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Making your wishes clear in case of incapacity     A recent report from Solicitors for the Elderly has warned that the UK is heading towards an ‘incapacity crisis’ because of a widening gap between the number of people likely to develop dementia and those who have taken steps to prepare for losing mental capacity.     Gail Hall, from Warners Solicitors in Sevenoaks, explains how setting out your preferences for care and medical treatment in a lasting power of attorney can empower and protect your loved ones.    What is a

After deciding what should happen to the children, reaching an agreement on financial arrangements is usually the biggest challenge when getting divorced. The relief you feel when an agreement is finally struck can be overwhelming, particularly if you are the person who will have to fund it. Knowing what your former spouse is entitled to and the steps you will need to take to ensure they are paid can provide much needed certainty in a time of inevitable turbulence.   But what happens if, years later, your former wife or

The benefits of using a local conveyancer with the right expertise and contacts You have found the house of your dreams and secured the funding necessary to buy it. All you need to do now is find a conveyancer, but who should you use? The one recommended by the estate agent or your bank or building society? What about an online provider? There are numerous possibilities, but as Jane Bohill, residential property expert at Warners Solicitors in Sevenoaks explains, in her view there is no substitute for using a local

Deciding to get divorced is a big step and one that can leave you feeling fearful for the future. While you must go to court to get a divorce, there is no need for the court to become involved in decisions concerning your children or financial affairs if you and your former spouse can work together to agree the arrangements. In this article, Matthew Aves, family law expert at Warners Solicitors in Kent explains how mediation can help to keep the court out of your family affairs. ‘The role of

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.Warners Solicitors share with us their top tips on drafting a lasting power of attorney: Plan early – While you have capacity, it’s vital that you get your affairs in order and choose the best people to manage your affairs, in case of an

With the government pledging to build one million homes over the next five years, more of us look set to buy a brand new home in the future. Matthew Sabine residential property expert with Warners Solicitors offers some advice for you if you are thinking about buying a new build property. Make sure you know what you are buying Your new home may not be complete when you agree to buy it. If you are buying the house ‘off plan’, it will not yet exist at all or may only

Guide to Conveyancing For many of us our home is the most valuable asset we own, so when it comes to buying and selling we can get a little overwhelmed. We have put together a guide to help you through the conveyancing process. Selling your home Instruct a solicitor who will do the following: send you the protocol forms (Property Information Form and Fittings and Contents Form) for you to complete obtain your title papers and prepare a contract package to send to the buyer’s solicitors answer any additional enquiries

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