Poorly drawn up wills can result in loved ones missing out inheritance

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Failure to draw up accurately-written wills is resulting in families being unable to take control of their loved one’s estates when they pass away, a legal expert has claimed. Tom Morrish, regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire with SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), said wills drawn up by unregulated and unqualified personnel do not offer the same protections as those drawn up … Read More

The mysteries of the Court of Protection

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What is the Court of Protection? This is the Court which deals with matters relating to the affairs of people who are not able to handle their own affairs.  Typically it deals with cases where elderly people develop dementia or other illnesses affecting mental capacity, which means that the individual is not able to manage their own financial affairs.  Other … Read More

Where is your Will?

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When making a Will it is important to know where the original document is kept. If a Solicitor has made your Will you may have been given the option to leave the original Will with your solicitor for safekeeping in their deed store department. If this is the case then you will most probably have received a copy of your … Read More

The Importance of Instructing a Solicitor or Professional when Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful and important legal document.  By making a Lasting Power of Attorney you are setting up an arrangement which will potentially give someone authority to deal with everything you own and your personal care at a time when you will be at your most vulnerable. The benefits of using a solicitor/professional are as … Read More

No Inheritance Tax on estates worth up to £1 million? Not quite!

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George Osborne announced the introduction of an additional Inheritance Tax (IHT) Nil Rate Band (NRB) for a person’s main residence in the Summer 2015 Budget. This was good news for with wealth tied up in their family home. The existing NRB of £325,000 per person or £650,000 per couple, on which 40% IHT is not paid, will remain the same. But from … Read More

Probate Court Fees – Expected Hike

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The Government has issued proposals to increase the fee paid to the Probate Registry for obtaining a Grant of Probate.  A Grant of Probate is very often required when someone dies to allow the estate to be administered.  Currently the fee is £155.00 for all estates which have a value of more than £5,000.  Is this fair? The proposals suggest … Read More

James Shingleton and Charlotte Bandawe appointed as Dementia Friends Champions

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We are pleased to announce that two of our Solicitors, Charlotte Bandawe and James Shingleton, have successfully completed their training to become Dementia Friends Champions. They join Tom Morrish and Monika Volsing who completed their training last year. Dementia Friends information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions on a voluntary basis to help you understand what it’s like to live … Read More

The effect of “separation” on your death

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Upon the breakdown of a marriage/civil partnership it is usual for the parties to proceed to finalise the end of their union by applying for a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Upon the Decree Absolute/Dissolution Order being granted the marriage/civil partnership is over and both parties are then free to proceed with their own lives individually. However more … Read More

New Year…make a Will

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At the start of a new year, many people like to make a fresh start or may even make a resolution. So now may be a good time to give some serious thought to making a Will? A Will is the only way to ensure your loved ones inherit what you want them to have. A Will also prevents your … Read More

86% in Yorkshire and the Humber leave life-changing decisions in the hands of strangers

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86% of people in the Yorkshire and the Humber are currently living with no control over important later-life decisions around their housing, assets, heath, and care, according to a new report by SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), the national organisation representing legal professionals such as Tom Morrish from Morrish Solicitors specialising in helping people plan for later life. The report … Read More

What should I do if my elderly relative or friend goes into a Care Home?

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If your elderly relative or friend is going into a care home, here some important tips you should follow: Check the relative’s house is secure – Insurers are notified, valuables are removed etc. Check that someone is able to manage the relative’s financial affairs.  Most  residents of Care Homes will need assistance with their financial affairs.  Check if there is … Read More

HSBC Wills and Probate

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In June 2015, HSBC sold their Wills and Probate business to a company called Simplify Channel Ltd, with the transfer date expected to occur on 30th October 2015. Simplify are based in London, which is seen as a concern to our clients in Yorkshire. Over the years, we have seen many clients who have had their Wills drafted by HSBC. … Read More

