WISDOM COMES WITH AGE?

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Be wise! Is it time for you to organise Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for yourself (or for your parents)?

Anyone over 60 should have Lasting Powers of Attorney – we’ll help!

Growing old can bring many problems. Dementia in some form. Parkinson’s. Stroke. Cancer. Diabetes. Arthritis. The list goes on. Some occur in an instant. Some creep up insidiously. Many conditions mean that your family or friends may eventually have to help you with day-to-day organisational tasks.

While you are in reasonable health it is important to arrange Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). These are powerful documents. They will give family members, trusted friends or professionals’ legal powers to look after your affairs when and if it becomes necessary.

Without LPAs, it’s very difficult, very time-consuming and very expensive to deal on a relative or friend’s behalf with the bank, the doctor, the care home… Many families sadly discover this when it’s too late, trying to manage bank accounts, pensions and insurance policies after someone has been struck down with dementia or incapacitated through accident or illness.

With an LPA in place and ready to go, acting on behalf of a loved one is straightforward and the interests of all parties are protected.

The government advises ALL older people to take out LPAs. They are efficient and cost effective. LPAs save families thousands of pounds in ANNUAL legal fees.

Organise Lasting Powers of Attorney while you can – it will save your family and friends money, stress and time-consuming legal hassles.

The most important thing to remember is that an LPA can only be set up while the person who is giving the Power of Attorney has ‘Mental Capacity’. They MUST understand what they are doing when they sign the document.

NEXT YEAR, NEXT MONTH, NEXT WEEK MAY BE TOO LATE!

So, keep up with exercise, a decent diet, mind gym and the multi-vitamins. They might work.

In the meantime, protect yourself and the ones you love with something that definitely works – organise Lasting Powers of Attorney today.

Your local Just Wills & Legal Services consultant will help. We will gently guide you through the LPA process in the comfort of your own home.

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Or, call 01223 655 646 or 07930 197 432 for a FREE telephone consultation!

We can explain on the telephone what is involved and then arrange an appointment at a convenient time if you wish to go ahead.

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Blog: Do you know someone living an urban myth? Warn them!

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“We’ve lived together for ten years so my partner will inherit my estate…”

WRONG!

“Common Law Marriage” in England is a MYTH – there is no such thing under English law.

In black and white from the government:

“A SURVIVING PARTNER WHO WASN’T MARRIED OR IN A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DECEASED HAS NO AUTOMATIC RIGHT TO INHERIT.”

If you want your unmarried partner to inherit, you MUST write a Will.

Without a Will, long-term partners may inherit NOTHING.

If you know anyone in this situation, please tell them – it could save them from financial disaster.

Your local Just Wills & Legal Services Lt. consultant will help. We gently guide clients through the process in the comfort of their own home.

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Blog: Second Marriage? You need a new Will!

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“My mother remarried and was really happy. Then she was killed in a car accident on holiday and it emerged she hadn’t made a new Will since remarrying. Her old Will, which split everything between me and my brother was irrelevant. My brother and I now don’t get anything from her estate and I can’t believe that is what she would have wanted…”
Many people assume that your children will take first priority in the event of your death and so are automatically provided for, but this simply isn’t the case.

In the event of your death without a Will, under English laws of intestacy, for estates valued at under £450,000 the first £250,000 of your estate will automatically pass to your spouse (including the value of your house). The remaining amount will be split in half, with half to go to your spouse and the remainder split between any children or grandchildren. If your estate is worth less than £250,000 then your children may get nothing!

Lawyer’s fees may also eat into an estate without a clear Will. Save your family real headaches – get a lawyer checked Will!

Put your love in writing – protect your family with a properly drawn up, lawyer-checked Will. It’s the least that you can do for your family.

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Blog: Got Kids? You Need a WILL!

Got kids? You really, really, REALLY need a Will!

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If the worst happens, your Will makes sure that your children are not taken into care while a court tries to sort out who should look after them. Your Will decides who will look after them, and who will take care of your money and other assets until your kids grow up.

Put your love in writing – protect your family with a properly drawn up, lawyer-checked Will.

It’s the least that you can do for your family.

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Blog: Can the Courts Overturn Your Will?

 

The answer may occasionally be ‘Yes’, but that depends on what you are trying to do, and how well your Will is written and supported.

