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Hyphen Law exhibit at Breaking Boundaries conference

Kelly Knight
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This Friday (7 th October) we are excited to be supporting the inspirational CCMS Breaking More Boundaries Conference at Newbury Race Course. CCMS (Community Case Management Services) is a leading provider of case management rehabilitation services...

A change for the better for Deputy report forms

Michelle Andrews
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If you are a Deputy, you may have noticed that the report forms from the Office for the Public Guardian (OPG) are now different. And you may be wondering why these changes have been made. The OPG has a duty of care towards you as the Deputy and your client....

The case for renaming the Court of Protection

Tom Hall
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It’s now been about nine years since the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) came into force.  Fundamentally, the MCA provided the legislative framework to ensure that individuals who lack capacity to make decisions are treated with the same autonomy and...

World Mental Health Day: Focus on Nepal

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On 25 April 2015, a powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal. More than 8,000 people lost their lives, and many historic and irreplaceable buildings and monuments throughout the country were destroyed. The significant scale of this event brought...

World Mental Health Day 2016

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World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October. It has been recognised on this day every year since 1992 and was established by the World Federation for Mental Health . It provides us with an opportunity to look at the state of mental health around the world...

Attorney or Deputy, what's the difference?

Tom Hall
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I’m frequently being asked if being a Deputy is the same as being an Attorney.  The answer is essentially yes; but there are some very important practical differences . Attorney versus Deputy A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a way of...

Attention all Deputies!

Laura Curtis
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Has your annual supervision fee been paid this year? If you are a Property and Affairs Deputy for a relative or a close friend, you’ll be familiar with the annual supervision fee paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) every April. The OPG is...

Sleep Walking for Cerebra

Christine Bunting
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Last night I joined a fantastic crowd of supporters to ascend Pen-Y-Fan to raise money for the Cerebra Sleep Service.  Setting off from home at 5.30 pm yesterday afternoon I was ready for a gentle amble in the sunshine.  Arriving at the foot of...

Court Funds Office: change to interest rate for basic accounts

Kelly Knight
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As of the 6 th June 2016, the Court Funds Office (CFO) is changing the interest rate payable to funds held in a basic account to 0.1%. With the true rate of inflation at around 2% to 2.5% per annum, this means that leaving money in an account at the Court...

Singapore: Mental Capacity Act Amendments

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  Singapore’s Mental Capacity Act appears very familiar to those of us practicing in England & Wales. Our Mental Capacity Act 2005 was used as a starting point, and with a few adaptations, became the Mental Capacity Act in Singapore. The act...

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