The death of a family member or friend will be a devastating time, changing your life and leaving you with many different arrangements to make, all while you try and grieve and come to terms with what has happened. Making arrangements for the probate application will be one of the first things you need to do, and we are often asked whether this needs to be done when there is no Will. While there are certain situations when probate is not needed, the presence of a Will is not one of those. Sue Nicholson, Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team, explains more here about when probate is and is not needed, and how we can support you through this time of change in your life.
Following the successful launch of our Chandler’s Ford office in February this year, we are delighted to announce that we are now able to offer appointments for those looking for advice from our Private Client team. Sue Nicholson,...
Solicitors for the Elderly have urged people seek legal advice when drafting their Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) after investigations into the actions of attorneys and deputies soared by 45% in the last 12 months. Here Sue Nicholson, Associate...
The value of our online lives is worth billions of pounds but many of these assets may never be passed on, as people are failing to record their digital worth. Sue Nicholson, Private Client Lawyer, here reviews how you can protect your digital assets for the future generations, and why this is becoming more important as we move to a more online world.
Launched in 2012, September is World Alzheimer’s Month with World Alzheimer’s Day falling on the 21st of the month. Each year sees a different theme to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia, with the theme this year of “Remember Me”, to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. Sue Nicholson, Private Client Solicitor, explains here why raising this awareness is so vital and how families can prepare now for any future diagnosis of the disease.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s have become the biggest cause of death in Britain for the first time, overtaking heart disease. This increase has consequently led to the rise in Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs), and here Sue Nicholson, Private Client Lawyer, explains the importance of having an LPA in place.
Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is an excellent way to protect your future in the event that you are no longer able to make important decisions about your financial, property or medical affairs. A recent report however has highlighted the concerns around the different methods to produce an LPA, mainly the use of online or ‘DIY’ tools.
The importance of having your personal affairs in order has once again been highlighted in a case where the claimant has been dubbed the ‘Cowshed Cinderella’. While this sounds like a fairy tale, it has in fact been a harrowing journey for one family, which has resulted in a daughter being awarded £1.3million. Sue Nicholson, Private Client Lawyer, reviews the case and how this has implications for all, not just those in the farming industry.