Time for an Update?

2nd December 2016

How old is your Enduring Powers of Attorney?
Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) are legal documents which can allow other people to look after and deal with your property and financial affairs even if you lose your mental capacity to do so yourself.

If you have an EPA then it will still be valid, but, in 2007 EPAs were replaced with Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) which means that even the youngest EPAs are nearly 10 years old! So, it may be time for you to review your EPA.

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Young Professionals Network – End of year celebration drinks

30th November 2016

The Young Professionals Network annual drinks evening was held on the evening of Tuesday 29th November in the library at Gilbert Stephens Southernhay East office. The Firm were delighted to host the last event of the year to celebrate the forthcoming festive period over plenty of mulled wine and mince pies.


Gilbert Stephens Solicitors pledged support today for the Exeter Cycling Charter

18th November 2016

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors pledged support today for the Exeter Cycling Charter.

We recognise that an active workforce is a healthier workforce, which is good both for the well-being of our staff and also for our business, because healthy employees are more productive employees who are absent less often.  At Gilbert Stephens we are pleased to support the Exeter Cycling Charter as a demonstration of our commitment to a more sustainable way of doing business, many of our staff cycle to work daily and over the past four years taken part in the FORCE Cancer Charity Nello bike ride, along with other charity events” says Rick Shorey, Chief Operations Officer at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP.

Cheap and cheerful? Your Will is more than a tick in the box.

7th November 2016

If you want to be a Will writer, you can be! It’s as easy as that. You don’t need training, you don’t need qualifications and there is definitely no oversight or regulation.

For these reasons a cheap Will service is easy to find but, as with so much in life, you get what you pay for.

Writing a Will can be a tricky business. Basic mistakes can cause gifts to fail or worse, if the correct witnessing procedure is not followed, the whole document can be invalid. This could cause unnecessary distress and financial hardship to your loved ones after you die.

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Exeter’s young professionals get creative in the kitchen

27th October 2016

Members of Gilbert Stephens’ Young Professionals Network (YPN) recently hosted a tasty networking session at Exeter Cookery School, one of the region’s hottest new culinary destinations. Having been handed three recipes by the school’s head chef and tutor, Jim Fisher, the group was divided into teams and then let loose on the kitchen to create three festive canapés. Despite the look of sheer panic on some of their faces, with a little encouragement everyone was soon prepping like pros and surprised themselves by creating a veritable feast for the evening.

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Gilbert Stephens take part in the WESC foundation charity quiz

7th October 2016

On 6 October 2016, Gilbert Stephens entered a team of eight into the WESC Foundation Charity Quiz, billed as ‘The best charity pub quiz in Exeter’. The event was held at the WESC Foundation Campus, Topsham Road and after a shaky start, a few drinks and a buffet supper, the team managed to regain ground and finish a dignified 4th out of the 19 teams who entered.  The winners were from Exeter University. Read more…