Wills and estate planning
A colleague asked me recently if I could distil the Care Act into a few easy messages, relevant for people who might soon need to make plans for their future care needs, or for those who have parents or grandparents who could do with some support in the not too distant future.
In order to answer my colleague, I looked up the Care Act and examined all 129 sections and 8 schedules of the new law. I read about duties, and financial caps. I read about personal budgets, direct payments, deferred payments and assessments and, to be honest, I began to get a bit confused.
The Barker Commission’s report on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, published today http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29047190
The report illustrates the problem many families face when a parent or grandparent starts to need daily support with their health and care needs.
Stone King has appointed Ann Phillips to chair its market-leading legal practice.
Ann becomes Stone King's first female Chairman and takes over the role from Michael King who has been with the firm for 39 years.
Ann joined Stone King in 2001 when she became a partner in the firm's Charity & Social Enterprise team and was previously with the international legal practice Stephenson Harwood.
Stone King is offering to write wills for free to help raise vital funds for a leading healthcare charity.
Stone King is supporting Make a Will Week 2014 - which runs from April 28 to May 2 - when its solicitors will be waiving their standard will-writing fees for people who make donations to the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
Many of us would like to leave money to charity but concerns about providing for our families can often limit the amount of any charitable gifts.
What if there was a way in which you could leave more to charity without your family being affected? What if leaving more to charity actually meant that your family would be better off?
Given the current climate of social care reform and the uncertainty that brings, it is more important than ever that older people, their families and carers receive the best possible advice to deal with the unexpected, or to enable them to plan for their future care needs.
Care Planning Services does just that by providing access to a range of legal and financial advisory services carefully designed for individuals and their families who are faced with the consequences of needing immediate care, or who are planning and preparing for later life.
Action should be taken now to benefit from the new 2015 European inheritance rules
Many people owning (or thinking of buying) property in the European Union (EU) will be aware that the law of the State where the property is situated decides which law governs the taxation and devolution (who gets what when you die) of your EU real-estate.
- What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?
An Ordinary Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint an individual to manage your affairs. This person is known as your attorney. This type of Power of Attorney is only valid whilst you have mental capacity.
If you lose your mental capacity, for example you may develop dementia or lose consciousness, your Power of Attorney becomes invalid and your attorney can no longer act for you.
Bath law firm Stone King has won praise for its high quality advice to families and individuals in the leading legal industry bible Chambers UK 2014.
The annual directory, which identifies the top solicitors and law firms through in-depth interviews with clients and industry insiders, places Stone King in the highest tier for its family and private client work.