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The 2015 Court of Appeal ruling on the case of Melita Jackson who disinherited her daughter completely, in favour of several animal charities, only for her wishes to be finally overruled by the courts – has left many people worried that their own wishes could be similarly disregarded even though they’ve been prudent enough to make (and to regularly review) their Will.

Mrs Jackson’s daughter, Heather Ilott, originally challenged the Will in 2007 under a right to “reasonable provision” which is contained in the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The 2015 decision eight years later finally granted the daughter £164,000 from an estate of just under £500,000.

If you are making what could be seen as a controversial decision in your Will, it is important to have it properly drawn up and your decisions supported by evidence and explanations, usually in a supplementary ‘Letter of Wishes’.

Can you demonstrate tangible connections to the people or organisations you wish to leave your money to?

Is the person you are leaving some or all of your estate to someone you have a close relationship with (even if there is no blood tie)? Can you explain in a ‘Letter of Wishes’ attached to your will why and how this person is important to you?

In the case of leaving money or property to a charity or other organisation, can you demonstrate a connection to that charity or organisation prior to your death? Have you been a volunteer, or a regular donor/supporter?

Can you explain why you are disinheriting a close relative?

Similarly, can you give reasons why you are not including someone in a Will, even your own child? Is it simply because you disagree with their life decisions, or have they actually treated you badly in some demonstrable way?

Even after the recent ruling, adult relatives who are not living with you or financially dependent on you at the time of your death – and who are not experiencing any financial hardship – will still struggle to prove a claim, but it will be easier for them than previously.

Is your Will made properly?

Although in theory a scribbled amendment left in your bedside drawer could be presented as a legal Will if properly witnessed, it’s unlikely to be looked upon by the courts as a legal document that has been produced in a considered manner, with appropriate legal advice. This could make arguing for your wishes more difficult.

This is one of the many reasons it’s important to make a Will with proper legal consultation and to review it regularly to take account of the changes that can occur in your and your family’s lives over the years.

If you are facing a similar dilemma, click here to contact your local Just Wills and Legal Services Ltd. consultant for advice on helping to ensure that your eventual estate goes where you want it to.

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Blog: Not sure you TRUST your son-in-law?

“We don’t trust our son-in-law. We think he’s with our daughter for her money and inheritance.”

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Sadly, this is not an uncommon problem. On the positive side, if you’re worried about your daughter’s future inheritance, it’s an easy problem to solve with Just Wills & Legal Services (Cambridge).

We can add a special Discretionary Trust to your new Will and it will ensure that your daughter’s eventual inheritance will be supervised by your chosen Trustees.

Until the end of November, we can add a Discretionary Trust to a new Will for only £195+VAT.

Contact us to arrange an appointment! CLICK HERE!

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Blog: Will the Bank Freeze Your Joint Bank Account?

Most people know that a bank or building society will freeze an account if the holder becomes mentally incapable.

What people may not realise, is that it is now common practice for high street banks and building societies to also freeze withdrawals from JOINT ACCOUNTS as well if any ONE of the account holders becomes mentally incapable.

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This is in line with the financial guidance issued in 2013 by the British Bankers Association. This protects the financial institutions but can be disastrous for the account holders who are BOTH left in limbo when they really need access to their money.

If the mentally incapable account holder has previously made a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, the remaining joint account holder and their attorney (who may be one and the same person) CAN continue to operate the account without any interruption.

Alternatively, if the incapable account holder did not create a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, the account will be frozen until a “Deputyship Order” has been made by the Court of Protection appointing a Deputy to make decisions on behalf of the incapable person in respect of their property and affairs.

Obtaining an Order from the Court of Protection is a very costly and cumbersome procedure which can take up to 6 months before the Order is issued. It will also need to be renewed annually. Deputyships also require annual reporting and supervision by the Court of Protection.

If joint account holders want to avoid costly delays in the event of one of them losing mental capacity, they should take steps to make and register a Property and Financial Affairs LPA. This MUST be done BEFORE mental capacity is lost.

One in three women and one in five men will face dementia. Many other medical problems may also impact the elderly, resulting in a loss of mental capacity.

By putting LPAs in place for you and your partner, YOU can choose who you want to manage your affairs when you are unable to do so for yourself.

