With effect from 1 January 2016 Austin Law Associates is a trading name of and owned by Austin Law Associates Ltd. The directors Bruno Borriello and Jenny Borriello will continue to manage the business and strive to maintain the same level of excellence that we have achieved for the last 16 years.
A Guaranteed Funeral Plan can save money and worry for you and your family. It's more important than ever to ensure that your financial affairs are in order, especially in these times of financial uncertainty. Most people appreciate the importance of planning for the future by writing a Will but the best way to ensure funeral costs are covered and to protect your estate is a guaranteed funeral plan. Feel free to contact us for more information.
An executor is responsible for administering the estate and distributing the assets in accordance with the Will. This can often be stressful
and complicated as the Will has to be administered in accordance with the rules and laws of probate. People often find it is worthwhile to appoint a professional and experienced firm to help.
Sometimes a loved one may die without having left a Will, however their estate must still be dealt with according to the Law.
Here at Austin Law Associates we can arrange to meet the next of kin or Executor at your home or at our office and give guidance.
The initial first appointment is free and without obligation. We work closely with national Probate Specialists and can offer a
fixed fee service, quoted in advance.
Most people don’t realise that the Executor named in the Will is legally obliged to
find a proper and caring solution to the problem of “homeless pets” when their
owner passes away. They are responsible for the continued care of the animal and
for finding an appropriate long-term homing arrangement.
However, to help your Executor, it is possible to leave your pets to a named person, usually with
a sum of money, and request that they look after your pets for the rest of the
Many people have large collections of digital music and e-books that they
would wish to leave to their loved ones once they are gone.
It’s fairly easy to leave actual books, CD’s, photo albums etc. to loved ones
but who owns your on line collections?
Often we only acquire the right to use on line assets without actually owning
For example Amazon.com and Apple currently give "non transferable" rights for
use of digital content. Amazon does not grant ownership rights to music or
software and Apple, restricts the use of digital content solely to Apple devices
used by the account holder.
With technology becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives and more
photos, books and music collections moving online, it begs the question – when
we die, what happens to the digital trail we leave behind?
Dealing with online possessions is perhaps the last thing one would consider
but nowadays with online accounts and numerous internet passwords to remember,
it's something that we need to think about and include in our estate planning.
The British Bankers' Association (BBA) has released guidance that revealed it is
common practice for banks to freeze withdrawals from a joint account if one of
the account holders is mentally incapable, until the appointment of an attorney
This highlights the importance of having a registered
Lasting Power of Attorney that could be used when needed.
The BBA says if you are the joint account holder and the other joint account holder
becomes mentally incapable, you do not automatically have the right to access
the account unless you have a Lasting Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of
Attorney or an order from the Court of Protection.
A Lasting power of attorney is a legal document that gives powers to another person to take care of
the financial or legal affairs of a person who has lost mental capacity or no
longer wants to deal with such issues on their own.