What is a power of attorney?
A power of attorney is a legal document which allows you to formally appoint someone to be able to manage your affairs for you if you become incapacitated in any way. The document covers both the occurrence of a physical and mental incapacity and will authorise your attorney to manage your financial affairs and make decisions about your health and personal welfare.
What is a grant of probate?
A grant of probate is a court issued certificate which authenticates a person’s will after they have died and is the document which formally appoints the executor.
When should I make a will?
As soon as you are aged over 18 years old. If you only have £1 in your bank account, you can still leave this money to your chosen beneficiary.
I want to challenge a will, do I need a solicitor?
It is a very sensible idea to speak with a solicitor about the process of challenging a will. We can fully inform you about how the law operates and we can assess the strength of your claim.
I need a will, how much will it cost?
Our prices start at £165 + VAT for a single will and £225 + VAT for a mirror will.
I have been asked to attend the police station for an interview. Can I take a lawyer with me?
If you are being interviewed under caution at the police station you have the right to have a lawyer with you. That lawyer will be able to make enquiries on your behalf to confirm what the police are investigating, take your instructions and give advice and help you through the interview process. In most cases, such help can be provided free of charge under the Legal Aid scheme regardless of your means.
I am being investigated by the Department of Business. What should I do?
The Department of Business takes a leading role in investigating allegations relating to criminal offences arising out of business malpractice. They have the power to apply to the court to disqualify you as a director and instigate criminal proceedings which can result in unlimited fines and/or a prison sentence. You should take immediate, specialist legal advice.
I have been accused of dumping controlled waste. What should I do?
Illegally disposing of controlled waste or ‘fly tipping’ is a serious offence punishable with an unlimited fine and/or up to five years’ imprisonment. There are a number of possible defences available. You should take specialist legal advice before speaking to the authorities.
I have been told that I have not complied with fire regulations by the Fire Authority. What should I do?
The Fire Authority may simply be asking you to comply on a voluntary basis. Alternatively, they may have served you with an improvement, enforcement or prohibition notice or they may be investigating with a view to prosecution. Whatever the circumstances you should take all necessary steps to remedy any breach as soon as possible and seek immediate advice from a lawyer who specialises in fire safety cases.
I have been arrested for fraud. What should I do?
You should contact a solicitor who specialises in cases of fraud straightaway. You are entitled to take legal advice before answering any questions. Your personal liberty, the future of your business and your ability to act as a director could well depend upon you seeking the right advice as quickly as possible.