Wills

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

Inspired Bigotry: Meet the Salafists Behind the Law Society

Chris Moos | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

quickly came to the defense of the Law Society, dismissing any critique as 'Islamophobic' and 'another sharia scare story'. Yet, several important questions remain unanswered.

Probate and Other Fairly Pointless Pieces of Paperwork

Beth Phillips | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

Today, four months and four days since Dunc died, I have finally received the Grant of Representation (Probate) in the post. Four months and five days ago, I didn't even know that such a thing existed, let alone the hoops that one is required to jump through in order to obtain it.

Royal Baby: Prince Harry Relishing Uncle Role

PA | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

Prince Harry declared tonight he was ready to play the proud, protective uncle for his new nephew Prince George and "make sure he has fun". Harry c...

Value of Briton's Unclaimed and Heirless Estates Doubles in a Year

Liz Braude | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Braude

Under laws dating back to medieval times, if no claimants come forward, all bona vacantia either pass to the Treasury on behalf of the Crown or to the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster, if the deaths of individuals who leave neither wills nor heirs occurred within their boundaries.

Grave Concerns: Who Owns a Corpse

Helen Gaskell | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Helen Gaskell

My mind has been much exercised recently after reading about a case which has come to light in Edinburgh. It involved a local council and the mummified corpses of an elderly couple. Following their deaths, in 1987 and 1994 respectively, their son had them embalmed in the hope that their family home might be turned into a mausoleum.

When Personal Admin Means Fewer Headaches Not More

Liz Braude | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Braude

For some years now, businesses have talked about the objective of creating 'paper-free offices'. However, whilst the push to store documents digitally has cleared desks and freed up filing space in the office, at home things are generally somewhat different.

How Much Do You Know About Wills?

Emma Myers | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Myers

It's extremely important to make a will and ensure that the will you make is the most appropriate one for your circumstances.

Flawed Wills and Costly Consequences

Jane Lee | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Lee

Given the degree of fascination with tabloid media and gossip magazines have with the demise of celebrities, you could be forgiven if you believed that death was no longer the taboo subject of old.

'William The Conqueror' Heads To Falklands Amid Argentine Tensions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2012 | UK

As tension continues to simmer between Britain and Argentina over the Falkand Islands, Prince William is believed to be en route to the disputed terri...

Life, Death and the Changing Shape of British Families

Helen Gaskell | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Gaskell

The only way to ensure that your wishes are adhered to - whether you're married or not - is by having a will. It might not surprise anyone that I firmly recommend them but the countless difficulties experienced in cases on which I have advised where no will was present, make all too clear how the time spent putting in place a clear plan for your assets, is very well spent providing peace of mind for you and your family.

UK Parents Failing To Plan For Retirement Or Death

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

More than half of the UK’s families with dependent children have no financial plan in place to support their children in the event of illness, job l...

Retirement Planning Seems a Distant Worry When your Children are Using Bicycle Stabilisers, but how can we Ensure the Wheels Don’t Come off When TheyâÃÂ

Christine Foyster | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK
Christine Foyster

All of this, unfortunately, suggests we're a nation of wishful thinkers: when it comes to our children our hearts are in the right place, but too often our money is not. Britain may be feeling the strain post-recession, but it's an all-too-common misconception that you need to be rich to have a financial plan.

Small Bequests and big Family Feuds

Liz Braude | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK
Liz Braude

We found that family members frequently feuded over who was left crockery, pets and photograph albums. In one recent case, there was even no alternative resolution except to divide up the ashes of the deceased between several surviving relatives.

Passwords, Probate and the Digital Afterlife

Helen Gaskell | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Gaskell

The business of dividing up someone's assets after they've died is never a pleasant one but is usually relatively straightforward.