Helping You With Lifetime Planning
Careful lifetime planning at any stage in your life can make all the difference as you grow older and as your circumstances change. It can give you certainty and ease the burden on family and friends.
Fraser Dawbarns offers specialist advice and services relating to issues concerning lifetime planning, from Lasting Powers of Attorney for Health and Welfare to funding later life care to help with the Court of Protection. For more information, speak to our specialist team today.
Lasting Powers of Attorney Health and Welfare
A Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare can allow you to appoint one or more people to make decisions about your health and care if you are unable to make those decisions yourself.
The types of decisions can include all those simple things we take for granted such as our diet and daily dress, through to bigger decisions like where we are to live and what type of care we might receive. In the most serious of cases your Attorneys, if you so choose, may have the power to decide whether or not to give or refuse consent to life-sustaining treatment on your behalf.
Funding your care
An important part of lifetime planning relates to making sure you are prepared for later life care. The Care Act 2014 which came into force in part in April 2016 brings in changes as to how the social care system will work in the future. We are able to advise on the different types of care available and how payment for this care may be funded.
It is a commonly held belief that parties that live together for any significant length of time gain ‘rights’ against their partner and/or their partner’s property and assets. The actual position is that in law there are no automatic rights which are gained by either party when a couple simply live together.
Arguments over property and other assets can be avoided if the intentions of the couple so far as property, assets and general financial arrangements are concerned are set out clearly in a written agreement. Our Family Department will be able to give you full advice as to the matters that require careful consideration when entering into such agreement.
Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements
Pre-nuptial and postnuptial agreements have become increasingly common over recent years, but at present are still not formally recognised as part of English Law. Despite this, where parties have entered into such an agreement and a marriage subsequently fails, the existence of a pre or post-nuptial agreement is something which the Court will have serious regard to.
There are various safeguards which need to be in place in order to ensure that the agreement is given serious consideration by the court in any subsequent divorce proceedings, and it is essential that legal advice is taken well in advance of a wedding to ensure there is plenty of time for the couple to discuss how they want to approach such an agreement. The members of Fraser Dawbarns’ Family Department are able to give detailed advice on the preparation of pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Court of Protection
When a person has been assessed as lacking mental capacity and does not have in place an appropriate Lasting Power of Attorney, the Court of Protection will often become involved. Fraser Dawbarns offers specialist advice and service relating to issues concerning an individual’s mental capacity and the associated proceedings at the Court of Protection.
Dawn Tegerdine and Nicola Prior were excellent. Service was very professional and efficient even against VERY tight deadlines. Communication was very good and information about progress was very prompt and to the point. All-in-all an excellent experience.Client - Downham Market Office
Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns to Help You?
We offer a confidential and personalised service and are one of the largest and most well-established firms in the region. We care about our clients and will use our extensive legal expertise to give you total peace of mind that everything will be in order after your death.
We will advise you about everything from what to include in your Will, to setting up trusts and the potential effect of Inheritance Tax on your estate.
We offer a choice of pricing options to our clients. By offering the choice between undertaking work on either a fixed fee basis or at an hourly rate, we give you the freedom to pick the pricing option that best suits you.
Free Initial Consultation
We are happy to meet with you for a free of charge consultation. This will help us to understand your circumstances, find out what matters most to you and provide an estimate of the costs involved.
Giving you Total Peace of Mind
With offices in Wisbech, King’s Lynn, Downham Market, March and Ely we are close by if an urgent issue arises or if you need to sign something at short notice. If you need us to make a home or hospital visit, we will be pleased to come and see you.
If you would like any further advice on making a Will or any related issues, get in touch now and see how we can help you.
Contact Us Today
Our team will help you from the beginning of your case to the end, giving you total peace of mind. If you would like friendly, client focused advice on a wide range of legal issues, get in touch and see how we can help you.
Call or email us today and find out how we can make your life easier.