It is important that you take advice. We have the knowledge and experience to be able to advise you of the best way to achieve this.

Just Wills & Legal Services consultants are always happy to help anyone through the (sometimes intimidating) legal process of putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place to take care of either your medical or your financial decisions (and preferably both) in case the time should come when you can’t make decisions for yourself.

If you’d like to book a FREE consultation with one of our advisors to discuss this, or any other estate planning issue, just contact us!

 

Call 01223 655 646 or 07930 197 432 for a FREE telephone consultation

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We can explain on the telephone what is involved and then arrange an appointment at a convenient time if you wish to go ahead.

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Blog – Do You Trust Your Spouse?

If you were in a coma, who would you want to make decisions about your care – or even whether to let you live or die? Your other half, your children, or a complete stranger?

If you suffered a head injury, sudden stroke or mental illness, could your family access vital funds to pay for day to day bills or even vital medical care?

Many of our clients have put plans in place for what will happen if our spouse or partner dies. But quite a few don’t want to think what will happen if they don’t die, but are mentally incapacitated.

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When a loved one is rendered suddenly and unexpectedly unable to make decisions due to illness or injury, those closest to them can find joint bank accounts unexpectedly frozen, assets inaccessible and a lengthy and expensive legal process becomes necessary to continue to pay the bills while caring for their ill partner or family member.

Without a Lasting Power of Attorney (sometimes known as a ‘Living Will’) in place, in England the Court of Protection will be appointed to represent what they believe are your best interests; your loved ones will have to apply to the Court to decide even the simplest of matters.

While the Court of Protection is necessary to protect the sick and vulnerable from relatives who may not have their best interests at heart, it is also a massively overstretched institution and families who are at its mercy may have to wait months for decisions regarding their loved ones’ medical care or finances.

All this while having to wade through legal jargon and arcane regulations, spending masses of money on escalating fees!

The internet is awash with stories of ordinary people who have suffered from the lack of a Lasting Power of Attorney, from the woman who had to apply to the court for access to money to pay the bills, after her husband was hit by a car; to the case of ‘M’, whose family argued for her right to die but lost because although ‘M’ had expressed a wish to die in such a situation, she had made no formal provision.

Just Wills & Legal Services consultants are always happy to help anyone through the (sometimes intimidating) legal process of putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place to take care of either your medical or your financial decisions (and preferably both) if the time should come when you can’t.

If you’d like to book a FREE consultation with one of our advisors to discuss this, or any estate planning issue, call us on 012233 655 646 or email info@justwillscambridge.co.uk

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Blog: How to Make Your Kids’ Inheritance Disappear!

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Losing Your Inheritance Through a Step-Parent

What if your father fully intended to provide for you, and had even made his wishes clear in a witnessed agreement and legally witnessed Will, and he died believing he had done his best for you – and then that inheritance could be taken away from you?

What if this stripping of your inheritance was perfectly legal?

It seems impossible, doesn’t it?

But this is exactly what seems to have happened to Paul Daniels Junior, the son of the magician, Paul Daniels, who sadly died of a brain tumour in March 2016.

According to an article in The Sun (16th October 2016) Paul Daniels’ second wife, Debby McGee, inherited the magician’s entire £1.5 million estate after promising ‘to look after Paul Daniel’s three sons’ from a previous marriage.

According to the article, the sons have received nothing.

Whatever the ins and outs of this sad story, it is relatively simple to make sure that this does not happen to your own children in the event of the remarriage of a surviving spouse or their change of mind about agreements on the disposal of your estate.

So what would be Just Wills and Legal Service’s advice in a similar situation?

If you remarry and want to protect your estate, or a portion of it, for your children from a previous relationship, we would advise you to set up a Trust. A properly formed Trust can provide for your spouse after your death, while safeguarding your children’s or grandchildren’s inheritance.

For example, you can form a Trust that will take effect after your death which allows your spouse to benefit from your estate during their lifetime (i.e., continue to live in the same house; access interest on capital), but on your spouse’s death the estate will pass to your children and/or grandchildren and cannot be willed elsewhere.

If you or your spouse has children from a previous marriage or relationship and you have not made Wills, or are relying on simple mirror Wills, then you may want to speak to one of our experts as soon as possible, to protect your children’s inheritance.

 

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