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Making a Will is the easiest and only way to ensure your wishes are properly executed upon your passing. A Will is a document which explicitly states the desires of the deceased and allows for loved ones to be taken care of in a way concurrent with the personal preferences of the recently passed. Without a valid Will, the estate will fall into what is known as "intestacy". In this long and arduous process, loved ones are still entitled to the deceased's estate, but their entitlement consists of guidelines drawn out by the government.

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The Scottish Government has made attempts to improve the care system by having more elderly people care for in the community rather than in a hospital.

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A specialist in Family Law and accredited as a family mediator by the Law Society of Scotland, Fiona Rasmusen is now a proud member of Consensus Scotland having completed training in collaborative law.

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The market for equity release market has recorded the busiest quarter for almost a ten years. Increasing numbers of people who have retired or are moving into retirement are making the decision to use the wealth tied up in their home to fund their retirement.

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fiona-rasmusen-picWe are pleased to announce that partner Fiona Rasmusen has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a family mediator. With the help of a family mediator, family disputes can be resolved by the parties themselves working together to find a solution that is beneficial to the whole family.

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Life at older ages will look very different for women in the early 2020s than it does today. They are likely to be healthier, their husbands will live longer, and they will be much more likely to be in paid work.

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National University of Ireland, Galway, has been left a large collection of books in a bequest from the estate of circus owner Henry Ringling North.

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Progress in shifting care for older people from hospitals to the home will become more difficult in future because of decreasing budgets and a rapidly aging population.

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Carers throughout the UK are struggling behind closed doors without adequate help or advice, according to recent research released to mark Carers Week 2014.

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Significant rises in the property market over recent years are pushing many families into larger inheritance tax bills, according to Towry, the wealth adviser.

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Teaching the older generation some basic digital skills such as how to email and how to use social networking sites and search engines could help tackle the loneliness that is prevalent amongst many elderly people.

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College Receives Record Bequest

Posted by on in Wills

Orange Coast College (OCC) in California has received a bequest of $480,000, which is apparently the largest unrestricted bequest in history of the college’s Foundation.

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A recent study has revealed that too many Britons are failing to plan for their end of life or share these plans with their friends and family.

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NHS Continuing Healthcare

Posted by on in Getting Older

An independent review of NHS Continuing Care has been published, making a number of recommendations to improve the way this form of long-term care is provided.

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The number of older people in need of care is expected to outstrip the number of family members able to provide informal care for the first time in 2017, according to a new report published by the think tank IPPR.

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The latest figures from the Equity Release Council indicate that the first quarter of 2014 saw the highest lending figures for a first quarter since 2002, when quarterly records began.

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A recent study from Canada has looked at how high-net worth Canadians (those with investible assets of $1 million or more) intend to pass on their wealth to the next generation.

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Britons struggling to achieve a comfortable retirement could be blissfully unaware that they’re sitting on a goldmine – as many people over 50 don't know the true value of their property, a poll has revealed.

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An interesting report was published at the end of last week by LV=, which reveals that although last week's Budget announcement gives new retirees more choice about how they take their pension, they can still expect to see their income drop by two thirds (66%) when they leave the workplace.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed a ruling in an English case by the Supreme Court, which found that severely disabled people cannot be deprived of their liberty without proper safeguards, even if their living arrangements are benevolent.

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