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Benefits for the Elderly: State Retirement Pension

The principal state benefit for retirement is the state retirement pension. This is a contributory benefit which is paid at a flat rate. In addition a person may be entitled to additional pension from either the graduated pension scheme or the state earnings related pension scheme (or both), and to income from a private pension; and may be entitled to one or more of the means tested benefits.

Court of Protection Case Report

Denzil Lush, Master of the Court of Protection, summarises a decision of Mr Justice Rattee on switching jurisdictions between the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act and the Mental Health Act

Ingram Part 1: Inheritance Tax Planning and the family home

The Court of Appeal decision in Ingram and another v Commissioners of Inland Revenue (1997) STC sent shock waves through the tax planning professions, although of course, the case will undoubtedly proceed to the House of Lords. This issue features two articles examining the case. Firstly, Nick Hughes of Williams Jeffrey Barber examines the facts behind the case and provides an alternative solution

Financial Implications

Ian McNeill of Help the Aged briefly summarises the SEFTON case putting it in a more political context and provides his interpretation of the likely financial implications.

Enduring Powers of Attorney: The law Societys Guidelines for Solicitors

In summer 1996, the Law Society published guidelines to assist solicitors in advising clients who wish to draw up an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). The guidelines were prepared by the Societys Mental Health and Disability Sub Committee in response to a number of ethical and practical questions which are often raised by practitioners with the Societys Professional Ethics Division or Practice Advice Service. Details of how to obtain a free copy of the guidelines are given at the end of this article.

Planning Appropriate Life Interest Wills For Second Marriage Situations

Ralph Rays article (Volume 1 Issue 6) raises some interesting points on good practice and it may be helpful to look at possible areas where complaints could be raised by disappointed beneficiaries (who are only too alert these days to demanding higher standards of expertise by solicitors and other professionals).

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