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Inheritance: a family matter, or a taboo topic?

Recent research has found that 47% of UK adults have never discussed inheritance planning. Many of those polled indicated that they had not raised the subject with family members because they did not feel they were old enough for inheritance to be an important topic of conversation. However, others avoided the subject because they do not like discussing death (14%), and because they view inheritance as a morbid subject (11%).

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Digital inheritance: what next for Scots law?

Facebook recently surpassed 2 billion active users worldwide, and many millions log into Twitter, Instagram, and other social media networks every day. However, there is still legal uncertainty surrounding the question of what happens to our online accounts after death. In this blog, we consider the law in Scotland, and whether digital assets should be considered in your inheritance plans alongside “offline” property.

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What happens to property held abroad when you die? - The Impact of brexit

In 21st century society when we are more socially mobile than ever before, it is not uncommon to have some sort of asset in another country. More often than not this will be a property, possibly used for holiday purposes or with a view to being your retirement retreat. Testament to this is the fact that in 2016 there were some 300,000 Brits living in Spain and more than 150,000 setting up home in France. However, with Brexit looming, there are concerns about buying and visiting property abroad. For those that have already bought a property abroad or are pushing ahead with buying their dream in spite of Brexit, questions remain unanswered over what will happen to the property when they die as we will no longer be subject to EU law.

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More than £1.25m Raised Through Will Aid

Law firms across the UK have raised over £125,000,000 for nine charities by writing wills. Will Aid, as the charity drive is known, is offered by more than 1,000 firms nationwide. For one month, solicitors waive their fees for writing a will and in exchange the client is invited to make a donation to charity. In 2016, almost 13,000 wills were written under the scheme.

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Law on Wills Should be Brought into the 'Modern World'

While the law on wills differs between Scotland and England & Wales, there issues that will be relevant to the law on both sides of the border. This blog explores proposals down south which may impact on how wills are written, interpreted, altered and stored in Scotland.

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