Legal actions relating to powers of attorney rising
The number of court applications from the Office of the Public Guardian against people with lasting power of attorney for vulnerable people rose by 71% last year, up from 272 to 465 in 2017-18. Nigel Jones of JMD Law commented: “This increase can only be because people do not realise the complexities and requirements of managing the finances and Property of someone who has lost capacity and whilst there is a cost, it is a job best left to the professionals”
We look at the implications of the Government’s proposed changes to probate fees. A new banded fee structure will see rates rise from a flat rate of £215 to between £250 and £6,000 depending on the size of the estate. Nigel Jones of JMD Law, says: "This is a massive change of direction that it's going to be extremely difficult for the public to swallow – it’s a "stealth tax" and purely a revenue raising project”.
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