Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pleased to Support Katharine House Hospice

Over the last two years, Katharine House Hospice in Adderbury has mounted their “Make a Will Week” in October of each year. My company took the decision to support them in this, as so many of my clients have specified gifts by way of legacies through their Wills to this wonderfully caring place. I have also seen at first hand some of the superb care they provide for terminally ill patients. This year will be no exception, and again will take place in October 2014 (Exact dates to follow) Continue reading

Executors – Make Sure You Choose Carefully

Executors must be chosen with great care and forethought. After all, they are the people you are entrusting with ALL your “worldly goods” – your hard-earned assets – by their appointment in your Will. In short, if you don’t trust them, don’t appoint them!

Executors are person(s), whom you name in your Will to take the responsibility of “finalising your affairs” after your death by following your instructions as given in your Will. In their capacity as Executors, they are also appointed as Trustees, should a Trust arise within the Will. So, it can be seen that they hold a very responsible position and are held legally liable for their actions in the administration of the deceased’s Estate. Continue reading

Differences between Living Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney?

To understand a Living Will more fully, perhaps it’s alternate name of Advance Medical Directive explains its purpose better. It is in broad terms, your direction whilst alive and “of sound mind”, that you wish for no medical intervention in the event of you developing specific terminal conditions*. By raising and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare, which also has to be done whilst you are alive and “of sound mind”, and importantly by signing the consent box (A)  on page 6 of the document, you are giving your appointed Attorney(s) the right to make such a decision on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so (perhaps because you are unable to speak or have lost mental capacity). So, the two documents are VERY different. Continue reading