Powers of Attorney – it’s a matter of trust

With continuing advances in modern medicine, we are living longer and longer. And while we are able to keep our bodies healthy and fit into older age, often our minds cannot keep pace. A lasting power of attorney (LPA) provides an additional means of support among those you trust if you are no longer able […]

Why a legal expert is best for estate administration

Like many government organisations, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) has been increasing its digital services over the past few years as it aims to provide a more streamlined system for probate registries. While the online service provides an option for executors and administrators to deal with an estate themselves, Karen Starkey, a solicitor […]

How to spot abuse of the elderly and vulnerable

As we continue our adjustment to living with Covid-19, concern over its effects on elderly and vulnerable people is mounting. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in requests for help but many people do not associate domestic abuse with the elderly. For the sake of their physical health, many […]

Let lockdown be your spur to action on care planning

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened interest in taking control of your personal affairs and addressing important matters like Wills and powers of attorney. We have certainly seen an uptick in ‘private client’ work, and the lockdown measures have not prevented us from helping scores of people get these documents prepared. In some cases, we have […]

Who decides on my care arrangements if I have no power of attorney?

‘Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well,’ said Mark Twain in 1881 when, on average, men died at 50 and women reached 56. Nowadays, average life expectancy for men in the UK is 79 and for women it is 83, and one in every 14 people over […]

Making a Will after your spouse or partner has died

Coming to terms with the death of your spouse or partner will take time, but at some point you will need to think about financial and legal issues. Once probate has been obtained and their estate has been settled, you may need to think about whether you should make a Will – or amend any […]

Mental capacity requirements to make a Will

With debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s on the increase, the question of whether or not a person has mental capacity to make a Will frequently arises. Alvin David, Wills and Probate specialist at KWW Solicitors explains the rules. Assessing mental capacity Mental capacity, in the context of making a Will, broadly relates to whether a […]

Reducing the risk of attorneys falling out

The steady rise in life expectancy means it is more important than ever that people appoint someone to take control of their financial and healthcare decisions if they are no longer able to do so themselves through ill health. This is done by appointing attorneys under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which gives the […]

The perils of DIY probate

An increasing number of executors choose to deal with an estate themselves when a close relative dies. But is this really a wise move, asks Alvin David, of our Wills and probate team… The reality is that probate is usually a complex process, even where the estate appears to be small and straightforward. If you take […]

Your Will: Don’t put it off!

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality, but planning for the future is important to ensure your property, money and possessions are distributed the way you intend. Here. Alvin David, one of our Wills specialists, offers his thoughts on a very important subject… A study from YouGov in 2017 found that 62% […]