Avoiding Estate Disputes
Written by Sir Robert Francis QC for the Solicitors Journal.
It has recently been reported that an estimated 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. With an ever-increasing life expectancy, this figure is expected to rise to over one million in the UK by 2025 and keep going. On a global scale, by 2050 it is predicted that over 150 million people will have dementia. It can affect the middle-aged as well as the more elderly. There were over 24,000 people aged between 60 and 69 reported as having the condition in England this year.
So what does dementia mean for the legal community, and in particular those advising on wills, probate, and trust affairs?
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