Private Client News

Son Who Fleeced His Dementia Sufferer Mum Stripped of Power of AttorneyMarch 9, 2016

Most people would rather have their affairs looked after by a loved one if they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. However, a...

Court Approves Family Cost ControlFebruary 26, 2016

It is common for people to appoint a family member as their attorney to manage their affairs for them should they become unable to do...

OPG Outlines Investigation Policy on Abuse by Attorneys and DeputiesFebruary 16, 2016

With a steady and increasing trickle of cases involving the misappropriation of assets by attorneys appointed by people who have lost the ability to look...

Court Decides ‘Issue’ IssueFebruary 5, 2016

Words are the very stuff of law. Whilst in most instances the legal meaning of a word is the same as its meaning in everyday...

Lack of Proof Stymies Claim Against EstateJanuary 22, 2016

A recent case shows clearly, yet again, how important it is not to rely on oral promises. When a woman gave substantial sums to the man...

Mental Capacity – Importance and AssessmentJanuary 8, 2016

When a person lacks mental capacity, they are unable to create any valid legal agreement – for example to make a valid will. Challenges to...

Failed Will Dispute May Cost Woman Her HomeDecember 24, 2015

A woman who contested the will her father made shortly before he died has been left with a legal bill larger than her inheritance, after...

Can a Family Member Abroad Look After Your Affairs?December 15, 2015

It is becoming increasingly common for older people to need assistance with looking after their day-to-day affairs. Appointing an attorney using a Lasting Power of...

Charity Bequests Hit All-Time HighDecember 4, 2015

The amount of money left to charities in the wills of deceased people reached an all-time high in 2014, totalling more than £2.2 billion. An analysis...

Change of Mind Proves Costly for PensionerNovember 16, 2015

The risks inherent in giving away assets prematurely were illustrated in a recent case, which involved a 76-year-old disabled woman and her son. In 2012, the...