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No excuses

There are no excuses for failing to draft a will and a lasting power of attorney, especially if you're a legal practitioner, stresses Margaret Windram

26 May 2015

Bernard Matthews tried to carefully plan for his death by drafting wills in three other jurisdictions as well as Britain. Unfortunately this did not avoid the inevitable disputes he feared would arise due to his complicated familial and romantic relationships (Scarfe v Matthews [2012] EWHC 3071), but what's worse is those who don't even try to properly plan for the future.

The recent Ministry of Justice (MoJ)campaign, Choice not Chance, targets the 25 to 50-year-old age group and encourages them to make wills and lasting powers of attorney (LPA).

The posters encourage those who are buying a house, getting married or having children to protect their family by making a will, or to change their will if their circumstances change. Other posters ask, 'Have you had that difficult conversation with your parents?' encouraging them to talk to their parents about making a will ...

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