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Posts tagged “Living Will”

Keeping up-to-date with case law, may not be fun for you. However, as your local divorce solicitors, we don’t just switch off at 5pm and head home – we are here to keep in the know on your behalf! In doing so, we’ve stumbled upon a recent case whereby a husband sought to argue that the wife’s financial claims had been finalised during Judicial Separation Proceedings, and that she was not entitled to make a further claim during the Divorce proceedings. 
Usually, when you prepare a Will through your local solicitors for Wills, MG Legal, we would ask that you attend the office to sign, and two members of staff would be able to act as your witnesses (we’ve witnessed so many Wills, we’ve started to dream about it!). Sometimes, we even visit people at their properties and act as witnesses there. It all depends on how able you are to travel to our offices. 
Picture this: you’re in the middle of completing a pack of legal documents and you’re reading through then … BAM! You’re reading words like ‘Absolute’ or ‘Caveat Emptor’ or ‘Per stirpes’. So, to help you along the way, our expert team of solicitors in Lancaster and Preston at MG Legal, have compiled a list of common words or phrases used in our legal documents which start with the letters A - F
 
And, if there’s one not on the list that you come across, drop it in the comments below and we can confirm the meaning, or give us a call on 01524 581 306 for some guidance. 
Solicitors in Lancaster, MG Legal, are experts in drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). There are two types of LPA that you can create: one relates to financial decisions, and one relates to your health and care decisions.  
 
Whilst it may seem like a trivial matter, and you may think it will never happen to you, LPAs can cover a variety of situations, such as if you no longer have capacity or if you are physically unable to make decisions yourself. You can appoint Attorneys in other circumstances, such as if you are abroad and want someone to deal with property matters on your behalf, however Solicitors in Lancaster would need to discuss the circumstances with you, and advise you on the best way to proceed and the costs involved. 
Many people don’t consider themselves as needing a Will. However, Lancaster Solicitors explain that having a Will in place is important for everyone. Whether you consider yourself to have a large estate or a small asset pot, your Lancaster Solicitors can draft your Will, tailored to your circumstances, all for a fixed fee. 
When a person passes away, if they have left a Will, their estate will most likely need a Grant of Probate obtaining. Solicitors in Lancaster, MG Legal, can help the executors of the Will (the people name in the Will as being ‘in charge’ of the deceased’s estate) to apply and obtain a Grant of Probate
Before the Supreme Court's Judgement handed down on 30th July 2018, the right to make an end-of-life decision on behalf of someone in a vegetative state was controlled by the Court of Protection. Also controlling a person's affairs should they lack capacity and not have appointed an Attorney (see Lasting Powers of Attorney and who should make one), the Court of Protection previously ruled on cases such as whether a person's feeding tubes should be withdrawn, allowing a person to die naturally, when they are unable to make the decision themselves.  
 
Although both the patient's family and the Doctors may agree that removing the feeding tubes is the best way forward for a person in a vegetative state, the Doctors usually have to apply to the Court of Protection to rule that they are allowed to do so. However, following yesterday's Judgement, if both the patient's family and the Doctors are in agreement, they can now remove the tubes of a person without going through the Court. 
When someone contacts us after their loved one has passed away, the first question we are normally asked is ‘What is Probate?’. It’s a term that is thrown around by all manners of people – Lancaster Solicitors, Funeral directors, Banks, Mortgage Companies – the list goes on and on. But, what is Probate and why do you need it? 
 
MG Legal’s Lancaster Solicitors are specialists in Probate matters, and have put together some answers to the top questions they are asked. 

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