Why Lasting Power of Attorney is essential

Our lawyer friends regularly tell us about problems and costs that have arisen because someone did not register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Here are details of one such case.

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Elderly disadvantaged

We had yet another case this week of an elderly person being discharged from hospital after an illness, who was no longer capable of looking after herself, but who was not – as the rules require – given a needs assessment by social services.

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Get back your child benefit

The austerity years produced many small changes to the tax and benefit system that cut people’s entitlements. One of them was the restriction of child benefit payments where either parent earns over £50,000 a year. For every £100 of earnings above that level you lose 1% of your child benefit – in fact you still get the benefit paid, but part of it is clawed back from higher income tax payments via your tax code. If you earn over £60,000 you get no child benefit at all.

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