Free Wills And LPA Advice Seminar in April

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Join us on one of our free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney events on 7th and 8th April to find out if your affairs are in order. 
Over half of the population in the United Kingdom do not have a Will and this, unfortunately, can lead to difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial difficulties. It also can be time-consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order, we recommend that you prepare a Will.

According to research, over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have Dementia; this figure has been estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now, you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to.

Ensure that your affairs are in order to minimise stress for your family before and after your death. Join one of our free events to hear a short presentation about the different types of Will and LPA, and get some free tailored advice from one of our solicitors over a coffee afterwards.

Choice of two dates:      Friday 7th April or Saturday 8th April (please note Friday 7th April is now FULLY BOOKED)

Time (each event):          11am – 12.30pm

Venue (each event):       Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Kayleigh O'Donnell on 01708 229444 or complete the form to the right.

(Please note - the seminars will be taking place in our boardroom, located up one flight of stairs)

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Open Afternoon at The Beeches

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Join our solicitor Kayleigh O'Donnell for an informal afternoon of seminars and Q&A sessions at The Beeches Care Home in Brentwood on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Kayleigh, a member of our Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate department in Upminster, will be holding a seminar on Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney at Signature The Beeches Care Home on London Road, Brentwood.

Research shows that over 50% of the UK population do not yet have a Will and this can ultimately lead to difficulties upon death. Assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your family and loved ones in financial difficulties. In turn, this can prove time-consuming and expensive to resolve.

In conjunction with Kayleigh’s talk, other speakers will also be present, including Bennetts Funeral Directors, who will be present to answer any queries about planning for the future, and an Independent Financial Advisor who can advise upon Care Fee Planning.

Tours of The Beeches will also be available during the afternoon.

 

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Extra Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in November

Due to popular demand we are holding an additional free Will & Lasting Powers of Attorney events on 18 November. 
Pinney Talfourd held two information sessions in early November about the different types of Will and LPA. Both events were fully booked and due to the number of people on our waiting list we will be holding an additional date on Friday 18 November. A limited number of places are available so book now.
 
Over half of the population in the United Kingdom do not have a Will and this unfortunately can lead to difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial difficulties. It also can be time consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order we recommend that you prepare a Will.

According to research over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have Dementia with this figure estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to. This enables your Attorney to ensure that your affairs are looked after and minimises an already stressful period for your family.

This newly added presentation wil be held on Friday 18th November.

Time (each event):          11am – 12.30pm

Venue (each event):       Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Charlotte Butler on 01708 229444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in November

Visit one of our free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney events on 11 and 12 November to find out if your affairs are in order. 
Over half of the population in the United Kingdom do not have a Will and this unfortunately can lead to difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial difficulties. It also can be time consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order we recommend that you prepare a Will.

According to research over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have Dementia with this figure estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to. This enables your Attorney to ensure that your affairs are looked after and minimises an already stressful period for your family.

Join one of our free events to hear a short presentation about the different types of Will and LPA, and get some free tailored advice from one of our solicitors over a coffee afterwards. Places are limited and these events are always popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Choice of two dates:      Friday 11th November or Saturday 12th November

Time (each event):          11am – 12.30pm

Venue (each event):       Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Charlotte Butler on 01708 229444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and bank difficulties

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are becoming more common due to an increase in awareness. However banks may need more training to keep up.
An LPA is a legal document that allows you (the Donor) to decide who will act and make decisions on your behalf when you do not have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. The people you appoint are known as your Attorneys and they have a duty to act in your best interests. 

The purpose of an LPA is to protect your future by ensuring your affairs will still be looked after by someone you trust in the event you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

The first step for an Attorney stepping in to assist with your financial affairs would be to make contact with your bank. This allows them to be registered on the bank’s records as your Attorney, with the appropriate authority to manage your accounts on your behalf.

However, reports suggest that over the last five years banks have received an increasing number of complaints from people attempting to manage their loved ones accounts under an LPA. The reason for these complaints appears to be two fold:

1. Staff within banks have not been properly trained to deal with LPAs and have subsequently misadvised customers; and

2. The Donor and Attorneys themselves have made mistakes with either the preparation and registration of the LPA, or have not presented the bank with sufficient documentation to have themselves noted on the account.

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Pinney Talfourd raises over £2,000 for hospice

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Pinney Talfourd were pleased to participate once again in ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.
The pro bono charitable scheme ran during June with the Private Client department donating their time free of charge to write Wills for clients who in return made a charitable donation to Saint Francis Hospice. A total of £2,080 was raised.

Matthew Edwards, Head of the Private Client department, commented on the success of the campaign: “It is estimated that 60% of adults do not have a Will so this charitable initiative gave the incentive many people needed to make one whilst also making a worthwhile charitable donation. It was pleasing to see an increased number of people participate in the scheme this year. We would like to thank all of our clients who participated and contributed so generously. ”

Saint Francis Hospice opened its doors over 30 years ago and is one of the largest adult hospices in the UK serving Havering, Brentwood, Barking, Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. As an independent charity, Saint Francis Hospice is reliant on voluntary donations and that is why campaigns like 'Make a Will Fortnight' are so important.

This year Saint Francis Hospice requires £7.3 million to enable them to continue their excellent work offering specialist care and support to individuals and their family. Please take a look at their website for more information www.sfh.org.uk.

