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

Court of Protection – what is it and how does it work?

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The Court of Protection is probably an institution that many people won’t have heard about. It is a Court based in London which helps to look after individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. Someone loses their mental capacity in a variety of ways. The most common of these is when an elderly client is suffering from … 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

What does Inheritance Tax mean?

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The tax year nears its end so have you used your annual gift exemption for Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) this year?   What does that mean?   Well….. IHT is the tax which applies to your estate on death and it’s 40% on the value above a threshold figure, currently £325,000. There are certain exemptions e.g. inheritances to spouses and charities. … Read More

Morrish Solicitors LLP delight at Will Aid’s birthday success

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Hard working and generous solicitors at Morrish Solicitors LLP in Yeadon and Pudsey recently took part in Will Aid 2013 and are delighted to announce a fabulous fundraising total of £3,215. Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme. It offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their Will in return for a donation to help people in need in … Read More

Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance

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Dementia Action Alliance is made up of over 900 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia in the UK and the millions of people who care for them. Morrish Solicitors have committed to becoming a dementia friendly workplace and we are currently in the process of implementing various steps at all of our offices. … Read More

Lasting Power of Attorney Month

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What is a lasting power of attorney (LPA)?It’s a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint people (known as ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on your behalf. It could be used if you became unable to make your own decisions. There are two types of LPA: health and welfare; and property and financial affairs. You can choose to make one … Read More

St. Gemma's Hospice Make a Will Month

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We joined forces with St. Gemma’s Hospice last week for ‘Make a Will Month’, which gave people the opportunity to have their Will written in return for a donation to the Hospice. We are very pleased to announce that £1525 was raised in total just from one day! A big thank you to everyone who donated – the money raised helps to make a real … Read More

St. Gemma’s Hospice Make a Will Month

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We joined forces with St. Gemma’s Hospice last week for ‘Make a Will Month’, which gave people the opportunity to have their Will written in return for a donation to the Hospice. We are very pleased to announce that £1525 was raised in total just from one day! A big thank you to everyone who donated – the money raised helps to make a real … Read More

Make a Will month

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October is ‘Make a Will Month’ for St. Gemma’s Hospice and The Hospice has joined forces with Morrish Solicitors to give you an opportunity to have your Will written in return for a donation to the Hospice.* If you would like to make an appointment, please call 033 3344 9600, quoting ‘St. Gemma’s Hospice Make a Will Month’: Charlotte Bandawe … Read More

The tale of a homemade will

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DIY Will packs are on sale in your local stationers – £6.00 seems like a bargain – better than £100 that the solicitors are charging and then there is VAT on top of it.  SIMPLE – the instructions will be clear surely? EASY – and it is a legally valid Will surely? – PERFECT just what is needed? Any problems … Read More

Morrish Solicitors raise £1893.75 for Will Aid

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We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to our clients in helping us raise £1893.73 for Will Aid. Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK’s charities. Every year, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite their clients to make a donation to Will Aid. Each year, … Read More

Why make a will?

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A will is advisable for many reasons, including to avoid intestacy, appointing guardians or executors or just for your own peace of mind.  To find out why you should make a will and useful tips for you to consider, take a look at our why make a will factsheet. For further information about making a will or other elderly client services, … Read More

Regulate will-writing but not estate administration, LSB recommends

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The Legal Services Board will today recommend to the lord chancellor that will-writing activities, but not estate administration, should be regulated. It is the first time that the board has recommended bringing new activities under the scope of the Legal Services Act. The Law Society has welcomed the proposed consumer protection for those making a will, but warned that the … Read More

Move to regulate will writers backed

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Our elderly client team have posted a new blog – please take a look http://lifelaw.wordpress.com/. Under proposals published today, designed to provide greater consumer protection, all providers of such services would be regulated. The announcement follows a consultation process launched in July last year. The super-regulator is now expected to recommend to the Lord Chancellor that will-writing and estate administration … Read More

Care Home Fees – Why Claim?

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When an individual is in a nursing or care home, if that person’s primary need is determined to be a ‘health need’ then the National Health Service should provide free health care so the NHS should pay the individual’s care home fees. If their health needs are determined to be “incidental to” or “ancillary to” their accommodation needs then it … Read More

Solicitors for the Elderly Call for Urgent Regulation of Will Writing

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Solicitors for the Elderly fears thousands of people are putting themselves at risk of being cheated by unscrupulous salesmen who offer to write their wills but who are not adequately qualified, trained or insured. Last month the UK’s Legal Ombudsman highlighted dangers of using Will writing companies to Make Wills. This week The One Show also called for Will writing … Read More