Thinking about your Will is not always at the forefront of your mind when getting married and starting a new chapter of your life but, while it is hoped that the honeymoon period lasts forever, there remain important decisions to be made.
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With news emerging more recently that assisted dying could be legalised in the UK within the next four years, we have spoken with Friends At The End (FATE), the leading Scottish Charity campaigning to change the law to allow Assisted Dying in Scotland and across the UK.
At Harper Macleod, we continually emphasise the importance of preparing a Will. While it is necessary to consider who your Executor(s) and beneficiaries might be, we look here at a few other practical points to consider too, particularly when your main asset is your home.
In Scotland, you cannot disinherit your spouse or child therefore even if there is no provision for a spouse and/or child to inherit in your Will, they would have a right to a share in the moveable estate. This is an automatic right and is very different to the position in England and Wales, which you will see in the following example online here.
From a legal perspective, we decided to look at how people with no family or estranged family might feel when it comes to sorting out their affairs. While this can seem a daunting task, the existence of a Will can give peace of mind that you might not even have known you needed.