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Estate Planning All Over the World

For many people, the words “estate planning” may conjure up thoughts of large inheritances and tax shelters. But planning “isn’t just about death and taxes; it’s also about what happens if you get very sick and live.” The Wall Street Journal informs its readers about ‘Four Estate-Planning Documents Everyone Should Have’ and that ‘Plans Aren’t Just About Inheritances and Tax Shelters.’ They go on to suggest that almost everyone would benefit from drawing up legal documents to protect  the living period of a person’s life (the only time you can be alive!) and with full estate planning, suggesting the need to look at Living Wills and Power of Attorney documents for both finances and health as well as the traditional planning via a Will. The reason people need these documents in the US of A is just as relevant in the UK, as they probably are, in most jurisdictions across the...

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Does Your Family Know Your Funeral Wishes?

How many of your family and friends know and understand all of your funeral wishes? The answer is likely to be a very small number as most people don’t like to discuss these matters in advance. There are also circumstances where people’s wishes are not the same decisions that family members take towards the end of a person’s life. There is an excellent video on the Dying Matters website, which shows how families can make decisions that do not agree with the person who is unable to express their desires because they may be ill, in a coma or unable or unwilling to try to tell their family what their wishes are. By writing down your own personal wishes for events while you are alive and after your death, you will relieve your family and friends from guessing what you really would have wanted. A living will points out, legally, whether you want to be kept alive on a machine, when you are brain-dead. A funeral plan will inform people whether you wish to be cremated or buried, take part in a religious or nonreligious funeral; prefer to be buried in a carefully planned woodland area or have your ashes scattered at sea. The video is not necessarily easy watching, but it does make you think about the decisions that people make and how close they might be to what people really...

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5 tasks to complete late in life

Forbes, an American business magazine, has used an article to suggest that people should have four main plans as they approach their last few years on this earth. They carefully detail the reasons why these four plans are vital to your latter years. Write your will Complete a Living Will Stop holding a grudge Compile a bucket list …….. Pre-Paid Funeral Plan These sensible suggestions can be applied to anyone, at almost any age. We can deal with the first two for you, writing your Last Will and Testament and your Living Will, also known as an advance directive, but you’ll need to write your own lists for the latter two tasks. There should be a fifth task on the list, that of purchasing a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan. By paying in advance you will know how much money you have left to complete your bucket list. Your family will have peace of mind in knowing that your wishes can be carried out exactly and they will understand that your were financially astute to buy at today’s prices to ensure that inflation doesn’t wreck the funds and property you intend to leave to friends, family and charities. Bucket List!...

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The Mail on Sunday Agrees With Us About Living Wills

Today, the Mail on Sunday has printed an article about the reasons why almost everyone should have a Living Will written so that individuals can dictate their wishes when they become incapable of making health decisions – perhaps when you’re in a coma or will be severely brain damaged when you do wake up after an illness or an accident. A Living Will (also known as an Advance Directive) allows you to name a healthcare proxy; someone who will be able to inform doctors about your wishes and gives medical professionals information about when you wouldn’t wish to receive life continuing treatment. Here’s the newspaper link Or you can copy and paste this link:...

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