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Will Writers Urged To Advise Clients About Historic Policies March 15, 2019 at 11:45:00 AM Over half of the population could be naively handing their inheritance to the wrong person. 54% of the population are unaware that their pension policy will be passed down to the person named on the policy, even if an updated will says otherwise.........More

Property trusts, deprivation of capital and notional capital March 4, 2019 at 07:45:14 PM If an individual makes a gift or other transfer of value it does not mean that the asset will always be ignored in an assessment of the donor's financial resources for care costs.........More

Landmark Case Could Make Access To Digital Assets Easier March 1, 2019 at 06:59:00 AM The true ownership of digital assets have been difficult to ascertain but a recent case in the USA may have provided some clarity on what a person owns in the digital realm........More

£77 Million Worth Of LPA Refund Scheme Still Unclaimed February 25, 2019 at 06:32:00 PM It has now been over a year since the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) set up a refund scheme for overcharged families that applied for a lasting power of attorney between 2013 and 2017. During this time, it is estimated that around 2 million people were overcharged by £89 million during the application process.......... More

Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Set To Inherit £150 Million February 23, 2019 at 12:29:00 PM Prolific fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who worked for Chanel for over thirty years, has died aged 85, leaving the majority of a fortune worth a reported £150 million to his beloved Persian cat, Choupette.......More

OPG pilots mediation service for LPA donors and attorneys February 22, 2019 at 08:45:07 AM The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is piloting a mediation service to protect LPA donors who may be caught in the middle of a family dispute to the potential detriment of their health, welfare and best interests. The pilot includes face-to-face mediation supervised by independent, experienced, and skilled mediators as well as other means of accessing the service. All parties must agree to mediation. The pilot is not being offered where there is clear evidence that the donor has been abused (where the matter must be referred to the Court of Protection) or where there is evidence of criminality so that the police must be involved. Twenty cases have been submitted to mediation so far and the pilot will continue until summer 2019. If the pilot is deemed to be successful the OPG will seek to introduce it long term.......More