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Latest articles from Pamela Niven

  • Dementia Awareness Week is a call to action for us all in relation to Powers of Attorney

    Dementia Awareness Week is a call to action for us all in relation to Powers of Attorney

    Often it is assumed that should someone become incapable of dealing with their own affairs then their spouse/civil partner, or close family members, will be able to act on their behalf. However, this is not the case. Unless there is a Power of Attorney set up in advance, no one has an automatic authority to make decisions about someone's life if they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves.

  • What happens in Scotland if you die without a Will?

    What happens in Scotland if you die without a Will?

    Recent reports have claimed that the Amercian pop star Prince passed away last week with no Will. In Scotland it is a time consuming and costly exercise to administer an estate where there is no valid will, which can cause unnecessary uncertainty, distress and expense for those left behind. Here we explain what happens how your estate is distributed if you die without leaving a Will.

  • Death and your Digital Footprint - creating a personal assets log

    Death and your Digital Footprint - creating a personal assets log

    According to UK report last year, a typical internet user has more than 100 separate online accounts – from online banking to social media. Indeed, it would be unusual now for someone to die without leaving some sort of digital footprint. What happens to all of these accounts on the death of the account holder? Here, we look at the current situation and the best ways to get your digital assets in order.