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  • Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs)  are something we discuss with all our clients. They are a legal tool allowing you to appoint someone to make certain decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make them for yourself in the future, otherwise known as ‘lacking mental capacity’.

    These might be decisions concerning your finances or your health and welfare. For the

  • 06 February 2018

    Mental preparation for retirement

    By FMB

    A study undertaken by the Professional Players Federation. notes that sports people struggle with mental health issues after they retire from their sporting career. One in two of the 800 respondents experienced “loss, regret or devastation”.

    I heard AP McCoy on Radio 4 this morning talking about the sadness he still feels when he remembers his last race and the struggle

  • 01 September 2017

    You think you can't be scammed?

    By FMB

    Well, somebody has been!

    In February, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it had received 11,650 enquiries regarding scams between 1 December 2015 and 30 November 2016. 13% of all their dealings with consumers were about scams.

    You might be reading this thinking, I’m a grown up, I can handle myself. I would never fall for a scam. What about your more elderly

  • 13 June 2017

    Money doesn’t grow on trees!

    By FMB

    Every year, around this time in my village of Kirkby in Furness, there is what has become a traditional fun event aimed at families, but much loved by all. This year it involves 96 households, placing an unusual article ‘on show’ in their garden, for the curious to wander around, peering into hedges and bushes to spot the object. The results are duly logged on a

  • One of the first steps in the financial planning journey is the ‘discovery’ meeting; where you meet with a financial planner and they get to find out about you; your worries, concerns, needs and aspirations for the future. It is at this initial meeting, when discussing goals, our planners often hear those dreaded words, “we just want to get better returns than we would in

  • 23 January 2017

    Keeping it fresh at FMB

    By FMB

    New Technology, new processes and new faces. Why we welcome change at FMB to keep us on our toes.

    Well as 2017 starts with people refreshed after the Christmas break and brimming with new ideas, challenges, resolutions and the like, we start the year at FMB with lots of new faces and challenges too.

    The world never stays still and neither do we at FMB; never one to sit

  • The season of goodwill has traditionally been followed by a season of increased filing of divorce petitions.

    Of course the assumption is that the festive period is a time when cracks show because of the pressure to have the perfect family Christmas. However, in reality the reason most people choose January to announce the decision, is that they do not wish to spoil

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