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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)

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)

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)

Government Launches Consultation on Plastic Packaging Tax

March 12, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HM Treasury and DEFRA have launched a consultation on the plastic packaging tax announced in Budget 2018. The proposed tax would be levied on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content. With 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging used each year, the vast majority of which is made from(Read more)

HMG Law hosts regional Dementia Friends Champions & Communities event

March 06, 2019 | Wills and Probate

On Friday 22 February, HMG Law was proud to host the Oxfordshire networking and support meeting for Dementia Friends Champions & Communities at its office in central Oxford. Organised by Ellie Marcus, the Dementia Friends Regional Support Office for the South Central region, the event brought together 16 local professionals and volunteers who either work(Read more)

The Government's Proposed New Probate Fees

February 26, 2019 | Wills and Probate

In January 2019, the country saw an average increase in train fares of 3.1%, sparking national outrage. With no change to the quality or quantity of the service provided by train companies, consumers found it difficult to stomach such an increase. Why then, does an increase in probate fees that is as high as £6,000(Read more)

Suspicious Minds

January 07, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HMRC is calling for comments in respect of making “the taxation of trusts simpler, fairer and more transparent”. The consultation document published in November 2018 focuses on the principle of transparency, especially in relation to non-resident trusts. The names Common Reporting Standard and Trust Registration Service already strike fear into the heart of anyone dealing(Read more)

Santander Stung

January 03, 2019 | Wills and Probate

    Retail and commercial bank Santander has been fined nearly £33m by the Financial Conduct Authority for not closing the accounts of deceased customers. The failure of the bereavement team to “effectively process the accounts and investments of deceased customers” impacted over 40,000 accounts according to the FCA report, and resulted in over £183m(Read more)

Private Client price list

December 06, 2018 | Wills and Probate

ADMINISTRATION OF AN ESTATE Price List At  HMG LAW LLP  we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult and that it can be overwhelming to know exactly what you need to do. Our team of Private Client lawyers have been assisting families in Oxfordshire for nearly 200 years. We have(Read more)