CORONAVIRUS: We are operating as normal, offering services remotely
Following government guidelines, Viewpoint Hill & Abbott Solicitors is currently open and able to offer our services remotely while we continue to protect our employees and clients. If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with us and we are still working on your case. You can call or email us as normal, and to replace face-to-face meetings we have video conferencing facilities available.
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Frequently asked questions
Here are some questions we are being asked at this current time.
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You should review your will regularly. A good rule of thumb is every time there is a significant change in your circumstances or every five years. This does not necessarily mean your will needs to be amended with each change of circumstances, but you should at least make sure it continues to reflect your wishes.
Although it is important to maintain an up-to-date will, making rash changes during a time of distress is ill-advised.If you are unsure, you should seek advice about whether your will needs updating.
Making gifts during your lifetime does not necessarily escape inheritance tax. If you make a gift and you do not survive for seven years, the gift is still considered part of your estate when you die.
You should also carefully consider your own needs before gifting money. Once you part with an asset, you also part with all rights to it. The only way this can be reversed is if the person receiving the gift to chooses to return it. Before making any gift, you should always seek advice.
Without authority, you cannot access another person’s bank account. Authority might be as simple as putting something in place with one specific bank, or it could mean your relative granting a power of attorney.
A property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney will grant authority to deal with financial affairs, including day-to-day banking. The process is, however, rather lengthy, as lasting powers of attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. If your relative has capacity and only requires your help during this specific time, a general power of attorney may be more appropriate, though a general power of attorney does have limits. Your relative should seek advice on the best solution for them before signing any legal document.
We offer a free initial consultation for all of our services so you can meet with a solicitor or specialist with the expertise and experience you need, and who can provide understandable legal advice. Some of our legal services are offered on a fixed fee basis, but for all others, the cost will often be worked out on an hourly rate basis: so the longer it takes, the more it costs. We will give you a cost estimate at the outset, usually at your initial consultation.
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