Tracy Ashby Archive

Are powers of attorney under attack again?

Powers of Attorney (PoA) (particularly Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)) are, once again, receiving bad publicity in the press. Previously criticised in 2017 for being too open to abuse by a former Court of Protection Judge, Denzil Lush, LPAs have come in for further criticism in a recent report by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI). MMHPI was established by Martin Lewis in 2016.

What to do if your relative dies with assets abroad

A second home in the UK presents administrative and logistical challenges but at least within a familiar tax and legal regime. These challenges escalate with a foreign property, particularly in relation to succession law and tax issues. In both France and Spain there are fixed succession rules whereby local law provides for an automatic entitlement of a certain proportion of your estate to your children, unlike English law which allows you to leave your property as you wish.
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