Trick or treat? This half-term week we will be investigating things that strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest solicitors. Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date!
We hope you enjoy this tongue in cheek campaign and remember – we are your local solicitors, and we can always be ready to support you when things get scary.
To prevent uncertainty haunting your estate after death, you should consider making a Will so you can have some control over what happens when you pass.
Dying without a Will in place leaves your estate intestate and means your estate must follow the inheritance rules set by the government. This might lead to a haunting because your estate has ended up with the wrong person!
You might be attracted by the idea of being able to create your own Will or being able to walk into a local corner shop to get a cheap Will, but is it really worth scrimping on a document that deals with your entire personal wealth especially when you no longer have a hand in clarifying the finer details?
We have fought hard to clear up the mess of many poorly drafted Wills, to the extent that the idea of a DIY or cheap Will fills us with woe. Thankfully, you can take positive steps today to create a Will that accurately reflects your wishes. That way, the only haunting you might do when you have passed is Casper the Friendly Ghost kind and not the Grudge inspired.
Frightful Fraud – Business
Fraud can happen anytime and anywhere. Businesses are particularly vulnerable to fraud and the impact of business fraud can be significant, particularly for small- or medium-sized enterprises.
Business fraud can come from anywhere, including staff members, customers, suppliers, or unknown third parties.
The reality is that you never know who is wearing a mask!
Frightful Fraud – Personal
Fraud can be frightful. When it happens in our personal lives it can cause relationship breakdown and even estrangement.
It is important to protect yourself and those vulnerable around you from fraud. Speak to us today to hear the positive steps you can make now and we can start brewing a protection potion!
Lasting Paranormal Activity
A daunting thought for many is what would happen if you lost mental capacity and can no longer take care of yourself. There are legal instruments* in UK law that allow someone else to step in to take care of you should this happen, the most common being Deputyships and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Whether you are an attorney or a deputy, you will be responsible for managing the property and financial affairs and/or the health and welfare of someone who lacks the capacity to manage these affairs for themselves – they’ll be under your protection spell!
If two people live together but do not marry, upon their separation they could face a number of legal issues depending on their circumstances. These chilling issues can vary and can be particularly impactful if the couple has children or jointly own assets, such as property.
Unfortunately, ‘common law partners’ are a myth and means cohabiting couples have far fewer protections than married couples do – however, do not fear! There are alternatives that can help – speak to us today to find out more.
Talking Trick or Treat
Verbal contracts may be spellbinding and often as legally binding as written ones, however, they can be gruesome to prove in a court of law. A verbal contract is more likely to lead to confusion over what the parties are agreeing to.
Solicitors may seem superstitious, however, negotiating a written contract is definitely a treat as verbal contracts can be tricky!
We hope you enjoyed this article – what do you think – trick or treat?
* legal instrument is a written legal document that records the formal execution of legally enforceable acts or agreements and secures their associated legal rights, obligations, and duties.
*Notice: This blog does not constitute legal advice*