For most ordinary folk (me included) the cash value of their personal belongings ('chattels') is modest and will form but a tiny part of the overall value of an estate on death. But the sentimental value of specific items to individual family members, and the legal fees they might be prepared to spend haggling over who gets what, can be massive and wholly disproportionate.
As the summer holiday season approaches, those of you lucky enough to have property abroad may be preparing to decamp to your rural idylls in Tuscany, Provence or Southern Spain. Football fans aside I’m also told Croatia is an increasingly popular holiday home destination?
Financial abuse of the elderly is a shame on our nation. That the abuser is often the elderly person’s own offspring, acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), is disturbing. And let’s not mince words; we’re talking about children stealing their parents’ money.