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How do I release equity from my home?

Equity release is designed for older people who own their home outright or have very little mortgage left to pay on their property. Essentially, it’s a way of being able to use the value that’s in a property without the homeowner having to sell or move home. There are...

What is probate?

Probate is the process of administering someone’s estate when they die. The person who is responsible for doing this is either the executor (or executors) that are named in the will of that person, or if the person died without making a will, then this would typically...

What is lasting power of attorney?

A lasting power of attorney is a legal way of appointing someone to make decisions for you if you lack the mental capacity to be able to make them yourself, or if you no longer want to make them for yourself. For example, you may have an accident and are left in a...

Why do I need a will?

A will is a document which states who you want your money and other possessions, including your property if you own one to go to in the event of your death. It also names someone (or more than one person if you would like) to organise this for you, and to carry out...

How do I legally change my name?

How do I legally change my name? The simple answer is that you can use any name you like, whenever you like, and there is no legal way to change it. However, if you want to use this name formally, and have your name changed on official documents such as a passport or...