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February 2019 3 NEWS It’s hard to talk about Wills... Bury Head Office 2 Manchester Road, Bury Lancashire, BL9 0DT. T: 0161 764 5266 Little Lever Office 58 Market Street, Little Lever Bolton, BL3 1HN. T: 01204 709959 @BurySolicitor We all know that talking about death can be hard, but if you don’t take steps to make a Will, there is no guarantee that your wishes will be carried out when you die and you could leave behind a trail of problems for loved ones to negotiate when you’re gone. Our Private Client Solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you draft and execute wills correctly. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 0815 to arrange a free, initial meeting and for a free quote Nicola Finbow, Head of the Private Client team at Clough & Willis answers your questions What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which enables you to ap- point one or more person you know and trust to act as your attorney(s) to take control of, or assist youwith, your financial or personal welfare decisions. This is useful where you are unable to manage your own af- fairs, whether temporarily or per- manently, due to illness, physical impairment or mental incapacity. It allows your Attorneys to make decisions on your behalf, including if in the future you were to lack mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney, one relating to property and financial affairs and the other relating to health and welfare decisions. You cannot combine the two documents. You can choose to put in place one or both documents. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare gives your attorney the authority to make de- cisions with regard to life sustain- ing treatment, daily diet, routine, where you might reside or the de- cision to accept or decline particu- lar medical treatments. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare can only be used when you lack the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Affairs allows your Attorneys to decide how your prop- erty and financial affairs are man- aged. The Lasting Power of Attor- ney will allow your attorneys deal with your finances, pay your bills, make decisions about matters such as opening, closing and managing bank/building society accounts, claiming, receiving and using your benefits, pensions and allowanc- es and even assist in selling your house if required. A Lasting Power ofAttorney for Property andAffairs can be used both while you have mental capacity and if you were to lose mental capacity in the future. Who can I appoint as my attorney(s)? You can choose members of your family, friends or a professional person such as a solicitor or accoun- tant or indeed a combination of the two. However, professional attor- neys will charge for their services. Your attorneys should be people who you trust and who have suf- ficient skills to make decisions on your behalf. If you are appointing two ormore Attorneys, you can authorise them to act either jointly (meaning they must both act together and cannot act individually); jointly and sever- ally (meaning they can act together or individually) or jointly in some matters and jointly and severally in other matters. If you appoint your Attorneys to act jointly, and one of the Attor- neys dies, becomes bankrupt or becomes mentally incapable, the whole Power of Attorney will be terminated and a new document will need to be put in place. If you appoint your Attorneys to act jointly and severally and one of the Attorneys dies, becomes bankrupt or mentally incapable, the Lasting Power of Attorney will continue to act on their own as long as they are capable of doing so. Why should I make a Lasting Power of Attorney if I am fit and well? A Lasting Power of Attorney can only be created if you have suffi- cient mental capacity to under- standwhat it is that youare signing and the authority you are granting under it. Each Lasting power of Attorney has be to countersigned by a “Certificate Provider”, who is certifying the document to confirm that you have sufficient capacity and understanding to make the document and also that you are not being put under any pressure to get it signed. There are only certain people who can qualify to act as a Certificate Provider. If you do not have sufficient ca- pacity to proceed with the prepara- tion of a Lasting Power of Attorney, someone would have to make an application to the Court of Protec- tion be appointed as a “Deputy”. This court order would then allow the appointed Deputy to make de- cisions on your behalf, subject to the terms of the court order and the supervision of the court. An application to the Court of Protection can be costly and time consuming. Annual supervision and insurance bond costs will also apply for the length of time that the court order is in place. If you need further informa- tion about Lasting Powers of Attorney or any other Private Client matter, contact Nicola for a free, no obligation inter- view on 0161 7645266. Lasting Powers of Attorney GENEROUS members of the Bolton and Bury Business Networking Group raised a welcome donation for a children’s charity