Care fees a fairer future?
The current system for funding care is widely considered to be unfair and unacceptable. It can result in people having to sell their homes to fund their care and in the inheritance left to their families reducing to as little as £14,250. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people aged over 65 will face care fees in excess of £100,000.
If you are considering getting married or entering into a civil partnership and wish to protect yourself financially you should enter into a pre-nuptial agreement.
Contracts are they the gospel?
Not according to a recent decision of the Supreme Court, which held that car valets, whose contracts stated they were self-employed, were actually employees. This decision clarified that express terms may be disregarded if they do not reflect the parties’ actual agreement.
The House of Lords recently dealt with two cases affecting financial settlement within divorce proceedings.
Can your company afford to gamble £68,400?
The Employment Rights (Increased Limits) Order 2010 S1 2010/2926 increases the limits on certain Employment Tribunal awards and other compensation that is payable under the employment legislation with effect from 1st February 2011.
For those pondering this question, a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision will be food for thought.
NHS Care Funding
The Great NHS Care Home Swindle
People are understandably concerned about the possibility of having to sell their homes, in order to fund care in old age.
You can’t take it with you
Human nature being what it is, stories about disputes arising after a death tend to be viewed as more interesting than the making of a will itself.
Palmers Solicitors are pleased to announce that Helen Jago, who joined Palmers as a trainee in 2003 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, has been admitted as a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – a professional body widely recognised as consisting of the most experienced and senior trust and estate practitioners in the industry.
Who should prepare your will?
The One Show recently added its support to the growing call for the regulation of will writing in order to protect the public. This follows the Legal Ombudsman highlighting the dangers of using will writing companies to make wills and a report from the Legal Services Consumer Panel recommending compulsory regulation.