Category Archives: Legal Updates

Lasting Powers of Attorney Refund Fees Update

We reported back in February that the Office of the Public Guardian would be making partial refunds to people who had paid to register their Lasting Powers of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017.  This was due … Continue reading

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Universal Wealth Preservation

Were you a client of Universal Wealth Preservation? Four Oaks Legal Services have been made aware by the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) that they have received an unprecedented number of enquiries about Mr Steven Long and the companies … Continue reading

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Can I get a copy of a deceased’s Will?

A question that our probate team often get asked is “Can we get a copy of a Will after a person has died?”. If an estate requires a Grant of Probate then the deceased’s original Will is submitted to the … Continue reading

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Court of Protection to Refund Overcharged Fees

Following the successful refund scheme for registration fees in relation to Lasting Powers of Attorney, the Ministry of Justice have now announced that some Court of Protection fees are also to be reduced.  An internal review found that the fees … Continue reading

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Property Trust Wills

An increasing number of people are worried about the possibility of needing care in the future and the financial impact that may have upon their assets. Protective Property Trusts in your Will can enable a couple to save part of … Continue reading

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Should You Give Your Property to your Children?

One of the frequent questions I get asked as a Solicitor is whether a parent should give their home to their children. My clients have many reasons in mind as to why they might want to do this from ensuring … Continue reading

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Are you due a Refund for Lasting Power of Attorney Fees?

  We reported back in July 2017 that the Office of the Public Guardian would be making partial refunds to people who had paid to register their Lasting Powers of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March … Continue reading

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Why Making a Will is Tough for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Statistically speaking, some 60% of the population haven’t made a Will. Of the 40% that have, around 20% of those need to review those provisions. Scary, isn’t it? For parents with children who have disabilities, there are no specific statistics on how many … Continue reading

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Rebecca Head Defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

Rebecca Head has defended lasting powers of attorney after comments from a former senior judge that powers of attorney may leave elderly people open to abuse Rebecca is a member of the national group, Solicitors for the Elderly which says … Continue reading

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LPA Overcharged Fees to be Refunded

It was announced on 20th July that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) will be refunding some £89 million in “excessive” Power of Attorney registration fees for applications dating back as far as 2013. On 1st April 2017, the … Continue reading

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