resulted in her father being appointed as her conservator…

The importance of the Health and Welfare Lasting of Power of Attorney has been highlighted recently with the Covid-19 vaccination. Many of the elderly and vulnerable members of society have already received their first vaccination. If you or a family member have not taken up your vaccination appointment then what can and what can’t you…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document that gives very strong permissions over someone’s life and wellbeing, therefore it is advisable that you seek legal help and advice from a solicitor when wanting to make a Power of Attorney to ensure that there can be no risk of abuse of the power given. By…

Good Morning Britain presenter and former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant, Kate Garraway, has this month spoken out about the financial struggles she and her family have faced whilst her husband has been in hospital battling Covid-19; purely because he did not have a Power of Attorney in place. Derek Garraway,…

Whether you like him or loathe him Alan Sugar is one example of a British business mogul who has built himself up from a one-man market trader to an international billionaire business tycoon and is now the face of a plethora of business ventures. But following Lord Sugar’s health scare last year (from which luckily…

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has brought about monumental changes in our usual habits and behaviours and whilst the social distancing and self-isolation shielding may have helped to reduce the spread of the virus, it has also resulted in some people struggling to manage day to day tasks.  Going to the shops to buy groceries, visiting…

For those of us who are fit and healthy, it is very difficult to imagine what we would really want in situations where we were unable to make or communicate our own decisions. At the time of writing, we are in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, so the articles in this month’s newsletter are…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

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