Those in control of the finances of an incapacitated person may be an attorney by a registered power of attorney or a deputy under the Court of Protection. As such, the authority that they hold in terms of the payments that they are authorised to make differs. Melinda Giles set out the authority held by those with a deputyship.
The Practice Advice Service answers your frequently asked questions.
The courts are increasingly willing to entertain proprietary estoppel claims and to hone the various limbs of the law. George Mallet examines two recent Court of Appeal decisions
Philip Giles explains how private client, property and family departments can best work together when advising co-habitees, highlighting the risks and opportunities involved
Internet-based services can deliver better quality at lower cost – and are suitable for a wider range of client groups than most lawyers think. Vicky Ling explains which groups can benefit and provides advice on setting up such a service
Digital autopsies, where the deceased is scanned using a CT scanner, areless invasive than traditional post-mortems, and can provide a cause of death in over 70 per cent of cases. Claire Walker explains
Whether through ad hoc charitable donations or a strategic programme of philanthropy, clients in Britain have a long history of ‘giving back’. Alana Petraske and Christopher Groves look at the options, and the tax reliefs available
Events can help you promote your firm to new and existing clients, and build relationships – but only if you do it well. Annaliese Fiehn provides her top tips for planning an event
In the first of a two-part article, Jo Summers explains the various ways in which a trust may be brought to end and the key considerations for trustees
Henrietta Mason considers recent developments in case law surrounding testamentary capacity, including the test for capacity, the burden of proof, the nature of understanding required, and mental disorders that might affect capacity
In an ever-changing digital world, it is becoming increasingly important to make arrangements for the future protection of digital assets, including online accounts. Nick Wenban-Smith provides a practical guide
Gary Rycroft welcomes plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to reform the route to qualification, especially if it can stimulate and promote social mobility within the profession
Legacy giving is increasingly important to charities, but only 6.3 per cent of the population leaves a charitable will. Research by Remember A Charity offers useful insights into how solicitors can promote charitable giving to clients, says Rob Cope