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Persuading reluctant clients to draw up a will

In this article I wish to touch upon a few points which may help you persuade a reluctant client to focus their mind on drawing up a will. These are presented from the point of view of a professional in a different field, that of probate genealogy. One of the services provided by Title Research is the identifying and locating of heirs at law under intestacy. The perspective and the insights gained from dealing on a daily basis with some of the practical problems caused by intestacy may perhaps lend weight to the message, which all legal advisers endeavour to get across to their clients.

The British Funeral Service

In the first half of the 20th century funeral directors, or undertakers as they were more commonly known, were to be found almost on every street corner in the larger towns and cities, undertaking duties which were ancillary to other business activities, such as joinering or building. In the late fifties a significant change occurred: chapels of rest were being introduced by more and more funeral firms and relatives no longer had to have the coffin brought into the home or kept at the hospital until the day of the funeral. By the sixties the multitude of urban undertakers was dwindling rapidly, due mainly to the proprietors reaching retirement age with no children to take their businesses and, therefore, no inclination to spend capital on providing chapels of rest. Many other firms continued their joinering work but abandoned the role of undertaker

More on Charging for Section 117

Mental Health Aftercare Services The September/October 1999 issue of this journal included an article on charging for section 117 services under the Mental Health Act 1983, and gave details of an important High Court decision R v London Borough of Richmond ex parte Watson and related cases. This article focuses on section 117 and the R v London Borough of Richmond ex parte Watson and related decions 1but this time gives details of a very recent report by the Local Government Ombudsman into an Investigation into Complaint No 98/B/0341 against Wiltshire County Council 14 December 1999. The Ombudsman found maladministration for wrongly charging a woman for her care in a residential home following a period of detention in hospital under section 3 Mental Health Act 1983. He recommended the council to reimburse the £60,000 so far paid

Social Fund Funeral Payments

The need to provide for a decent burial has played an important part in the history of social policy. In the nineteenth century there was a rapid expansion of friendly and burial societies. By 1874, the Prudential alone had over one million policy holders, and the

Solicitors for the elderly

THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE Nearly one hundred lawyers convened for the first national conference of the new interest group, Solicitors for the Elderly on the 18th October at London Shaw Park Plaza hotel. After months of hard work by a dedicated steering committee, the conference got under way with an introduction by the Chair, Anne Edis, senior solicitor with Leicester City Council. Miss Edis thanked all those that had supported the conference, in particular PPP and Scandia Life, the sponsors and Nick Hussey from the Ark group who gave enormous practical assistance to the organisers. The Alzheimers Society, the new name of the former Alzheimer''s Disease Society supported the launch of the group by distributing information packs

The Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill 1999

The next stage in the Government’s reform of Social Security is to be found in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill which is about to complete its passage through Parliament. There are four main issues which are likely to be of interest to readers of this publication

Enduring Powers of Attorney: Guidelines for Solicitors, September 1999

The Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee of the Law Society has just published an update on its previous (1996) guidelines for solicitors. It contains a number of additions to the original guidelines which focus, almost exclusively, on the scope for abuse offered by EPAs in respect of vulnerable clients. Para 3.1 states: Many EPAs are made when the donors are already losing capacity, consequently they could be unaware of the implications of their actions and are more likely to be vulnerable to exploitation.