The Health Secretary has recently requested data on the numbers of Britons who have travelled to Dignitas, in Switzerland, to end their life following a terminal illness diagnosis. The figures are likely to inform part of a new debate on legalising doctor-assisted dying in the UK.
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Creating a clear, effective and up to date Will is one of the most important aspects in the Estate Planning process. It is best practice to review your Will every three to five years and after any major life changes to determine whether any changes are required.
One of the recent story lines in TV's Coronation Street dealt with the aftermath of Geoff Metcalfe's death, which saw his wife Yasmeen having been omitted from his Will. Geoff left his entire estate to his son Tim, including his shares in the house and business he jointly owned with Yasmeen. If that happened in Scotland, could Tim decide that he wanted his inheritance to be made over to Yasmeen instead?
Winnie the Pooh day got us thinking: how can we bring a bit of that wisdom into the advice we give our clients. Whilst you may not be a honey-loving bear in Hundred Acre Wood, uttering the phrase "Think, Think, Think" when faced with a puzzling problem, it is perhaps a sentiment often echoed when considering personal legal matters.
Making a Will is very rarely associated with younger generations despite the fact they are often starting out on the property ladder. Personal mortality is often the last thing on a first-time buyer's mind. However, it is never too early for young buyers to ensure they have their Will in place