With big ABS players circling the legal market, have ’traditional’ law firms really grasped the importance of setting and delivering consistent service standards for their clients?
Here, MD Neil Quantick contemplates the detail with which other service providers operate, and wonders if we lawyers could learn a thing or two from fast food outlets….
Wills and probate solicitor Louise Harris explains the differences between an enduring power of attorney (EPA), and the new lasting power of attorney (LPA).
What is a power of attorney?
A power of attorney allows someone appointed by you to look after things on your behalf should you become unwilling or unable to do so yourself.
Powers of attorney are often (and incorrectly) associated with the elderly. But, we should all have a power of attorney, just in case the unexpected were to happen (eg we became ill).
We’re often asked what are ‘normal’ arrangements for children when a couple separate. In short there isn’t a simple answer that applies to all. Every family is different, and any arrangements for children will be specific to that family.
It doesn’t have to end up in court though! Here Nicola Gibbs, family solicitor at Quanticks explains various routes to avoiding a fight in court.
Things to consider
It’s understandable that as parents you want to see as much of your children as possible after a split. The child’s welfare is however paramount. The courts often refer to the child’s ‘best interests’ and this would be at the heart of any decision made by a judge (if court proceedings became necessary). So, this view point needs to be considered from the outset of any discussions.
The house we live in is the most significant financial investment most of us will make. Despite this, many choose to buy ‘blindly’ by not having a survey done before they commit to the purchase of their home.
Here, specialist property solicitor Sonia Balrai explains the importance of a building survey.
Die without a will and you leave everything to chance. The law decides who gets what, not you. Despite this, it’s thought that well over half of UK adults don’t have a valid up to date will.
Here, Louise Harris explains what happens if you die without having made a will (‘intestate’).
Energy performance certificates represent the remnants of the much publicised (and arguably disastrous) home information packs (HIPs). Here, solicitor Liz Curran explains what they are, and what they do!
Do law firms understand the importance of business development, and execute it well?
Here, Neil Quantick gives his view on the good, the bad, and the beautiful!
Traditionally, wills have covered everything relating to our death from who gets what, to music to be played at our funeral. There is however a school of thought that wills should only ever deal with things that are matters of law, and that any wishes or guidance that we want to leave behind, should be dealt with separately.
Here, Louise Harris explores further what ‘letters of wishes’ can cover, and how they can provide help and guidance for the loved ones we leave behind.