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?
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Whilst it is expected that Prince Phillip made a Will during his lifetime, it is unlikely to be made public. There are, however, certain expectations as to how the estate will be distributed as the Royal Family are, in many ways, like other families in the UK with many of the same considerations with regard to their estate.
You may have heard about Powers of Attorney and thought that it’s something for older people. We, however, are here to bust that myth. We all know that we should make a Will, but not enough of us know that we should also consider making a Power of Attorney. Sadly, like death, mental and physical incapacity could happen at any time. This could be through illness or a freak accident or there might be a time when you want someone you trust to act on your behalf temporarily.
A recent case heard by the England and Wales High Court has highlighted the issues that can be encountered if a Will is drafted which does not reflect the testator's instructions.
From 26 March 2021, the law on organ and tissue donation is changing in Scotland to an "opt out" system.