Individuals & families

Court of Protection and Powers of Attorney: guidance for professional and financial institutions

From time to time, financial and professional institutions will come across different powers of attorney. This guidance has been provided by Wright Hassall and is derived from a note prepared by Solicitors for the Elderly, a national association of lawyers whose members specialise in advising older and vulnerable clients of which Wright Hassall’s advisors are members.

Guide to bereavement and probate

When a loved one or friend passes away, there are a number of matters that need to be dealt with during a difficult time. Probate, which includes administering an estate, dealing with HM Revenue & Customs, and communicating and providing information to beneficiaries can be challenging. Some tasks need to be dealt with quickly whilst others can be carried out at a later date.

Guide to property protection trust wills

A property protection trust will is a will designed to help protect your property from an assessment to long term care fees. The half share of the family home belonging to the first person to die, passes into the trust. This type of trust is also known as a life interest trust in favour of the survivor which means that they can benefit from the share of the house in the trust during his/her lifetime and on their death the trust fund passes to others, usually children of the family.

Guide to mortgages

There are so many different types of mortgages and products that it can be confusing for buyers to know who to turn to. Historically, the first port of call in arranging a mortgage would be to approach your usual building society with whom you have had savings over the years. However, in the present economy, there is a greater choice of mortgage providers and mortgage products. This guide will explain the different types of mortgage available to you.

Guide to wills

Did you know that if you die without having made will then everything you own could end up going to the state rather than the people you intended to benefit? For example, if you die leaving family members who are financially dependent upon you (such as a spouse or children), it is the law that stipulates who will inherit your estate. This guide covers everything you need to know about a last will and testament.

Guide to administering an estate

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about administering an estate. What is a grant of representation? This is the court order authorising the personal representatives to deal with the administration of the estate. Where the deceased left a will the grant of representation is known as a grant of probate and where the deceased died intestate (did not leave a will) the grant of representation is known as a grant of letters of administration.

Guide to selling your home

Selling a property can seem like a complex process. This guide outlines the main stages, from marketing through to completion, so you will know what to expect. The first step is to find an estate agent to market your house for you. It is important that you choose an agent carefully and that the service which they are to offer meets with your requirements. If you have not already found an estate agent then we will be more than happy to assist you with your choice.
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