Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, sadly passed away in August and did so without leaving a Will. This might come as a surprise to many given her superstar status and assets worth an estimated £62.3 million. Without a Will in place, local law is dictating how her estate is being divided, rather than this being her own choice. This is further complicated because one of her sons has special needs that require financial and medical support for the rest of his life. The process of administering her estate could take years to resolve because of this lack of clear division and potential claims to the inheritance, and will likely play out in public.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has proposed introducing longer tenancies for private renters. If the plan, which was tabled in July this year, is put into action it would mean landlords and tenants may have to commit to a minimum three-year residential tenancy term in place of the current six to 12 month tenancy agreements. This, in my opinion, creates repercussions for everyone involved.
I am currently reading a book called, Women who run with Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It’s all about the Wild Woman inside of every woman and the constraints and restrictions placed upon women in modern society (and throughout history – burning witches spring to mind!). The wild woman is all about female strength, instinct, her role as life giver, healthy, passionate and wise.
Tini Owens wanted to divorce her husband of 40 years, Hugh Owens, 6 years ago, although she first petitioned for divorce in 2015. She said that he treated her like a child, criticised her in public and was moody. The couple have lived separately since 2015. Yet despite Mrs Owens’s clear view that her marriage had broken down, the Supreme Court ruled this week that she would have to stay married to her husband until 2020.