Campaigner, Esther Rantzen, continues to raise important matters even as she deals with her own health issues. 
 
She inspired a debate in the Houses of Parliament about medical assistance for people at the end of their life. The debate was in response to a petition signed by over 200,000 people. 
supporting someone at the end of their life is much easier if they have use their wishes known in a living Will.
The probate process takes a long time after you've laid flowers on a loved one's gravestone.
Concerns continue about probate application delays. The government says it has put measures in place to speed up the probate process
 
Despite the government’s target to complete probate applications within 16 weeks, delays mean it can still take up to a year. 
The Spring Budget announced to the uK parliament didn't include amendments to IHT
There were a lot of rumours ahead of the Spring Budget on 6th March about changes to inheritance tax (IHT)
 
Action was expected to make sure policy was clear ahead of the General Election later this year. 
 
However, nothing was mentioned, leaving the government’s position unspecified despite other tax changes such as National Insurance Contributions (NICs). There were also changes to Child Benefit and VAT registration. 
It’s reassuring to know someone will carry out your wishes if you can’t make important decisions for yourself. 
 
Advances in technology and medicine mean we can look forward to longer and healthier lives. However, many of us know that, as we grow older, we should put plans in place. 
 
If not for our own sake, it will give our friends and family peace of mind. 
 
You can appoint a close relative to be your attorney.
More people are leaving donations to charities in their Wills
Donations to charity have increased by over 40% in the last decade according to recent figures from Remember A Charity
 
Even with cost of living increases, eight out of 10 said they were likely to leave a charitable legacy. Twice as many people said they were more likely to give than last year. Almost a third of UK donors aged over 40 say they have or intend to include a gift to charity in their Will. 
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are important if you’re ever in a position where you can’t make decisions for yourself. They allow you to choose people you trust to make decisions about your finances and care on your behalf. 
 
LPAs are a good idea for people of all ages, not just the elderly. However, the process is currently paper-based and slow. 
The government at Westminster has approved a new Act for Lasting Powers of Attorney.
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