Although the signing and lodging of many court and tribunal documents can now be done electronically, commissary documents (including applications for Confirmation and petitions for the appointment of Executors) are excluded.
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It is possible to change a Will after someone dies, subject to a number of conditions being met. You can change the distribution of a person's estate after their death regardless of whether or not there is a Will in place. The legal process is relatively simple and usually straightforward. The change is recorded in a document known as a "Deed of Variation" (sometimes referred to as a "Deed of Family Arrangement").
With news emerging more recently that assisted dying could be legalised in the UK within the next four years, we have spoken with Friends At The End (FATE), the leading Scottish Charity campaigning to change the law to allow Assisted Dying in Scotland and across the UK.
World Alzheimer's Month September 2020 - how a Power of Attorney can assist in dealing with the impact of dementia
Today marks the start of World Alzheimer's Month with World Alzheimer's Day falling on 21 September. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and tackle the stigma that surrounds dementia. The law has a part to play for families affected by dementia, and is able to provide a level of clarity and certainty during what is an extremely difficult and uncertain time.
At Harper Macleod, we continually emphasise the importance of preparing a Will. While it is necessary to consider who your Executor(s) and beneficiaries might be, we look here at a few other practical points to consider too, particularly when your main asset is your home.