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The strict standards of a Lasting Power of Attorney

July 18, 2019 | Wills and Probate

In February 2019, the case of Office of the Public Guardian v PGO & Ors, Re: BGO [2019] EWCOP 13 reached a conclusion. This case demonstrates how high the standards of precision are for a correctly drafted Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). In April 2016 an elderly lady (who is referred to as P) made(Read more)

Charity Polo Match

July 15, 2019 | Practice News

On Saturday 13 July 2019 Anna and Kate spent the day at Cirencester Park Polo club for the annual St James’s Place Queen Mother Trophy. Organised by St James’s Place, the event aimed to raise money for the St James’s Place Charitable Foundation (the Foundation). Since it was set up in 1992 the Foundation has(Read more)

Hilary Govier, Receptionist

July 12, 2019 | Practice News

This week was a sad week for HMG LAW LLP as we said a very fond farewell to Hilary Govier, who has been a welcoming face to our clients and staff over the last two decades.   Her loyalty and dedication to the Firm was second to none. Goodbye and good luck Hilary, we will all(Read more)

Mental Capacity

July 08, 2019 | Wills and Probate

Making decisions for a loved one or friend who has lost capacity is a very difficult thing to do. You know that you want to make the best decision for them, but you also want to make a decision that they would have agreed with if they were able to care for themselves. In the(Read more)

Dementia Action Week 2019

May 17, 2019 | Wills and Probate

World Health Organisation publishes guidelines on how to try and avoid developing Dementia This week, on the eve of the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Action Week 2019 (which takes place Monday 21 May to Friday 24 May), the World Health Organisation  (WHO) has issued some guidelines (summarised neatly in this BBC News article ) as to(Read more)

Cyber Security and Awareness

May 02, 2019 | Practice News

HMG staff in Oxford attended a Cyber Security and Awareness Training Session by Phil Saville of  CIS Ltd  recently. In an age when 'dogdy' emails are commonplace, it is sometimes difficult to know what is genuine and what isn't.  In a law firm it is essential that staff have the knowledge to spot when an(Read more)

No Fault Divorce

April 10, 2019 | Family Services

A less acrimonious future is in store for splitting couples as the law is reformed to encourage no-fault divorces. Under the law as it stands there is only one reason for the breakdown of the marriage and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. There are five facts that this can be proved on:(Read more)

Habitable Homes

April 02, 2019 | Residential Property

New legislation aiming to improve the standard of domestic rented accommodation came into force on 20 March 2019. The snappily titled Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the Act) applies to social and private rented accommodation in England. The Act requires landlords to ensure that at the beginning of and throughout a tenancy, the(Read more)

Let's Get quizzical!

March 27, 2019 | Out and About

Guests gathered on the outskirts of Oxford for a chance to test their wits and intellect at the Big Spring Charity Quiz and dinner. The night was in aid of SeeSaw , a charity that provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire. SeeSaw is a truly wonderful charity. Through appropriate(Read more)

Make Lasting Powers of Attorney with peace of mind - the protective role of the Office of the Public Guardian

March 22, 2019 | Wills and Probate

At HMG Law we provide advice and assistance about managing property, financial or health decisions on behalf of a relative or loved one.   Whether that is an informal arrangement or via the formal legal authorities provided by Lasting Powers of Attorney or a Deputyship Order, we and the family must always have the best interests(Read more)