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Peace of Mind with an Advance Medical Directive

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The COVID-19 pandemic has focussed thoughts on the possibility that either you or a family member might end up in hospital. It is possible to plan ahead for such an unfortunate event and record your decisions regarding medical treatment you would wish to refuse in certain situations in a document called an Advance Medical Directive (also known as a Living Will). Whereas most people are aware of the importance of putting in place a Will and a Power of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives are less well-known and can often be an invaluable document for your loved ones at a difficult time.

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Should I update my Will?

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There are many circumstances in which you may wish or need to update your Will. However, drafting an entirely new Will is not always necessary. In this post, we look at the different circumstances where you may need to redraft your Will or add a supplementary document to amend your Will, known as a ‘codicil’. 

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Scotland’s System of Legal Rights

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The law of Scotland provides that your spouse and children will automatically benefit from your estate, regardless of whether or not you left a Will. This is due to the system of Legal Rights, which is unique to Scotland in the UK.

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Five Facts About Testamentary Capacity in Scotland

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When advising on and drafting a Will, a Solicitor must ensure that the Testator (the person making the Will) has full capacity to make the decisions featured in the document.  Failure to do so can leave the Will open to challenge by disgruntled beneficiaries or those who believed they should have benefited from the Will.

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Changes to Scottish Succession Law

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As we wrote in our articles of 26 November 2018 and 20 March 2019, the Scottish Government intends to update the rules on what should happen if someone dies intestate (without a Will), in an attempt to fairly reflect a diverse and modern society.

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