January has been a very busy month for us. We had a lot of fun celebrating Grace’s Birthday.

We always use local businesses, where possible and we had such fantastic services.

PandiBakes organised a cupcake and craft party for Grace. The children loved it and repeatedly said it was the “best party ever”. Amy even organised impromptu dancing at the end.

Grace’s Birthday cake was just beautiful and made by Tams Cakes and Cookies. It was stunning and tasted delicious.

The balloons, we ordered as usual, from BBL Design Florists in Ewell. I got the job of carrying them down the high street to Glyn Hall. I did feel like Mary Poppins and about to take off in the wind.

The sandwiches were ordered from All Things Nice in Ewell and the children loved them.

Nic Chappell took the photos for us to capture the special moments that would have been missed otherwise. The photos are lovely.

We have been busy with our business too and really enjoy being able to help people. Our focus this month has been on Lasting Powers of Attorney and have created informative posts, to help with understanding the need for these important documents. If you would like more information or an appointment to discuss this, please email us at info@avalonlegal.org.

We are pleased to advise that our registered office address has moved from Leatherhead to Epsom.

We continue to offer evening and weekend appointments as well as day time appointments. We come to you at a time that suits you.

Case Study- We thought it would be helpful to give a case study. Names and circumstances have been changed for confidentiality.

This case study relates to a man called Eric who had been married to his wife Anne, for over 50 years. They were both retired and in their mid-70’s. They had two adult children and two grandchildren and had great grandchildren on the way.

Sadly, Anne died several years ago and Eric, naturally was now on his own for the first time in over 50 years, was starting to struggle to look after himself and was becoming more reliant on the children to help with various things.

It was at this point the children contacted us expressing concerns about Eric’s situation and asking if we could help. We contacted Eric directly and with his consent, we arranged to meet at his home for a free no obligation chat.

Eric explained to us that he was not as mobile as he once was and did not get out to the shops and the bank much, becoming more and more reliant on help and support from the two children. However he knew that the children were finding it difficult to sort some things out and wanted to make it as easy and convenient as possible for his two children to help him.

After discussing matters with us fully, Eric decided it would be in his best interest to make Lasting Powers of Attorney appointing the two children to be his attorneys enabling the children to make any important decisions on his behalf. Eric wanted to make a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Affairs to enable the children to deal with finances and also a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare to enable the children to make decisions about his health and welfare if he was ever unable to make those decisions himself.

We explained to Eric the total costs for us making both types of Lasting power of Attorney and sorting everything out.

We then drafted all the necessary paperwork and called to see Eric at his home again to go through it all and get it all signed off. We also agreed to be Eric’s “Certificate Provider” at no extra cost. After the children had also signed the documentation, we then arranged to register both the Lasting Powers of Attorney at the Office for the Public Guardian and then sent the registered Lasting Powers of Attorney back to Eric, in preparation for the children to act on his behalf.

Overall it took about three months from beginning to end to sort out. Eric and the children now have fully legal Lasting powers of Attorney for Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare in place to enable his children to fully support and help look after Eric for the rest of his life.

If you or a loved one feel you might benefit from making a Lasting Power of Attorney please visit our website at http://www.avalonlegal.org or call us for a free no obligation chat on 02086444441 or 07506583669.

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