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remember a charitySolicitors are being urged to raise awareness of legacy giving and help ensure that their clients are informed of all the options available to them.

With the latest estimate indicating that charitable donations are worth almost £2.5 billion to UK charities, the legal profession is playing an increasingly important role in boosting vital funding to good causes.

These gifts are the lifeblood of many of the nation’s favourite charities, helping to fund cancer research, new hospital equipment, life-saving vaccines, guide dogs and much more.

Yet, as it stands, there is a disconnect between people’s appetites for legacy giving and behaviour. Our research shows that while over a third (35 per cent) say they’d be happy to leave a gift in their will, only 6.3 per cent of people actually do.

To address this challenge, more than 1,000 legal firms are now part of a growing movement that aims to ensure that their clients have the option of taking care of their favourite charities, once they have provided for their family and friends.

What will you leave behind?

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/blog/what-will-you-leave-behind/

WE Solicitors have signed up to the Remember a Charity Week. If you would like to make a Will this week and leave a legacy to a charity – no matter how big or small you can benefit from a reduced rate of just £65.

Contact us today to discuss your Will. You can speak to a qualified solicitor to make an appointment or have an informal chat about your requirements.

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Making a Will is important and added to ‘putting your affairs in order’ list you should also consider a Living Will.

This is an Advance Statement or an Advance Decision

Advance Statement – a statement to allow you to express you preferences and wishes regarding your care to those providing the care.

Advance Decision – a legally binding document relating to your preferences regarding specific illnesses and conditions. In the absence of an Advance Decision ( or LPA) healthcare professionals make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to.

My Living Will website:

mylivingwill.org.uk is a non profit organisation which allows you to make an Advance Statement or Advance Decision online. The website has been set up with the help of healthcare professionals and legal experts and has been approved by a senior member of the OPG.

The cost to make both an Advance Statement and Advance Decision is just £10

Lasting Power of Attorney

It is an equally important document to have but should also be consider and viewed alongside an Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare and how they will affect each other.

An LPA for Health and Welfare covers many aspects of care and allows you to appoint a person to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so. It covers a broader range of circumstances and you effectively have a person who can fight your corner when needed.

If you would like advice on this issue or an informal chat about the options available to you please call WE Solicitors and speak to our expert solicitor

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Leigh Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Listen to Radio 4 You and Yours programme (31st March 2014) assessing the options with examples of how some people have dealt with the issue.

As of next year, pensioners can take funds from their pensions and spend it on whatever they like. The Government hope Pensioners will consider planning for long term care in the future. There will be an increasing range of financial products aimed at pensioners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z91x4

Dec 2, 2013

Phoned the office and  Jo-Ann Mason kindly returned my call.

Many thanks for all your help which you were able to explain in easy to understand terms & not the normal solicitor jargon.

 – Teresa Clancy

 

The Telegraph reports:

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has turned a blind eye to the failing, even though its chief executive has admitted that said such homes are far more likely to be putting vulnerable people at risk.

A non-executive for the regulator described the situation as “shocking,” as the organisation announced plans for a crackdown, with criminal sanctions and fines of up to £4,000 for homes which have no-one in charge.

A report to CQC said there were currently more than 3,900 care homes without a registered manager, equivalent to two per cent of all the residential homes.

Of these about a quarter had not had a registered manager for more than two years and would be the first to be targeted.

Registered managers of care homes are supposed to be held accountable for the quality of services in care homes, and be held accountable for failings

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10328695/4000-care-homes-have-been-allowed-to-break-the-law.html

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If you have a relative or a friend living in a care home you should consider whether they would benefit from and Lasting power of attorney for Health and Welfare.

They can appoint an attorney to make decisions about their personal welfare who can make those decisions on their behalf. This includes what care they receive and where they live.

If you would like more information contact WE Solicitors on 0800 264 3064.

“My life until the end” was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society on 25 October 2012.  38 people with dementia, carers and former carers, were interviewed and recommendations for change were made based on their experiences.

The report focuses around accounts of people with dementia and their carers’ experiences. It exposes the choices and options that exist in the UK and addresses the key issues that dementia presents at the end of life.

Read the full report at:

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?downloadID=945

One of the areas the report focuses on is looking at how Dementia is progressive and it can be difficult for people to make decisions towards the end which means that planning in the early stages is essential.

By planning for these unfortunate and difficult possibilities it can make things a little easier. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Personal Welfare can allow a dementia sufferer to state their wishes at the early onset of dementia. It can allow a person to give guidance about how they wish to be cared for. This can ease the burden for family as the appointed attorney then has the authority to carry out those wishes if the dementia sufferer can no longer make those decisions themselves.

At WE Solicitors we can guide you though the process of putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place before it is too late.  Call us on 0800 294 3065 for free, confidential advice.

 

WE SOLICITORS LLP  is pleased to announce that we will be taking part in Will Aid’s Make A Will Month this November.

During the campaign, we will waive our fee for drawing up a basic Will and instead invite our clients to donate to the Will Aid group of charities. The suggested minimum donation is £90 for a single Will, £135 for a pair of Wills or £40 for a codicil to an existing Will. The money raised will be shared by the nine Will Aid charities* and is used to transform the lives of people in the UK and around the world.

Having an up to date and properly written Will is the only way to put you in control of the final destination of your estate and to make sure you avoid difficulties for your relatives and friends after your death. By making a Will with Will Aid you will be protecting your loved ones’ future and helping to raise money to support the vital work of the Will Aid charities.

For further information or to make an appointment to make a Will please call:

Jo-Ann Mason  at  WE Solicitors LLP on 0161 683 3191

Or email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com

*The Will Aid charities are: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).

 

 

Reclaim your Care fees                 Time is Running out

Is someone you know paying for residential care home fees? They may have been wrongly assessed and maybe able to claim back the cost of nursing care fees. If an assessment was carried out and they did not qualify for funding there may be a case for a claim.

 

However the final deadline to make a claim is only round the corner.

Claims can only be made for fees wrongly paid in the period

1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012

For a free initial consultation to see if you can reclaim care costs for this period contact WE Solicitors now.

 

The Legal Services Board (LSB) is today issuing a call for evidence about how best to protect consumers of will-writing, probate and estate administration services. The Board welcomes evidence from members of the public, legal businesses, other businesses active in these markets and all other interested parties. The deadline for evidence is 5pm, Friday 4 November 2011.

On 28 July 2011, the Board gave notice to the Lord Chancellor of its decision to initiate a statutory investigation into the need for regulation in these three closely associated areas. This continues a process begun in September 2010, when the Board asked the Legal Services Consumer Panel to provide it with advice on consumers’ experience of the will-writing market and whether greater protections may be needed. The Panel’s advice and underpinning evidence suggested significant consumer detriment in these markets. This culminated in a recommendation from the Consumer Panel to the Board that will-writing ought to be made a reserved legal activity (meaning a service that can only be undertaken by providers authorised by approved regulators in the legal services market).

We are now seeking further evidence to help us determine whether we should make a recommendation to the Lord Chancellor that will-writing be reserved and, if so, what kind of regulatory protections need to be put into place. We are extending the investigation to the closely associated areas of probate and estate administration because of their relationship to the will-writing market.