at their last meeting. As well as donating raffle prizes, they helped boost funds to £300 for Children Today which buys individual pieces of equipment for children and young people with disabilities. RESIDENTS will get an extra helping hand when it comes to getting rid of large items, thanks to Bolton Council’s improved bulky waste collection service. But now, thanks to a new partnership between Bolton Council and the furniture reuse company Bulky Bob’s, fridges and freezers can also be included among the five items at no extra cost. Also, residents booking a bulky waste collection are now able to have any unwanted small electrical items, such as kettles and hairdryers, removed free of charge. To arrange a collection, call 01204 336632. THE NEWS IN BRIEF Raiders target football clubhouse Dumped rubbish costs fly-tipper a hefty fine Singer stars on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show A JUNIOR football club has vowed to fight back after raiders broke into their clubhouse and ‘tried to set it on fire’. Radcliffe Borough Juniors FC, which is based at Close Park in Radcliffe, was tar- geted by two yobs, who were captured on CCTV. Staff discovered the break- in when they arrived to set up for a junior game. The raid has been reported to GMP. Carol Nicholson, wel- fare officer, said: “The tears were not far away. We were feeling very low. What they have done is total- ly incomprehensible. “We are a local club that has been going for more than 50 years and children are at the heart of what we do. Peo- ple should want to help us not destroy our club. I do not understand the mentality.” Two young people, wearing rucksacks, were captured on CCTV. They forced entry into the cafe, ransacked the kitch- en area, stole a charity box and stole packs of bacon that had been defrosting ready for bacon butties that morning. Mrs Nicholson said: “I don’t think these people were trying to steal anything. I think they were aiming to burn the place down. “The stole stupid things. They put a can of spray ad- hesive in the microwave and set it going. It was bleeping when we arrived. “They had turned our cook- ing griddle on full blast. The liquid glue could have caused an explosion.” Radcliffe Borough Juniors FC is a junior football team that was established in 1987. It has 26 teams, and is cur- rently used by more than 300 children aged four to 17. Mrs Nicholson said: “When the kids turned up to play, they just got on with it. They are the reason we had to pick ourselves up. “We sent people out to get bacon and others swept up the mess. You have to come back fighting.” Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymous- ly, on 0800 555 111. FLY-tipping in a Bury back street has cost the offender a total of £500 in fines and costs. Officers from Bury Council investigated a complaint on 14 Febru- ary 2018 about rubbish dumped in the alley be- tween Price Street and Al- fred Street, Bury. They discovered corre- spondence in the waste re- lating to Mark Lewington, then of Price Street, who was subsequently issued with a fixed penalty of £75 for littering. Lewington (aged 45) did not pay that penalty and was then prosecuted at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 21 December 2018. He was found guilty in his absence and was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £280. Cllr Judith Kelly, cab- inet member for corpo- rate affairs and HR, said: “Litter blights our streets and parks and costs local taxpayers money which could be better spent on much-needed services.” MICHAEL McIntyre made a Bolton girl’s dreams come true when he in- vited her to be the ‘un- expected star’ of his Big Show. Singer Rachel Crowe re- ceived praise from people across the nation after she took to the stage on the popular family show. Dozens of people took to Twitter to congratulate the 26-year-old on her perfor- mance of Jennifer Rush’s 1984 hit The Power of Love. Many viewers said Ra- chel’s singing had ‘given them goosebumps’. Michael McIntyre said of Rachel’s performance: “It was amazing, wasn’t it ladies and gentlemen? She did fantastically well. “Thank you so much for coming — well, you had no choice — but thank you for coming to the museum. “You were sensational.” Rachel, from Morris Green, was tricked into thinking she was visiting the made-up British Muse- umof Humanity inLondon. She was subjected to several pranks, which ended with Michael jump- ing out of a sarcophagus dressed as Tutankhamun and announcing she would be the ‘unexpected star’ of the show. Rachel said on Facebook: “Dreams can come true! Thanks to the BBC andMi- chael McIntrye!” “I was made to feel a real star. “It was incredible meet- ing Michael McIntyre, I really like him and he was so helpful. “It was amazing to per- form, it was brilliant, I never thought I would be singing on show like that.” Rachel became an inter- net sensation last month after a video of her karaoke performance at Barristers Bar in Bradshawgate was seen by more than 2.5 mil- lion people. Rachel Crowe performs on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. Picture, BBC TO ADVERTISE IN YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE 01204 478812