A man, whose late mother was swindled out of a substantial sum of money, has met with the Attorney General to discuss the possibility of bolstering the protection afforded to those who have lost mental capacity.
Losing a loved one is devastating in itself, but the pain and upset of subsequent disputes over the validity of the Will they have left can cause significant delay in their estate being distributed, the incurring of sizeable legal fees and irreparable divisions within a family.
A six-month pilot scheme has been launched, which sees the Court of Protection throw open its doors to the public and, for the first time, grant access to hearings which were previously held in the strictest of confidence.
Making a Will and ensuring that it stays up to date is vital. It is often the case that family members will either be asked or volunteer to assist their elderly relatives in sorting out their affairs, so that everything is arranged according to their wishes.
For decades, rumours have circulated regarding the abolition of deeds of variation. Following last March’s budget there were fears that the Chancellor might, as part of his review of Inheritance Tax (IHT), introduce tighter controls on the use of deeds of variation.