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December 06

Legal actions relating to powers of attorney rising

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”

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December 06

New probate fees simply a revenue raising project

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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October 10

Clinical Negligence Legal Aid Award

We are pleased to announce that JMD Law has been awarded a 3 year contract by the Legal Aid Agency to offer Legal Aid in clinical negligence cases. We are one of only a handful of firms in South Wales to hold this contract. Legal Aid is only available to investigate claims on behalf of babies who are seriously injured at birth. If you are concerned that your child suffered serious injury through poor care please contact Jane Rogers on 02920 456780.

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October 10

Cwm Taf Health Board investigate deaths of babies

The Health Board said that in the past 3 years, 26 babies have died at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Prince Charles hospital and at home. The Director of Nursing acknowledges that there have been problems recruiting and retaining maternity staff but is reviewing paperwork of these sad losses to ensure that the services provided are safe. The Health Board has appointed 15 new midwives and a consultant midwife. Any further information arising from the investigation will be shared in full with the families concerned. Jane Rogers of JMD Law said: “The open approach taken by the Health Board is a step in the right direction in providing the best possible care for women and their babies. Whilst the outcome of the investigation is awaited, if you are one of the families affected you can contact Jane Rogers on 02920 456780 for advice

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