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When a loved one dies: the next few days for the next of kin

It goes without saying that your relative’s death is an emotional and stressful time. It is unfortunate therefore that such an event brings with it certain responsibilities for those left behind. Next of kin have several legal and practical obligations in the immediate aftermath. This blog seeks to outline some of the most pressing. We…
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A Power of Attorney to represent relatives with the Health Service

The recent sad revelations from Gosport illustrate the problems that relatives can have when the Health Service fails the elderly. In situations where the patient is unable to fully represent themselves, one useful document which may have helped some relatives when they disagree with a course of treatment, is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)…
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A Will from a Bank could have hidden charges

Having a Bank as their Executor could be landing families with tens of thousands of pounds in Executor fees when their relatives die. Up to 1.5 million people are believed to have signed up for Wills from Banks, with bargain priced Wills typically offered for free or as little as £75. But in creating the…
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Dying Matters Week 2018

This week, the 14th to 20th May, is Dying Matters Week Q: What is it about? A: In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Q: What are their aims? A: The Mission is to help people talk more…
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