Commons Select Committee launches an inquiry into court and tribunal fees

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We are delighted to hear that a cross-party panel of 11 MPs will be investigating court and tribunal fees. Our view is that the staggering rise in court fees (in one recent personal injury case for a very serious work accident, the fee payable to the court had risen from £1,315 to £10,000) and introduction of Employment Tribunal fees (leading … Read More

Morrish Solicitors achieve objectives under Dementia Action Plan

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Morrish Solicitors became a member of the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance and also the Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance in 2014. The Dementia Action Alliance brings together organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. We felt it was important to be recognised as a ‘dementia friendly’ organisation so that our clients with … Read More

Morrish Solicitors raise £2445 for Will Aid Charities

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Morrish Solicitors LLP would like to publicly thank their Will Aid clients for their generous donations which have led to the firm raising an amazing total of £2445 for the Will Aid charities during November’s Will Aid campaign. The firm volunteered their time and skills to write Wills for local people, helping these clients secure the future for their loved … Read More

Season of Goodwill …. and Tax Planning Gifts to the Family

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At this season of goodwill it is worthwhile also considering some tax planning. Why not surprise the family with a slightly more substantial gift this Christmas to assist with whittling away against your Inheritance Tax liability? In general, an individual has an Inheritance Tax-free sum which they can dispose of on their death of £325,000 and for married couples this … Read More

Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society on target!

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We announced at the end of June that the Alzheimer’s Society had been chosen as our Charity of the Year 2014/2015. The charity, which will benefit from all fundraising and volunteering activities planned over the next 12 months, was chosen for the wide range of support it offers dementia suffers, and their carers and families, in the region. The Alzheimer’s Society … Read More

Fundraising for Alzheimer's Society on target!

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We announced at the end of June that the Alzheimer’s Society had been chosen as our Charity of the Year 2014/2015. The charity, which will benefit from all fundraising and volunteering activities planned over the next 12 months, was chosen for the wide range of support it offers dementia suffers, and their carers and families, in the region. The Alzheimer’s Society … Read More

What happens if you don’t make a will?

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If someone dies without a will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’. There is a set of rules that governs who gets what in this situation and, as of 1 October 2014, these rules are changing. What stays the same: ‘Common law’ partners If you are in a long-term relationship but you are not married or in a civil … Read More

What happens if you don't make a will?

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If someone dies without a will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’. There is a set of rules that governs who gets what in this situation and, as of 1 October 2014, these rules are changing. What stays the same: ‘Common law’ partners If you are in a long-term relationship but you are not married or in a civil … Read More

Dementia Action Alliance

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It is our aim to make all communities more dementia friendly to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with a form of dementia. As a firm, we are members of the Bradford Dementia Action Alliance andLeeds Dementia Action Alliance. Our action plan can be seen on the Dementia Action Alliance website. We have made three commitments to improve our working environment … Read More

Long-term family association with lawyer helps client secure power of attorney

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When nurse James Thorp needed lifetime power of attorney (LPA) to help his elderly parents – whose physical and mental health was deteriorating – he contacted their solicitor. Now, he is backing a Law Society campaign to promote the work of solicitors. As more and more people are diagnosed with dementia, and with an ageing population, many people have elderly relatives to … Read More

James Shingleton of Morrish Solicitors accepted as Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

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Solicitor James Shingleton of Leeds and Bradford based solicitors Morrish Solicitors has been accepted as a member of the national association ‘Solicitors for the Elderly‘ (SFE).  SFE is an association of lawyers who specialise in legal services for older people and their carers. Members of SFE have a wealth of experience within this key legal area and they are required to have spent a substantial amount of time … Read More

Who should draft your will for you?

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A will writing company approaches you about making your will and you think, “It is about time I got round to it.” But then you wonder, “What’s the difference between a will writer and a solicitor?” Will writers seem to offer the same services as a solicitor – they draft a will from your instructions. They might even seem slightly … Read More

Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health and Welfare

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A Lasting Power of attorney (LPA) is a document where an individual (known as a Donor) can appoint a third party as their attorney to deal with their affairs. There are two types of LPA: Property & Financial Affairs – which are the most common and are used for an attorney to deal with the Donor’s financial matters and their … Read More