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Lauren McGurk, Associate Solicitor

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Direct Dial: 01242 246 473
Mobile: 07715 063 130

A bit about me

I help older and vulnerable people through difficult and emotional times, managing the affairs of those who no longer have the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Most of my clients don’t have close family members, so I’m usually the point of contact for all of their queries. I’m always available to speak to my clients and their carers, and I make sure that their wishes are considered and taken care of at all times.

I have a vast amount of experience in dealing with applications from the Court of Protection, and I’m an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, where I’m also on the Birmingham committee. I’m an affiliate member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners, and I’m passionate about protecting the vulnerable.

Want to know more?

We say it a lot, but having a will is so important – you’ll feel much better knowing that everything is in place, and it will ensure everything goes to the right people.

Put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place while you still can – this will save a lot of hassle should the worst happen and ensure your wishes are carried out properly.

Circumstances can change, so make sure you review your will regularly and make sure it is up to date.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document that you sign, which authorises the people you choose to make decisions about your money, your home, or your health and welfare.

I have an Enduring Power of Attorney, is this still valid?

Any EPA, validly made before 1st October 2007, can still be used but only in respect of your property and financial affairs. If you wish to give authority over your health or welfare, you will need to make a health and welfare LPA.

What happens if I do not have a power of attorney in place and I lose capacity?

If you do not have an EPA or LPA, your money and property cannot be used to support you. The court must be asked to appoint a deputy, which can take more than six months –  longer if there is dispute in your family about who that person should be. Until the deputy is appointed, your assets are frozen, and cannot be used to support you.

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