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Nichole Giddings

Private Client Senior Paralegal
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Until recently, no one had an automatic right to see your Will, even if you had lost capacity to make a financial decision. If you wanted to allow your Attorney to see your Will, you would have to have included a specific condition in your Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs or signed a separate letter to go with your Enduring Power of Attorney.

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There are a number of legal issues that can arise when children with disabilities move from paediatric to adult care. The transition can present challenges for families, who may need advice on how an Application to the Court of Protection for a Health and Welfare Order can give them the authority to make healthcare decisions for their child after they become a young adult. Without such an Order in place, a parent or member of the family has no legal right to interfere which that young adult’s care.

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As the UK population ages, knowing our legal rights and putting in place plans for our later years is more important than ever.

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The Office of the Public Guardian recently produced guidance in an attempt to clarify the current rules on deputies and how they should approach family care payments.

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The Alzheimer’s Society’s recent statistics show that this year there are 850,000 people with dementia and that one in three people born in 2015 will develop dementia in their lifetime.

Frightening statistics indeed, but what do people need to consider now to ensure that, if it happens to them, they have done all they can to make sure their assets and family are protected as much as they possibly can be?

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Most commonly a crisis means we suddenly have to step in to look after a loved one but with little idea if we are entitled to any help. The sad thing is that it is estimated that 10.6 million of us will be expected to become carers in the next five...
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Nichole Giddings who works in the Private Client Department of Longmores Solicitors in Hertford and who specialises in this area of Law is concerned that many businesses do not protect their assets. Are you a sole trader or a partner in a private...
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Most people consider it is prudent to make a Will, but how many people think about making a Lasting Power of Attorney? What could happen if you do not have one? If, during your lifetime, something happens so that you cannot make decisions for yourself...
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Being a Deputy or Attorney can cause difficulties if you find yourself having to wear different hats: the first as the relative of the incapacitated person and the second as protector of that relative’s assets. Take for example the situation where a...
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Some of you may have seen the article in The Telegraph on 5th November saying that Doctors have been accused of signing a “death warrant” after leaving instructions for other medics not to resuscitate a patient. The lady in question was being...
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Some of you may have seen an article in “The Telegraph ” in June entitled “Surge in Digital Dementia”. Doctors in South Korea are reporting a surge in “digital dementia” among young people who have become so reliant...
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Some of you may have seen in an article in “The Times” on 31st March entitled “For the Alzheimer victims lost in time, a new village of hope”. The village is called Hogeweg and is in The Netherlands. It has been called the...
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As the winter approaches, more and more vulnerable people are going to find it difficult to manage. A recent survey by Age UK shows that there are 2.9 million people over the age of 65 living in England who currently need care. This is alarming...
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