Exploring your family history is an increasingly popular hobby in the UK. 
 
You can search for your ancestors on many different databases online from the comfort of your own home. 
 
Many people are fascinated by their family’s origins. You might find you’re descended from an historic figure or a rogue, but it’s quite exciting to know more. You might even find connections in other parts of the world. 
Just like a tree growing in a forest your family tree has important roots in the past for inheritance purposes.
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. 
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