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Writing Wills and Nursing Homes

Writing a will can be a stressful process. Convincing a loved one of the need to write a

will can be even more difficult. But it's important. If Covid-19 has demonstrated

anything, it is the randomness of life. We can’t prevent that randomness, but we can

prepare.

Especially for seniors in elder care, it is important to have a will. By the time you know

you need one, your loved one may have passed away, or be considered unable to

consent to the writing of a will.

Currently, per UK law, there is a provision for people who pass away without wills. If

someone dies without a will their assets will be split evenly between their spouse and

children. Still, this opens up all sorts of legal complexity: what if you are a long-term

partner but aren’t married? What if your children are born out of wedlock?

The time after a loved one’s death—when all we want to do is grieve—is the worst time

to be handling these legal issues. Talk to your loved ones now about writing a will.

And ratifying a will is now easier than ever. With the advent of Covid-19 will signing can

be witnessed over an online call. If you or a loved one are worried about Covid-19, or

there are restrictions about visits to nursing homes and hospitals, and cannot meet in-

person, there are still options.

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