Isle of Man advances towards assisted dying legislation

Table of Contents The Isle of Man has progressed towards potentially becoming the first part of the British Isles to legalise assisted dying, following the completion of a key legislative phase, as reported by The Irish News. The Assisted Dying Bill, after seven days of debate spread over three months, has now passed its clauses […]

Important Changes To The Use of Your LPA Account

Table of Contents The Office of the Public Guardian are changing the way you sign in to Use a lasting power of attorney From 13 August 2024, you will only be able to sign in to your Use a lasting power of attorney account using GOV.​UK One Login. You will not be able to access […]

UK government published guidance relating to the ‘View an LPA’

Table of Contents UK government published guidance relating to the ‘View an LPA’ STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) is an internationally recognised professional body for trust and estate practitioners. It aims to ensure its members deliver the best possible service to their clients by providing training and education and setting and upholding […]

Discussing Dementia Fears – Study

A third of those who have noticed symptoms of dementia in themselves or a loved one are waiting over a month to discuss the matter, according to a new survey. Marking Dementia Action Week 2023, the Alzheimer’s Society’s survey found just 15% of those with concerns over symptoms brought the issue up straight away. What’s more, 11% […]

What is a Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust?

When writing your Will, you may include a Trust for certain portions of your estate, such as cash gifts or property. Alternatively, you may be acting as an Executor or Trustee for a Will that includes a Trust. One type of Trust is a Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust (NRBDT). This blog will answer frequently asked questions about this type of […]

What to do when someone dies

What to do when someone dies 8 steps to take following someone’s death When someone close to you dies, it can be difficult working out what to do and in what order. The process can be broken into eight stages: Getting a medical certificate – this is required to register the death. If the person […]

What Happens to Premium Bonds After Death ?

A Premium Bond is an investment product held with the government by National Savings and Investment (NS&I). The government pays interest on these Bonds, and this interest is distributed by a lottery in a monthly prize draw. A cash prize can be anywhere between £25 and £1 million and is free of tax. Prizes are […]

LPA applications up 19% year-on-year

    The number of Last Power of Attorney (LPA) registrations in England and Wales is continuing to soar, new data released by the Ministry of Justice has revealed.   n July to September 2022, there were 201,121 LPAs registered, up 19% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2021. This continues the trend highlighted in […]

FCA confirms list of regulated funeral plan providers

The regulation of the funeral plan market proposes to provide better safeguards for consumers, including a ban on cold calling and commission paid to intermediaries, and high standards on governance and financial resilience. Regulation will also provide a more formal redress scheme through the Financial Ombudsman Service and will be covered by the FSCS if […]

FCA names funeral plan providers who are NOT authorised

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a list of 14 funeral plan providers who will not be authorised to sell new funeral plans once the new regulatory changes take effect from 29th July 2022. Reiterating the forthcoming changes, the FCA stated that “only funeral plan providers that we’ve authorised, or their Appointed Representatives (intermediaries who can […]