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What does the Conservative Manifesto mean for social care and the elderly?

Ahead of the general election in June, Teresa May has announced the Conservative manifesto which plans to introduce some new measures in respect of paying for care both at home and in a care home. Under the current system, if an individual has more than £23,250 in assets, including the value of their home, then they have to pay for their care. Read more

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Equal division of assets remains the starting point

Courts have awarded the estranged wife of a former oil and gas trader £453m in what is thought to be one of the largest divorce settlements awarded in the UK.

The couple had been married for just over 20 years having met in Moscow in 1989.  The husband tried to argue that the marriage had ended in 1999 and that any claim by the Wife “should be based on wealth generated at the latest up to 2004 but not thereafter”. The Husband had sold his business for $1.4bn in 2012 and so if he had successfully argued this then it would have had a large impact on the assets available to be divided. Read more

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Planning for your future – using a professional #WhatCanYouDo

Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May) seeks to encourage people to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement. Part of that conversation is about planning ahead for the future, which can make the end of life experience a little easier for yourself and your loved ones.  Read more

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No Lasting Power of Attorney in place – applying to the Court of Protection #WhatCanYouDo

Yesterday’s blog as for Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May) was about Lasting Powers of Attorney.  Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to talk about death, dying, bereavement and to plan for the future.  Sometimes, unfortunately, advance planning is not done.  If a person loses mental capacity and does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place, those who wish to assist or manage the patient’s finances must apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as their Deputy. Read more

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The Two Types of Lasting Power of Attorney #WhatCanYouDo

As part of Dying Matters Awareness week (8-14 May) we are encouraging people to talk about dying and the importance of planning for later life.

Unfortunately, situations can arise whereby people become unable to manage their own affairs, whether that be due to mental or physical incapacity.  Putting your affairs in order now can make things much easier for your relatives, who might otherwise have difficulty making decisions or managing matters on your behalf.   If this is left until someone has lost mental capacity, there are only limited options available for those who wish to help. Read more

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The Various ‘Myths’ Around Making a Will #WhatCanYouDo

This week (8-14 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week and Forbes are blogging about issues surrounding death, dying and planning for your future.

One important step to prepare for dying, death and bereavement is making a Will.  Many people put off making a Will because they do not like to talk about dying.  There are various ‘myths’ around making a Will:-

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 #WhatCanYouDo

This week (8-14 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week, organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Most of us feel uncomfortable talking about dying, but by having these conversations, we can help to support our loves ones.  Read more

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Following the introduction of the new Residence Nil Rate Band in April, does your Will still work for you?

Following the introduction of the new Residence Nil Rate Band in April, it is now an ideal time to review your current will and ensure that it not only meets your current needs but is also tax efficient.

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Investigations into a cluster of NHS baby deaths highlight the pitfalls of the ‘wait and see policy’

Investigations into a cluster of NHS baby deaths highlight the pitfalls of the ‘wait and see policy’ adopted by many hospitals during childbirth.

A BBC investigation has identified at least 7 deaths during childbirth in less than 2 years at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

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Spice Up Your Trade Mark! – The Beckham Brand Keeps Growing

It has recently emerged that Victoria Beckham has registered her five year old daughter Harper’s name as a trademark in the UK and Europe, along with the names of her three sons. This move has attracted both criticism and comment towards Victoria, but the reality is that this is a smart commercial decision. Read more

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