A Guide to Care Home Fees

The requirement for long term care is often associated with the aging process, however the need for long term care can arise at any term in a person’s life as a result of a serious illness, accident or disability. Regardless of age there are two types of care a person may require: Healthcare or Social…

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A life, and Death, in the Sun

Thinking of moving abroad to retire or start a new life? Every year thousands of Brits move abroad for many reasons. A job change, retirement in a warmer climate and fulfilling ones life dream are among many reasons us Brits leave the usually gloomy British weather. The journey is not an easy one and every…

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Lasting powers of attorney: when can an attorney start to act

Lasting powers of attorney: when can an attorney start to act The attorney can only act when the LPA has been registered with the Public Guardian. The law for LPAs is different from that for EPAs (which dealt with property and financial affairs only). An EPA must (if it is to be used) be registered when the…

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It’s never too early to plan for the future, but it can be too late

A recent study by the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) warns that a third of the UK population are not prepared for later life. With improvements in health and social care as a society we are living longer and many recent studies have found the number of people developing dementia is on the rise. Despite…

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Executors: What You Need to Know

An important part of writing your Will is appointing an executor or executors. The role of an executor is to sort out your estate when you die in accordance with your Will. They will be responsible not only for distributing your estate but for making sure the right amount of tax is paid. They may…

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Do the new pension reforms make Lasting Powers of Attorney even more important?

Since the Government scrapped the rules compelling people to buy an annuity at retirement twice as many people are choosing drawdown over annuities. This means they will have the responsibility of managing their income in retirement. A recent report from Zurich estimates that more than 345,000 retirees who have chosen income drawdown to fund their…

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Digital Assets and Your Will

When it comes to writing your Will what do you think about? Many people would like to make gifts of money, possessions such a jewellery or cars and their house. Many people do not think about the assets they have that are not tangible. Digital assets can have significant value, whether this be monetary value…

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Privacy Notice

Personal Data In the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Personal Data is defined as “…any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier or…

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What is Probate?

What is Probate? In Law we use a number of words and phrases that are not used in every day life. It is easy for us to become complacent about the use of these. At Town & Country Law we work hard to explain ourselves without all the legal jargon, but sometimes it is unavoidable….

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Thinking of leaving a gift to charity in your Will?

Thinking of leaving a gift to charity in your Will? Did you know that the under 55s are more likely to donate to charity than their older counterparts? Barclays have recently conducted a survey that concluded, despite common perceptions, those aged 54 and under donate more to charity. This news should shake up the Charities…

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