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In the Winter of 2015, I received the shocking news that a dear friend had suffered a stroke. This was a huge shock as she was in her late 30s and healthy and having a stroke was not something that I had associated with younger people before.
On Tuesday 16th February, the documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ was aired in the UK. The documentary has sparked much debate about why Britney Spears’ father has control over her finances and there is currently a #FreeBritney movement started by members of the public who are concerned for Britney’s welfare and are questioning why she has no control over her own spending and financial affairs.
A survey commissioned by the Law Society has found that 93% of those who have made a Will, have not included any digital assets within it. They have further quoted that just a quarter of the 1,000 people asked, knew what would happen to their digital assets after they die – with only 7% saying that they fully understand.
The Law Society has reported a ‘striking shift’ in the number of people making or updating wills since the beginning of the pandemic – although the ‘overwhelming majority’ of people are yet to put their legal affairs in order.
The following guide has been written to help you prioritise the next steps that need to be taken when a loved one dies, including recent changes in procedure during the Coronavirus Pandemic and will answer some of the questions that we are being asked by our clients most often.
We have put together this guide which we hope will answer some of your questions about putting your legal affairs in order during this difficult time.
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