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The Certainties of Life

Peter Levy of Astle Paterson’s Wills & Probate department comments on the recent Solicitors Journal report in which it is stated that “Research shows that most people fail to make appropriate end-of-life plans to the detriment of those they leave behind.”

Accordingly to research carried out by the Dying Matters Coalition approximately half of people are unaware of their partner’s wishes on death.

The report confirms that “just 6 per cent [of the people surveyed] said they had written down their preferences about future care, should they lose capacity … Only 36% have written a will [but] … Despite this … 80% believe all adults should have a will to avoid disputes.”

On reading the report, Peter stated that “It was Benjamin Franklin who noted that ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’   I believe that people should – at an early stage – consider making a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney.   These documents should give your family and you peace of mind that if you ultimately lose capacity to make decisions on your own behalf your nominated person can assist you and that when you die your family and loved ones will be looked after.

I can only emphasise Claire Henry’s (chief executive of the Dying Matters Coalition) comments when she said ‘Talking more openly about dying and planning ahead is in everyone’s interests, as it can help ensure we get our wishes met and make it easier for our loved ones.’”

Should you wish to discuss matters further then please contact Peter Levy of Astle Paterson’s Wills & Probate department on 01283 531366 or by way of email at plevy@astlepaterson.co.uk.

Should you wish to read the full report in the Solicitors Journal then please click here.

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