Make 'Home Made' wills illegal, following loss of Mental Capacity to protect the elderly.

Make 'Home Made' wills illegal, following loss of Mental Capacity to protect the elderly.

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SALLY BURDEN started this petition to david gauke

When mental capacity has been lost, our vulnerable elderly population are becoming victims of inheritance hijacking, as Homemade wills can easily be fraudulently produced at home, and are accepted as legal, even though an official Will may exist.

This wicked form of financial abuse allows relatives  to manipulate the system for financial gain. 

When an elderly person has been deemed to have lost mental capacity by a medical professional, irrespective of the level of loss, Homemade wills should not be accepted as legal. Intestate' should be applied or referral to a previous legal will made by the potential victim whilst they had mental capacity.

I started this petition because…
In 2013 my mother made a legal will believing this would safeguard her inheritance wishes. In 2015 at the age of 92 she had a stroke and there was documented loss of physical and mental capacity. After five months in Hospital, my mother was hospitalised within their home, and within just one month, a Homemade will was produced without knowledge of other family members, and Inheritance Hijacking took place, that changed mums wishes completely. I believe that my mother was put under intense pressure, in a feeble condition, and she died within a few months. At the same time the Home made will was being produced an Application for Power of Attorney had been denied based on the lack of mental capacity. Despite advanced warnings to appropriate bodies, before my mother died,nothing was done, but it was acknowledged by those that deal with Adult abuse, that these Homemade wills should not exist. A clause had been added to the homemade will which ensured anyone who challenged the will would receive nothing.

Hence I speak now for any vulnerable elderly person who's 'last will and testament' would become  completely worthless, when a financial predator waits for loss of capacity and seizes the opportunity to produce a homemade will. Unless Homemade wills are made illegal following confirmation of any loss of Mental capacity, this could be your elderly parent...or even yourself one day.

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