With the news that, on average, one British person a week is travelling to Switzerland to end their life it has been reported that Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is actively considering a ban on assisted suicide in the UK. Here, we consider how an individual can make a statement to communicate their wishes in terms of end of life care and to what extent.
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Fans of the TV series "Cold Feet" might have felt that, with Pete's role as a juror and Adam's recent employment issues, legal matters have been at the forefront of the latest series. The passing of Jenny's mother Barbara in a recent episode also demonstrated what can happen when someone passes away and the terms of their Will cause disputes among the family.
If you die without leaving a Will and you have a partner to whom you are not married or in a civil partnership with, they will not be automatically entitled to any part of your estate. If you have no Will however, they can apply to the court to ask them to consider a discretionary financial award under the current legislation.
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.
Today is Divorce Day, the name given to the first working Monday of the New Year due to the surge in enquiries which divorce lawyers experience. It is common that couples will have arrangements in place leaving their assets to their partner upon death. Upon seeking a separation of any kind, it is important that these are reviewed.