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Maggie’s Oldham – Free Monthly Will Writing Service

Our Private Client Team are proud to announce their support of Maggie’s Oldham by providing a monthly Will writing service for their visitors and their loved ones.

Under the scheme straightforward Wills will be provided free of charge.

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The sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month between 2-5pm at the Maggie’s Centre, based in the grounds of the Royal Oldham Hospital.  The next session will be held on 11 December.

We are honoured to be able to be involved with such an amazing charity and to be able to offer some peace of mind and comfort to those affected in a time of need.

We understand that making a Will can be a daunting prospect to some people but it really needn’t be.  Everyone should make a Will and it is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and for our families.

Appointments at any of the sessions can be made by contacting Laura Tomlinson or Tom Hall at Maggie’s on 0161 989 0550 or by emailing [email protected] .

We cannot wait to start the scheme and to meet many of the wonderful people who visit Maggie’s.

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Dementia Action Week 2018 (21st – 27th May 2018)

Dementia Action Week (DAW) is now in full swing with various events being held across the country.  The purpose of DAW is to raise awareness of dementia.  This week a staggering statistic has shown that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK.  By 2025 the number is set to rise to 1 million and by 2051; the number is set to rise to 2 million.

Given this statistic, dementia awareness is so important.  Everyone should educate themselves about dementia and there are plenty of helpful resources on the internet to help you in understanding more about dementia and how to care for someone with dementia.  You can also become a dementia friend by attending a session – search the internet for dementia friends sessions in your area.  We are in the process of arranging dementia friends training for all of our staff.dementia

With Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, that has been in the press recently, and looking at the statistic above, it is so important to put things in place whilst you still can to ensure your loved ones can look after you, and your affairs, should you be diagnosed with dementia.  Everyone should have a Will in place and Lasting Powers of Attorney but, unfortunately, too many people in the UK do not.  Once you lose capacity you cannot make either so act now, or before it’s too late, to put them in place.

Having a Will means that you can ensure your assets pass to the people you wish to benefit on your death.  If you die without a Will (intestate), the law dictates who is to receive your estate.

Lasting Powers of Attorney allow your named Attorney(s) to look after and manage your affairs for you as and when you require assistance; whether that be whilst you still have capacity or if you should lose capacity.  Under a Lasting Power of Attorney, your Attorney(s) can ensure all of your bills are paid, your care home fees are paid and your affairs generally looked after.

Should you lose capacity and you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney then your loved ones will not be able to manage your affairs and ensure your bills are paid.  They may have to in some circumstances pay your bills themselves for a period of time.  Your family, or an appropriate person, would have to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your Deputy but, this process can be rather lengthy and expensive.

Act now to get your affairs in order and speak to a member of our Private Client Team.

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Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme

On the 1st February 2018 the Ministry of Justice announced its Power of Attorney fee refund scheme.

The refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register Lasting Powers of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017.  The reason for this is that during this period, the Office of the Public Guardian’s operating costs came down as more and more people were applying to register Powers of Attorney and the process of registering the same became more efficient.  However, the Office of the Public Guardian did not reduce the application fee in line with this.

To make a claim you can simply go online and use the quick and simple online service at www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.  This should take you around 10 minutes to complete.     You will need the donor’s UK bank account number and sort code to hand.  If the donor does not have a UK bank account then you will need to claim by telephone.  Similarly, if the donor has subsequently died or you are a court appointed Deputy, you will need to claim by telephone.

The Office of the Public Guardian have provided full guidance on their website and they have also set up a dedicated refunds service helpline.  If you do not have access to a computer or can’t use one easily, you can speak to the dedicated helpline.  To speak to the helpline you need to call the Office of the Public Guardian on 0300 456 0300 and select option 6.  The lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm.  Please visit the following website for details of call charges – www.gov.uk/call-charges.

If you believe you may be entitled to a refund you should visit www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.  You can make a claim if you are the donor (i.e. the person who made the Power of Attorney) or an Attorney appointed within the Power of Attorney.  Any refund however will be paid to the donor.

The refund you receive depends on when you paid the fees.  There will also be 0.5% interest added on top.  If you cannot remember how much you paid you can still make a claim; the Office of the Public Guardian will work out the refund for you.  Only one form needs to be completed for each donor as the Office of the Public Guardian will be able to find all application fees paid by the donor during the qualifying period.

Below is a table of the possible fees you may receive back.

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If you paid a reduced fee (“remission”), you’ll get half the refund.

Once you have submitted your claim it takes up to twelve weeks for it to be processed.  If your claim is approved, the refund will be paid directly into the donor’s bank account.  If your claim is rejected you can appear this decision by contacting the refunds helpline.

For more information or advice, please contact a member of our Private Client team.

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