You may have seen the recent announcement that His Royal Highness Prince Philip’s Will is to be kept secret or ‘sealed’ for the next 90 years. The President of the Family Division in England and Wales, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has ordered that Prince Philip’s Will be sealed, in order to protect the Queen’s dignity and privacy, in light of her constitutional role.[Read more…] about The decision to seal Prince Philip’s Will – are Wills public documents in Scotland?
In our last blog (available here) we discussed why it is important to make a Will if you are starting a family. In the second part of this blog series we consider Powers of Attorney and Living Wills and why these are similarly important.
Making the decision to bring a child into the world is an exciting journey, but there are inherent health risks involved, particularly with certain types of fertility treatment such as assisted and donor conception. Although one would hope the health risks wouldn’t come to fruition, these risks could result in you losing capacity and requiring someone to make decisions on your behalf. If you put a Power of Attorney in place, this will give you peace of mind to know that, should the unthinkable happen and you end up incapacitated, you have appointed someone you trust to make important decisions for you. Likewise, having a Living Will in place gives you peace of mind that a declaration as to your wishes is available to those involved in making decisions about your medical care, should you be unable to make decisions for yourself.[Read more…] about Starting a family using fertility treatment? Your second step should be to consider a Power of Attorney or Living Will
Making the decision to start a family is an important and exciting life event. For some people, fertility treatment will become a necessary part of the process, and if that is the case for you it may be even more important to consider the terms of your Will.
When you embark on the fertility treatment process, it is important that you ensure your personal affairs are reviewed and up to date – and this includes putting a Will in place. This means that you can have peace of mind that your wishes will be respected after your death, should the worst happen.[Read more…] about Starting a family using fertility treatment? Your first step should be to put a Will in place
David White discusses how you could ensure that your children’s financial situation was looked after should anything ever happen to you while they were still young.
Last week, we considered what happens when a child’s parents die whilst the child is still of a young age. The importance of a ‘Guardian’ was highlighted and it was recommended that appropriate provision for this be made in your Will. Whilst this appointment caters for the child’s welfare, the law treats the child’s finances separately. As such, in this part, we consider what financial decisions require to be made and how you can prepare for this.[Read more…] about Who looks after my children if I die? Pt. 2 – Financial decisions
Solicitor David White discusses the difficult question some parents might have to face: “Who looks after my children if I die?” and outlines what provisions parents can make to ensure their children are looked after should the unimaginable happen.
Naturally, all parents hope to live and see their children enjoy long lives. So, it can be uncomfortable to imagine passing away leaving a young child behind. It is a very common misconception that, if the worst was to happen, a family member will automatically step in such as a grandparent or the parent’s siblings. However, as with most aspects of succession law, this is not the case! If you have not put in place the appropriate arrangements, it falls to the court to decide what should happen next.[Read more…] about Who looks after my children if I die?
Sian Keddie and David White discuss opt-out organ donation and how the new legislation regarding organ donation affects your succession planning.
You may have seen recent news reports (or received a flyer through your door!) about changes in Scotland’s law regarding organ donation. From 26 March 2021, new legislation comes into force which means that all Scottish residents who are over 16, have lived in Scotland for 12 months prior to their death and are deemed to have mental capacity will be opted-in to organ donation automatically.[Read more…] about Opt-Out Organ Donation – Can I plan ahead?