Well….four years have passed and the World Cup football tournament has rolled around again. It’s once again time to put your patriotism to the test and support your country! #ComeOnEngland. As a result of the past few tournaments we have all become a little jaded as supporters but in 2018 we really have a team who we can get behind and we at BBP (or at least one of us) thinks we may have a chance of winning!
A new report from Zurich has suggested that retirees are potentially being hindered from obtaining financial help should they become ill or lose mental capacity due to not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place.
Recently it has been reported that a 27 year old with no health concerns is more prepared for death than most pensioners. She has planned her funeral and decided what she would like to happen to her belongings and shared her Googledocs with her family containing all the information.
The High Court has recently ruled in favour of a woman whose late partner of 42 years left her nothing from his £1.5 million estate. His estate was left to tenants and friends.
The High Court ruled she should be entitled to a share of the estate and granted her one of her late partner’s properties worth £225,000, £160,000 for her future maintenance and care and £28,845 to renovate the property.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) recently announced that it has been incorrectly charging for its registration services. So, if you paid a registration fee in connection with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are entitled to a refund of a portion of the registration fee paid.
The recent case of Owens has highlighted a potential situation where one spouse has to prove that the other has behaved unreasonably in order to obtain a divorce. This allows one party to the marriage to effectively stop the divorce by claiming that their behaviour was not unreasonable. Such a claim is not going to mend the marriage, causes serious emotional distress which is likely to impact on all family members, and often causes financial hardship, not to mention a significant increase in legal fees.