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More than half of divorced Brits fail to update personal finances

Sixty per cent of divorced Brits who are currently in new relationships have failed to update their personal finances since their marriage to their former spouse, according to new research from Direct Life Line Insurance. This includes the beneficiaries of their pension, health and life insurance, money in trust, and their will.

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What rights do cohabitants have to a partner's intestate estate?

Our most recent blog looked at the topic of intestacy rights for surviving spouses and civil partnerships which has been opened for public view in the latest consultation. The Scottish Government also asked whether current laws were up to date with Scotland’s typical family life and whether the rights of cohabitants and stepchildren are representative of Scotland today. We have set out a quick guide to your rights under current legislation.

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Laws of intestacy could be changing in Scotland - but what is the current process?

The Scottish Government opened a consultation on the 17th February, asking the public how the laws surrounding succession could be fairer and more representative of 21st century Scotland. The consultation focuses on two key ideas – intestacy rules for surviving spouses/civil partners, and cohabitation rights.

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Cutting someone out of your will

Writing a will is not always just about who you want to leave your estate to, but also who you wish to cut out. Being clear in your will about who is entitled to what assets will reduce the chances that your wishes will be disputed.

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Millions of parents transfer assets to children in bid to reduce inheritance tax

New statistics have revealed that 20% of parents in the UK have gifted assets to their children to mitigate inheritance tax.

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