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We are a long way from getting back to normal, indeed we are told that this is the new ‘normal’, but it has been lovely to be able to meet up with family and friends, even huddled under a...

Legally Speaking: Lasting Powers of Attorney
Legally Speaking: Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lockdown certainly gives us the opportunity to discover our hidden talents and strengths. My partner, Martin, has built a deck in our garden having never done any DIY in his life. YouTube tutorials...

Legally Speaking: Working from Home
Legally Speaking: Working from Home

So, like many, I am now working predominantly from home. After a holiday to Thailand I found myself in self-isolation on my return and the world had changed beyond recognition in just fourteen days....

Is it enough to have ‘next of kin’?
Is it enough to have ‘next of kin’?

Is it enough to have ‘next of kin’? As a solicitor I am often faced with people’s mistrust of the legal profession. There is still a stereotypical view of a solicitor as a...

Wills: What happens to any specific gifts you may want to leave? #Wills #Gifts
Wills: What happens to any specific gifts you may want to leave? #Wills #Gifts

I often have very interesting, and perhaps slightly random, conversations with my clients. I truly have no idea how this particular conversation started but my client told me (and gave me permission...

Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.
Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.

Having just spent a week on a narrow boat in the rain with the long-suffering Martin, our four adult children, a couple of partners and the dog I thought this month I would consider what constitutes...

Legally Speaking: Unregistered Properties
Legally Speaking: Unregistered Properties

I thought I might start with a caravanning update. Our caravan came with an air awning, which the salesman assured us was the simplest available; slide it into the awning rail, attach the electric...

Estate Administration: How Professionals Can Help
Estate Administration: How Professionals Can Help

Hopefully we are at last moving into spring and can start to look forward to sunshine and longer days. I have been lucky enough to have been invited to talk to some local groups in the last few weeks...

Power of Attorney - How we can help
Power of Attorney - How we can help

There is a lot of excitement in the office this month! December is the month of Christmas jumpers, Best Christmas Room Competition (Private Client won last year so the pressure is on!) and a few...

Care Fees – How we can help
Care Fees – How we can help

 One of the perks of my job as a private client solicitor is that I get to visit lots of residential care homes. Contrary to the common view of many, residential care homes today are warm and...