Executors’ liabilities

Executors’ liabilities

The role of executor to the estate of someone who has died comes with a number of responsibilities. An executor has the task of administering the deceased’s affairs, to include paying debts, selling assets and preparing estate accounts. The role is onerous. It can be...
Care fees and care fee planning

Care fees and care fee planning

If you or your spouse or partner need to move into care, the expense could use up a large part of your estate. While it is not lawful to deliberately deprive the local authority of funds, there are legitimate ways to protect your wealth so that it can be passed on to...
Which takes priority, an LPA or an advance decision?

Which takes priority, an LPA or an advance decision?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and advance decisions give authority to others to make decisions about your care on your behalf, should you need this help in the future. Both documents are for use in the event that you become unable to make decisions for yourself....
How to stop a Grant of Probate

How to stop a Grant of Probate

After someone’s death, their executor will usually need to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate. In some instances, you may want to prevent a Grant from being issued. A Grant of Probate is the document that gives an executor the legal authority to deal...
Court of Protection & deputyship

Court of Protection & deputyship

If an individual loses the capacity to manage their own affairs and make important decisions, it may be necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order. When someone is no longer able to cope with day-to-day life, either in respect of their...
Six common misconceptions about Wills and Probate

Six common misconceptions about Wills and Probate

There are strict rules surrounding Wills and the administration of estates after a death, meaning that relying on some common beliefs could cause problems for your loved ones. We take a look at some common misconceptions and what the true position is. My spouse will...