Powers of Attorney


The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]


New Probate Fees – April 2019

This month, the government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee, to one based on the value of the estate. The new proposals set out a banded structure, where fees rise with size of the estate. At the moment, families in England and Wales pay a flat probate fee of £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, […]


Claim a power of attorney refund

The Office of the Public Guardian has announced a scheme to allow applicants to claim part of their application fee back if they applied to register a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. This scheme applies to Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney in England and Wales. Who can claim a refund? You can make a claim […]


probate fees

Will the rise in Probate fees affect you?

The UK government has officially confirmed that probate fees in England and Wales will change in May 2017 to a banded system, where fees increase with the value of the estate, replacing the current flat fees. No fee will be payable for estates worth less than £50,000, but the charges will increase rapidly beyond that, rising to a maximum of £20,000 for estates above £2 […]


Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

~By Paula Murphy~   Most people are concerned about who will make financial decisions for them but few people are concerned about their health care and personal welfare. Only a handful of clients chose to make a Health & Welfare lasting Power of Attorney.   We have, however, been made aware by clients that they have had difficulty in persuading the authorities to respect their […]

Health & Welfare Power of Attorney

Stranger Danger

Did you know that there are two different types of Lasting Powers of Attorney? If you do – “top of the class”; if you didn’t know, well, you’re excused because most people do not know about the Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney.   A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal tool that allows you to appoint someone to make certain decisions […]