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Do I need Lasting Powers of Attorney if all of my assets are held jointly?
Firstly, what is a Lasting Power of Attorney? It gives someone the legal authority to act on your behalf if you either become unable to make your own decisions, or ask that person to help you out with implementing them.
Next of Kin cannot choose your Care Home
As reported in the Times Newspaper on Saturday 30 June 2018, encouraged by many charities and highlighted by Solicitors for the Elderly in their campaign and report, “The incapacity crisis: a nation unprepared”, most people need to have a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, but do not have one.
Field used by trespassers can be an asset of community value
The Court of Appeal has considered for the first time the scheme relating to assets of community value (ACV) introduced by the Localism Act 2011. Under the scheme, if a building or other land has an actual use which furthers the social wellbeing or social interest of the local community a local council can list it as an ACV. A listing means that the owner of the ACV has to inform the council if it intends to sell the asset, and must give community groups 6 months to raise money to buy it, although the owner is not obliged to sell to a community group.
Safeguarding charity beneficiaries
Charities exist to benefit those to whom they provide assistance, who are often the most vulnerable in society. The notion of charities being a safe environment for those in need is, at the very least, challenged by allegations or incidents of abuse by individuals associated with a charity. The effectiveness and reputation of charities are no longer to be assumed.
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