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Budget Report :-Plan Whilst You Can

The Chancellor has not yet attacked the inheritance tax regime writes John Newth as he takes a brief look at a budget which proved rather uneventful from the point of view of elderly clients. John T.Newth FCA, FTII, FITT, is Deputy Editor of Taxation Magazine and a practising independent tax consultant.

Enduring Powers of Attorney : Some Common Queries

The area of Enduring Powers of Attorney is not as simple as it may at first appear. In this article Heather Redman, a senior solicitor specialising in wills and tax planning, probate and attorneyship, looks at common problems from the clients perspective.

Funding Options For Long Term Care

Following the Governments long awaited announcement of the establishment of a Royal Commission to examine long term care, Harriet Clarke and Gillian Parker, of the Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit at the University of Leicester, report and analyse the results of their recent survey into funding options for the care of older people.

Capacity

Denzil Lush, Master of the Court of Protection, summarises a recent Canadian decision on the mental capacity required to separate, divorce, and instruct a solicitor.

Getting the Advice Right

The need to plan for old age means that people are increasingly looking to professionals for guidance. In this article, Philip Spiers demonstrates the importance of giving the right advice, by reference to several Cast Studies where the initial advice given was not appropriate

When Death is Not the Last Word

In the first of a series of articles Sarah Lacey, a Chancery Barrister at 3 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn, practising in all areas of trusts, probate and tax, examines the tax consequences of post death rearrangements, and in particular Deeds of Variation.

Benefits for Disability

Alan Robinson continues his series of articles examining the welfare benefits system by focusing on the basics of two key benefits; Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.

Paying for Nursing and Residential Care

This is the third and final article in this series based on the unique Survey conducted by Kleinwort Benson Private Bank amongst those with someone in a care home, ie the affairs manager. In this article Derek Wright concludes that a managed solution may ultimately be most effective in paying for care and preserving assets for the next generation.

Forum

Sefton Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has now decided not to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal in July this year. Sefton, which is the only metropolitan authority whose boundaries incorporate a seaside retirement area, has been refusing financial assistance with residential care fees to elderly people with assets above £1500, notwithstanding the £16,000 threshold in the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992, below which the regulations say that individuals are no longer liable for the full cost of their care

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