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21st June 2018
Research undertaken by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity revealed that nearly two thirds of adults in the UK have not prepared a will and, perhaps surprisingly, more than 40 per cent of those without a will are older than 55. Perhaps these worrying statistics are fuelled by a number of common misconceptions, for example the idea that wills are only for the elderly or wealthy…
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09th February 2018
Most people, when asked to name a symptom of dementia, automatically think of memory loss - yet there is so much more to dementia than impaired memory. Dementia is not a natural part of our ageing process, it is a disease of the brain that can affect a person’s visual-spatial skills, orientation, emotions and language, as well as their ability to organise. In the UK…
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02nd February 2018
Understandably, many people are reluctant to think about their own demise, preferring to go through life never thinking about making a will – from a legal standpoint, however, it is important not only to make a will but also to give sufficient consideration to how best to avoid your will being challenged after your death. Wills can be contested for various reasons and there are…
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04th September 2017
For private client solicitors, one of the most important parts of the job is helping people ensure their final wishes are carried out according to their true intentions. From planning the inheritance of your estate, making provision for your family or passing on your treasured heirlooms, to deciding who is going to feed the cat – making a will can bring you peace of mind…
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27th June 2017
George Ide’s private client team was involved in a recent Court of Protection case that clarifies the law concerning how best to protect the interests of an adult whose lack of mental capacity prevents them from managing their own affairs. In this particular case, our client received a personal injury settlement after an accident in which he sustained a serious head injury that left him…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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26th January 2017
Discussions about how soon driverless cars could become a common sight on our roads continue to prompt the airing of many different theories including the prediction that within ten years there will be no drivers, no road accidents, and no injuries. This may be an attractive prospect, but is it realistic? Judging by recent experiences of technology-leaders Google and Uber, probably not. If Google does…
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04th July 2016
Through our many dealings with the administration of a deceased person's estate, we are conscious of the efforts made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to recover overpayments of benefit paid to an individual during their lifetime.  In our experience, this is particularly true of pension credit It is common for overpayments of state pension and attendance allowance to occur due to the…
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29th April 2016
Attorneys, when dealing with the administration of a donor’s affairs under an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, must have regard to the donor’s wishes and prior instructions contained in, or annexed to, that Power.  In addition, the attorneys must have regard to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act), which provides a statutory framework for those dealing with the affairs of…
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26th April 2016
George Ide LLP is proudly supporting St Wilfrid’s Hospice “Make a Will Fortnight” which is running between Monday 6th June and Friday 17th June 2016. Through the “Make a Will Fortnight” scheme, we will update or write a new standard Will free of charge, in exchange for a donation to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The hospice has been providing specialist care and support for those in…
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