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‘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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Sir Michael Fallon apologises to mother of soldier killed by Iraq roadside blast

18th August 2017 - Evening Standard

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has apologised personally to the mother of a British soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in July 2005 while riding in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover.

A 12-year legal battle by his mother Sue Smith has resulted in a formal apology from Sir Michael, who said bringing alternative protected vehicles into service “could have saved lives”, according to the BBC.

Ms Smith said the apology from the Defence Secretary was “bittersweet”, adding: “I’d like it to be that his death made a difference. He’s not just a casualty of Iraq.”

The family’s lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn, said today the “strong apology” was the end of a long journey but warned against Conservative plans to stop similar cases being brought through the courts.

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