How To Accidentally Leave Your Estate To Your Ex

How To Accidentally Leave Your Estate To Your Ex

Former Culture Secretary Dame Tessa Jowell left almost £1.6 million in her will to her husband. Dame Tessa’s entire estate was left to lawyer David Mills, from whom she separated for several years after he was caught up in a corruption scandal involving the former...
Is A Text Message a Valid Will?

Is A Text Message a Valid Will?

Is a text message a valid will? The answer is: it depends. Some jurisdictions will accept a text message as a will, while others won’t. But the true moral of these stories is that your estate planning should always be more thorough than a text message. In...
Is Sperm Considered Property?

Is Sperm Considered Property?

A recent Supreme Court case has highlighted a tricky question: can sperm be considered ‘property’? How can you plan for the premature death of your partner if you’d always planned to have children? The Case Ayla Cresswell and Joshua Davies were in a relationship when...
Give It Back! Why Elder Financial Abuse Is A Crime

Give It Back! Why Elder Financial Abuse Is A Crime

Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in loss or harm to an older person. The most common kind of elder abuse is financial abuse, where older people are unduly influenced, deceived or exploited out of their assets – and the most common kind of...
Should Australia Have An Inheritance Tax?

Should Australia Have An Inheritance Tax?

Australia is one of the few OECD countries to not charge an inheritance tax. But should it be considered as a legitimate way to raise revenue and redistribute wealth? In the UK, English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth died at age 89, leaving his entire $20 million fortune...
Elder Financial Abuse Continues to Rise

Elder Financial Abuse Continues to Rise

Elder financial abuse continues to rise across most Western countries, including Australia, the UK and the United States. In the UK, more than 1,000 investigations into power of attorney arrangements were launched in the last financial year alone. These investigations...