More information

If you would like more information on Wills, Trusts, Tax, Probate and Lasting Power of Attorney please contact a member of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department who will be happy to discuss this in more detail.  Call 01708 229 444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This article was written by Chris Dickinson, an Associate Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. 
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Free Wills & LPA Advice Seminar in June

Visit one of our free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney events on 10 and 11 June  to find out if your affairs are in order. 
Over half of the population in the United Kingdom do not have a Will and this unfortunately can lead to difficulties upon death. Your assets may not pass to whom you want to inherit, leaving your loved ones in financial difficulties. It also can be time consuming and expensive to resolve. In order to ensure your affairs are in order we recommend that you prepare a Will.

According to research over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have Dementia with this figure estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to. This enables your Attorney to ensure that your affairs are looked after and minimises an already stressful period for your family.

Join one of our free events to hear a short presentation about the different types of Will and LPA, and get some free tailored advice from one of our solicitors over a coffee afterwards. Places are limited and these events are always popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 Choice of two dates:      Friday 10th June or Saturday 11th June

Time (each event):          11am – 12.30pm

Venue (each event):      Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU

For more information and to book your free place please contact Charlotte Butler on 01708 229444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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LPAs, Court of Protection & life sustaining treatment

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Court of Protection confirms that a person with capacity can refuse life-sustaining treatment.  Could an LPA have avoided a dispute?
 
Everyone will have to make a decision about their health or care at some point in their lives.

Have you considered however the possibility that your decision may be challenged?

In the recent case of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v C and another [2015] the patient found herself at the centre of a disagreement over her decision making capacity when she refused to undertake dialysis, without which she would become progressively unwell and die.

Whilst it was accepted that the patient could understand the information relevant to the decision, retain that information and communicate her decision, the hospital felt that she was then unable to use and give weight to the information provided to her and as a result lacked the required mental capacity to refuse the dialysis.

After considering all the evidence, the Judge found in favour of the patient stating that she did realise the dialysis would keep her alive but the fact that she had decided to give this prognosis no weight in her decision-making did not mean she lacked capacity.

This outcome reaffirms the position under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 that whilst a decision may seem unwise or very strange to others, if you are an adult with mental capacity then you have the legal right to refuse any medical treatment, even if that treatment would keep you alive.

Plan ahead to avoid arguments

Luckily this patient could prove mental capacity but the outcome could have been very different if she could not. Plan ahead to ensure that your wishes are respected if you become too ill to make decisions or speak for yourself by signing a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. 

A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose trusted family members or friends (known as Attorneys) to make decisions on your behalf in relation to both day to day matters concerning your personal wellbeing, and more complex decisions relating to your healthcare and treatment. 

Read more about a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney here.

More information

If you would like more information on a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney please contact a member of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department who will be happy to discuss this in more detail.  Call 01708 229 444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This article was written by Emma Thorpe, an Associate Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Department at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors. This article is only intended to provide a general summary and does not constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as at March 2016.
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Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

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There is growing awareness about the importance LPAs to help manage our financial affairs in later life, but what about the LPA for health and welfare?
 

What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to choose trusted family members or friends (known as Attorneys) to make decisions on your behalf in relation to both day to day matters concerning your personal wellbeing, and more complex decisions relating to your healthcare and treatment.

Unlike Lasting Powers of Attorney that relate to your property and financial affairs, a health and welfare Attorney can only make decisions when you no longer have the capacity to make those decisions yourself or are no longer able to communicate your views.

It is possible to appoint different Attorneys to deal with decisions relating to your health and welfare to those dealing with decisions relating to your financial affairs.

What would be covered by a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

The sort of decisions that your Attorney could make include matters relating to:
  • where you should live and who you should live with
  • day-to-day care, including diet and dress
  • consenting or refusal of medical treatment on your behalf
  • arrangements for you to be given medical treatment
  • assessments for and provision of community care services
  • whether you should take part in social and leisure activities, education or training
  • rights of access to personal information about you
  • complaints about your care or treatment
  • the continuation or withdrawal of life sustaining treatment


Why do I need a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

Without a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, decisions could be made by a third party who has limited knowledge of your wishes. This could result in you receiving healthcare treatment that you may not have wanted. Further, if you do not want your next of kin to make such decisions on your behalf it is essential that you appoint your own Attorneys.
 
For further information please contact our Elderly Client Department on 01708 229444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Dementia Awareness Week takes place 18 May-24 May this year. We are supporting this event with a series of talks and invite you to come along.

According to research over 850,000 people in the United Kingdom have Dementia with this figure estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025.

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and raise funds to support sufferers and their families.

Dementia is not a disease. Dementia is a term given to a group of symptoms from certain diseases which affect the brain. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Dementia can lead to your loved one being unable to make their own decisions regarding their financial affairs. The Wills, Trust, Tax and Probate team at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors have seen many incidents where people with dementia have not organised their affairs before losing capacity. This has been extremely stressful for them, and indeed for all the family. 

By setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney now you are able to nominate a person (your Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in the future if you become unable to. This enables your Attorney to ensure that your affairs are looked after and minimises an already stressful time.

We have therefore agreed to provide advice at special events organised by Alzheimer's Society during this week. We will also be joining forces with Saint Francis Hospice at their 'Don't Miss the Bus' events around Havering including Queen's Hospital.

Free Information Event

In addition to these joint events we would like to invite you to a free seminar to find out more about making a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney. These free seminars will help you to understand the importance of getting your affairs in order and also explain the different types of documents available. Our team will be on hand after the presentation to answer any questions you may have.

Seminars will take place on Tuesday 19 May and Friday 22 May 2015 at 11am in the firm's Upminster office.

For more information and to book your free place please call:
Kayleigh O’Donnell on 01277 249392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, visit our Wills, Trusts & Tax page to find out more.

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