From 26 March 2021, the law on organ and tissue donation is changing in Scotland to an "opt out" system.
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A survivorship destination means that on the death of either party, the deceased's share of the property will pass automatically to the survivor. This clause will override the terms of any Will put in place by the deceased. Survivorship destinations are common where the parties to the title are a couple, but they do have pros and cons that people should be aware of.
Legal Rights are a distinctive feature of Scots Law designed to protect spouses and children from disinheritance. Recently we have seen an increasing number of queries relating to Legal Rights by those who wish to disinherit their spouses/children for a variety of reasons.
Recent Supreme Court ruling: pension transfer made in ill health does not attract an inheritance tax charge
A recent court judgement brings some clarity for those in ill-health looking to make changes to their pension pot. The case highlights that the motivations for making changes to the pension is key when determining if an IHT charge is applicable.
The Office of the Public Guardian in England and Wales (OPG) has launched an online service for attorneys acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney. The service will enable attorneys to prove their status to banks and other organisations. There is currently no online system for attorneys in Scotland and there do not appear to be any plans to put this in place at the moment.