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It is satisfying to be able to help grandchildren with university fees or housing deposits, but you must get your estate in order first...More
For people wishing to retain some control beyond their incapacity, the LPA is still the right choice, but in conjunction with some...More
New proposals which would make the lasting power of attorney (LPA) registration process completely digital could put thousands of elderly...More
The UK is becoming more generous in its charitable giving, Nicola Waldman explains why bequeathing money to charity in your will can...More
A death plan allows you to relieve the burden of decision making from the shoulders of those you love and creates the opportunity for a peaceful end of life. More
Mary Jordan explains the first steps that should be taken after receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. More
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Creating transparency through education about death, dying and the normalisation of mortality can help bridge generational gaps and help...More
Ellen Finn argues that the discovery of an ancient skeleton in Pompeii should prompt us to reflect on our modern attitudes to death,...More
Naomi Richards, Lecturer in Social Science (End of Life Studies) at the University of Glasgow considers the ethical dilemmas at the...More
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Robert Webb, associate at Roythornes Solicitors, highlights steps that can be taken to reduce your IHT liability in a straight forward...More
Kate Woodthorpe says disorganised or under-resourced end of life care, lack of support for families and issues with funeral costs should...More
Assisted dying can be a divisive and polarising subject. But there is one aspect on which most people probably agree – the need to...More
Pam Craige, a 60-year-old project coordinator from Cheshire, lost her husband Bill to heart failure in August 2013. Pam was one of more...More
An innovative new publication from Compassion in Dying uses the authentic voices of dying people to empower others to make informed...More
Robert John Young looks at increasing awareness of and demand for green or eco funerals - including re-usable plots and a carbon neutral...More
Landmark ruling means legal permission no longer needed to withdraw life support for patients with life-limiting conditions. More
FSCS protects consumers when financial services firms fail but is unable to safeguard consumer interests in the prepaid funerals market. More
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Writing a death plan
A death plan allows you to relieve the burden of decision making from the shoulders of those you love and creates the opportunity for a peaceful end of life.