A Family Friendly Will Writer

Some couples find it impossible to find time during a busy working week, to make an appointment to discuss their Will instructions without a child holding on to their legs, or the office ringing constantly.

If you’re struggling to get round to Wills, even though you know it’s more important than ever, now you have little ones, you may want to consider using a parent friendly Will writer.

What would make your life easier? Like to settle the kids for the night, then have someone arrive at your home about 7pm? Prefer to deal with things on a Saturday morning? Would these make all the difference and allow you to finally make progress with your Wills?

Contact a Will Writing Professional who’s willing to go the extra mile for you and your family.

If you want to chat through your needs, give us a call – we are always happy to fit around your schedule.

Why you need Lasting Power of Attorney

Nine out of ten of us do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you don’t know what that is, then you are in good company because nearly a third of people don’t have a clue, according to a new survey by Saga Legal Services.

An LPA is a legal document recognised by all kinds of organisations, including banks and insurers that lets you appoint an attorney – a trusted friend or relative of your choice – to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated and can’t make them yourself.

Without an attorney in these circumstances the only option is for a relative to apply to the Court of Protection to become your ‘deputy’. This can take four to six months and is stressful for all involved, according to Saga’s Emma Myers.

Some years ago my mother thankfully organised an Enduring Power of Attorney, a similar document that the LPA replaced in 2007.

She was in good health then. But seven years on she has had a stroke and now I am her attorney and in charge of her affairs. I can say that such a battle with red tape was an extra pressure I am grateful to have done without.

Contact us today to make your Lasting Power of Attorney.

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An Unusual Will: William Shakespeare

While most of us write a Will in order that our financial affairs are in order and that our loved ones will be looked after once we are gone. Some people have used them to make political points, or just for a bit of a laugh.

Take William Shakespeare, who died in 1616. His last wish was that his wife Anne, receive his ‘second best bed’. This naturally led to speculation about their relationship, despite it not being uncommon at the time to leave a good quality bed in your Will, it was only his second best! He also left an epitaph on his grave ‘Blest be the man that spares these stones, / and cursed be he that moves my bones’ While some say that he meant to frighten off grave robbers the wording was taken so seriously that when his wife died 7 years later, they would not allow her body to be placed with his.

The wording of a Will is a powerful thing and is remembered as your last wishes. Get in touch today for the help you may need with writing your will.

Working with British Liver Trust – 2013

The British Liver Trust is the only adult liver charity in the UK; 2013 is its 25th anniversary. There are many different types of liver disease, including genetic conditions with no known cause.

Over 11,500 people die of liver disease every year; it is known as the ‘silent killer’ as symptoms often do not show until it is too late.

British Liver Trust provides advice, support and information for patients and families and aims to reduce the numbers affected in the future through awareness raising and campaigning activities, such as their Love Your Liver campaign (www.loveyourliver.org.uk) and being part of the Long Live Britain screening programme, shown on BBC1 in August.

We are proud to be supporting British Liver Trust throughout September 2013 by offering our services free of charge to create a standard, mirror or codicil Will, in exchange for a donation to the charity.

For more information about the charity’s work, please visit www.britishlivertrust.org.uk.

Why do I need Lasting Power of Attorney?

One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. However, don’t assume relatives can just walk into a bank and access your money, even to pay for your care. Too many families face the nightmare of a difficult and costly court process to take control.

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows someone you have chosen and trust to make decisions on your behalf, whether it be Health and Welfare or Property and Finance.

Thinking and talking about what would happen if our faculties deserted us is uncomfortable. Yet you need to consider how much worse the situation would be if you became incapacitated through a stroke, accident, dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s) without sorting it first.

If a Lasting Power of Attorney is not in place then your family would have to go to the court of protection and make an application to be able to handle your affairs. this is an extremely costly and time consuming business as anyone who has, had to do it will testify.

It can be a costly business setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney if you go through a solicitor who may charge in the region of £600 to complete the documentation . This is a lot of money and very off putting to many people. I am not a solicitor but I am legally trained and can act as certificate provider for your Lasting Power of Attorney. My fees are far more accessible at £150 and I will always try and get a redemption or reduction on the Office of Public Guardian‘s fee to register the documents.

Don’t delay what can be done today! Get in touch now to make your Lasting Power of Attorney.