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Will drafting and execution: some cases to remember.

There have been a spate of cases on Wills recently which it will repay the busy practitioner to study carefully. Some relate to the negligence of solicitors in preparing the Will and ensuring it is executed properly. Others concern the enforceability of Wills against disappointed beneficiaries. This article is merely a brief summary of a few recent cases.

Understanding dementia

In the UK dementia currently affects 5% of those aged 65 and over and this figure rises to 20% for the over 80s. The department of health has estimated that by 2040 there will be over 1.2 million people aged over 65 with dementia

Coughlan Implications for health law and beyond

On July 16 1999 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in R v. North and East Devon Health Authority, ex p. Coughlan (The Times, July 20 1999). Whilst the principal importance of this case lies in the fields of health and social services law, the judgment of the Court of Appeal has much wider ramifications


R v. NORTH AND EAST DEVON HEALTH AUTHORITY ex parte COUGHLAN (Secretary of State for Health and Royal College of Nursing intervening).

As Safe as House Part 1

In May 1999 the Department of Trade and Industry, together with the Health Education Authority, launched a safety campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to falls in the home. The campaign called, Avoiding Slips, Trips and Broken Hips, is aimed primarily at older people. The statistics are stark


Claiming attendance allowance An ombudsman report In this edition we focus on a recent investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman into a complaint made against Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to an elderly couple who had been admitted to a nursing home in the borough.


Mrs Jones, as part of her retirement planning, granted an enduring power of attorney to her nephew, Roger. Unfortunately, her mental faculties subsequently deteriorated and Roger, in complying with his legal duty, registered the enduring power with the Court of Protection. As time went on, Mrs Jones found it hard to manage living on her own and so moved into The Elms residential home.