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Can I still use the Enduring Power of Attorney I made a long time ago?

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a specific legal document by which you appoint a person (or persons) to act as Attorneys on your behalf. Attorneys appointed under an EPA can assist you with your property and financial affairs. People usually appoint family members or their friends, but some people choose to have professionals instead. Your Attorneys are able to assist you and make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to deal with things yourself. Continue reading

The Cohabiting Couples’ Legal Tool Kit: How can you provide for your Partner?

 

There is a widely believed legal myth that once a couple have lived together for two years they are “common-law man and wife” and it is the same as being married. This is not true. Unfortunately this myth is widely perpetuated which means that couples sometimes do not take easily achieved, sensible steps to protect themselves and each other. Continue reading

Why is it important to take advice on pensions when getting divorced?

When a couple go through divorce proceedings, it is essential that all assets are properly valued including the pension benefits which have accrued during a party’s marriage. As there are a number of different types of pensions, it is important that they are properly valued. Whilst it is usually the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value which is considered when a couple are going through divorce proceedings, this value provided in some instances may need to be clarified including the basis upon which the valuation has been calculated. Some pensions provide better benefits than others and therefore in order to consider all the pension options available when you get divorced, it is essential that you obtain advice not only from an experienced Family Solicitor, but also from an Independent Financial Adviser who is qualified to advise on Pensions. The Independent Financial Adviser will at least be able to provide initial advice on your options and consider with you the pension valuations provided. Continue reading



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