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Our team of Wills solicitors in Preston have said it before, and we will say it again (and again, and again): getting a Will in place is important! 
 
Having a Will in place is just not enough: you actually also need to make sure that your Will covers what should happen in the event that your first beneficiaries die before you. 
 
Unfortunately, a recent case highlights the importance of making sure your Will is worded correctly, and making sure that you and your spouse are on the same page, so to speak. 
Here is the opportunity you’ve all been waiting for … MG Legal is expanding its team! 
 
A boutique firm, established in 2010, and with offices in Garstang, Lancaster and Longridge, we’re looking for both a Private Client Solicitor and a Property Solicitor (or equivalent qualifications) to join our excellent team in our Preston-based offices, with occasional travel to our other locations. 
As every Personal Injury Law specialist knows the Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out five principles to help protect Clients who may struggle to make decisions: 
 
A person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he or she lacks capacity 
A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him or her to do so have been taken without success 
A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he or she makes an unwise decision 
An action taken or decision made under this Act for, or on behalf of, a person who lacks capacity must be in his or her best interests 
Before an action is taken or a decision made, regard must be had as to whether the purpose for which it is needed can be as effectively achieved in a way that is less restrictive of the person’s rights and freedom of action 
6000 UK residents currently await an organ donation, with 3 people per day dying before they are able to receive their life changing transplant. 
 
Recent studies show that 80% of UK residents support organ donation, however only 38% actually opt into the service. Although, in the event you haven’t made your options clear, the choice is left with your next of kin; this of course can be a difficult subject for them to deal with, and the thought of someone else having their loved ones organs an understandably upsetting prospect. This unfortunately means that they refuse the organ donation. 
 
Thankfully on 15 March 2019, Max and Keira’s Law was passed. 
You could say that there is no ‘normal’ day when you work for a Solicitors in Preston. I start my day around 8:30am, getting our file management system powered up, and making sure that I have my morning coffee (although sometimes I try and be healthy and opt for water – it’s just not the same!). 
 
First of all, I’ll go through all my emails and make sure that I deal with anything urgent from the evening before. Anything that requires a lengthy reply, or needs to wait until I have further information, gets flagged to be dealt with later in the day. 
 
A typical day starts with dealing with any post that has landed over the weekend. Usually, our clients pop things through the door, and we have a few replies to our previous week’s letters from banks or insurance companies. I mark everything with the date to show it has been received, and scan it all on. 
 
Once this has been dealt with, we can start responding! As Solicitors in Preston, it is important that we respond to any post as quickly as possible, and make sure that we are always one step ahead. 
Our Hope Jordan.
Whilst some law firms like to put their trainees in one department for a set period of time and then move them to the next department for a set period of time, here at MG Legal we find it works better to combine seats so that you do not forget the processes and information you have learnt. 
 
My days are often long but they are most certainly never the same! Whilst Conveyancing can sometimes be somewhat transactional, and Family Law more emotional, it is often found that some Conveyancing transactions become frustrating: when there is a chain, affecting your client’s property transaction, and you have no control over Mrs Smith’s property sale, that is three houses down the chain to your client’s purchase, as a property solicitor who liked to be in control of literally everything, then, well, you start to understand the situation!  
 
On the other hand, Family matters are dealt with in an almost business-like manner, in cases where couples have remained quite amicable and both know what they want the outcome to be. Currently, I spend my Mondays and Thursdays within the Family Department, and the remainder of the week with the Conveyancing Department; however, these days will often be swapped if there is a Family matter in Court. 
When your loved one passes away, there can be so many services that you have to cancel: the TV services, their gas or electric, their mobile ‘phone – the list goes on and on. A common thing that people do not think they need to cancel is their families’ Lasting Power of Attorney documents. 
 
But, how do you cancel the documents? Can you get a refund? 
Mother’s Day is more commonly known as Mothering Sunday, and is said to originate from 16th Century, when people returned to their mother church (the place where they were baptised or their nearest church) to attend the Laetare Sunday service (a service held on the fourth Sunday of Lent). The religious meaning behind the day is said to have kept it’s place over the years, until the 1950’s, where it became a common-place celebration across the UK. 
A traditional Simnel cake, on a blue and white cake stand, with a green, blue and pink faux egg and some flowers around the bottom of the stand.
Following recent observations made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – the SRA, your conveyancing solicitors will soon be required to publish their fees on their website for all to see. This has been brought about by the SRA striving for transparency throughout matters, with full and frank information regarding fees being available from the outset. 

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