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Wills & Probate

‘Can I buy a buy-to-let with my mother’s money to generate income to pay for her care?’

22nd September 2017 - Telegraph

Provided that there are no restrictions to the power of attorney, such as a clause written in by your mother saying her money cannot be used to invest in property, your plan to purchase a buy-to-let in your mother’s interest is not breaching your powers, said Nicola Waldman, a private client solicitor at London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen.

If you have a “lasting” power of attorney it must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, and if it’s “enduring” it must be registered if your mother lacks capacity.

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The importance of making a Will and what you should consider

15th March 2017 - Final Choices

Making a Will gives you reassurance that your savings and possessions will go to the people and causes you care about and avoids the potential for disputes between those you have left behind.

If you die without a Will, or your will is poorly drafted and out of date, there is no guarantee your possessions will pass those you intended. This can cause a great deal of stress, upset and financial difficulty for loved ones. Despite this, last year a survey of adults in the UK found that 59% had not written a Will.

Nicola Waldman is a partner in the Private Client team

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Civil partnership couple seek Supreme Court hearing

21st February 2017 - The Law Society Gazette

A man and a woman who today lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to choose to enter a civil partnership are to take the fight to the Supreme Court, their solicitor confirmed.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan over an earlier High Court decision refusing them judicial review of the education secretary’s decision not to, at this stage, propose any change to the bar on opposite-sex couples entering into a civil partnership.

Nicola Waldmanprivate client partner comments.

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