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November 20, 2019

Lloyds fails to return Wills to grieving families

Last month, the Lloyds Banking Group was forced to apologise for failing to return the Wills of thousands of deceased customers to their families. The Consequences of Lloyds Safe Custody Error As reported by the Financial Times, it understood that the bank recently discovered some 9,000 Wills of deceased customers lingering in their archives.…
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September 20, 2019

How can an LPA help those living with dementia?

A diagnosis of dementia can be challenging not just for the individual, but also for their family.  With so many changes, it can be hard to find time to think about practical arrangements for the future.  However, it is a good idea to start preparing early for a time when your loved one may…
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August 2, 2019

Maintaining control after preparing an LPA

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) are a means of preparing for the future. However, many clients come to us with concerns that signing a Property and Financial Affairs LPA will force them to hand over control of their finances to their attorneys.   What safeguards are in place to protect you? To address this common concern,…
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July 21, 2019

Six tips for choosing attorneys for your LPA

The primary advantage of the Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”), is that it enables you to choose people you trust to act as your attorneys and make decisions on your behalf.    What choices do I have? You can choose: the people you want to act; and if you appoint more than one person, how…
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July 5, 2019

What you really need to know about a DIY Will

DIY Wills are a cheap and accessible option for those looking to set out their wishes.  However, writing your own Will is not always the best option for your family. We look at the factors to consider below. Making your own Will In theory, you can draft your own Will with a pen and…
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June 6, 2019

Why do married couples still need Wills?

If you die without a Will, the rules of intestacy will govern the distribution of your estate.  The rules apply to everyone, married or not.  Your spouse will be in a privileged position compared to others who may seek to benefit; however, the intestacy rules can still have unexpected results.  It is crucial that…
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March 23, 2019

The Essential Guide To Appointing A Legal Guardian For Your Children

At Timbrell Law, we believe in planning ahead to secure the best possible outcome for our clients and their families.  Where there are children, it is essential that parents think about what they would want to happen if they should both die.  Children thrive on stability and continuity.  By appointing legal guardians early and working…
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March 17, 2019

How can your Will support your family?

A Will is a document that is consistently underrated. At surface level, it is just a mechanism for redistributing assets on death; however, it can be so much more.  The structure of your Will can provide stability for your family and afford you a final written goodbye. You do not need to own property…
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March 13, 2019

I am getting remarried – how can I protect my children’s inheritance?

Caring for your spouse and your children- How to strike the right balance Second marriages often create a number of estate planning challenges for couples. These challenges become more apparent where there are children from a previous relationship or marriage to consider. In addition to seeking to balance the interests of your new spouse*…
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