Fraud is becoming an increasingly significant issue and is now one of the most commonly experienced crimes in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics’ crime survey, there was an estimated 3.3 million cases of fraud in the year ending June 2018. This high figure captures a broad range of fraud offences, including lower-harm cases. But fraud can have very significant impacts, particularly as the value of the scam increases. Property fraud is a real threat that buyers, sellers and solicitors need to be aware of to help ward-off would-be fraudsters.
If, like most of us, you don’t have an autobiography and you’re not planning on releasing your personal memoirs anytime soon, your will is the most detailed document you’ll ever have about your life.
This one, all-encompassing legal document captures what should happen to your life’s earnings, accumulated assets, the family home, your sentimental possessions, how your beloved pet corgi or fish that refuses to smile back should be cared for, what your religious preferences are, any last wishes, and what you’d like to happen to your earthly body when you’re gone. Your will is, in effect, your opportunity to have the last say. Whether you’re stubborn or not, that’s a protection we should all want.