Bob Marley famously sang: "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing's gonna be ok" (Three Little Birds)

Jamaican singer-songwriter, Bob Marley, had 6 children by different ‘baby mothers’ and 3 by his wife, Rita. Despite the singer’s battle with cancer, knowing it was terminal, he did not make a Will. Why not? He left an estimated $30 million, and on-going royalties and dozens of claimants. The squabbles began over his estate at his state funeral which was attended by 30,000 people.

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If you need any medical or social care, and you have good mental capacity to understand and make decisions, you will be able to accept or refuse treatment. However, if you no longer have mental capacity, ie., you have dementia or are unconscious, you probably assume that your loved ones, your next of kin, make these decisions for you? In fact, that’s not the case. It’s the doctors and social services who decide for you, unless you have set up in advance, a document to legally name someone else to make decisions on your behalf, such as a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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I’m sure you heard of the recent deaths of high profile figures – Terry Wogan, Frank Finlay, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. There are also many other people who die every day, and this has a huge impact on their family and friends, even if it doesn’t make the headlines. But what happens next?

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We are several weeks into the 2016 now, so how are you getting on with your New Year's resolutions?
 
One of the top 10 New Year's Resolutions is to get more organised with things like sorting out our finances. This includes making your Will, which is just all about finances. January is a great time to get around to doing things you've been putting off, like making a Will, or a Lasting Power of Attorney, or sorting out Probate.  The good news is that it could be the easiest New Year's resolution that you actually stick to. I can help you get it done.

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The start of the year is the most popular time for couples separating. It's probably the stress of Christmas and spending lots of time with the family!

So, if you or anyone you know is separating or going through a divorce, have you thought about what happens to your Will, and what will pass on to your children or preferred beneficiaries? 

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Jenny Fothergill t/a APS Legal & Associates. 62 Molescroft Park, Beverley HU17 7HY
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