Legal experts are calling for changes to the wills system to ensure people can sign them during this period of lockdown and social-distancing in the UK.
It all comes down to a balance in the end. I am all for there being a more accessible way in which a will can be completed and for a pragmatic approach to handling errors. That being said, when flexibility is added vulnerability always appears and the risks must be managed.
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.
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.
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.
Prince Harry declared tonight he was ready to play the proud, protective uncle for his new nephew Prince George and "make
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.
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.
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.
It's extremely important to make a will and ensure that the will you make is the most appropriate one for your circumstances.
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.
As tension continues to simmer between Britain and Argentina over the Falkand Islands, Prince William is believed to be en
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.
More than half of the UK’s families with dependent children have no financial plan in place to support their children in
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.
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.
The business of dividing up someone's assets after they've died is never a pleasant one but is usually relatively straightforward.