Hitting our screens in 1973, Live and Let Die is remembered as one of the best loved Bond films, and boasted an all-star lineup. Alongside Jane Seymour as Solitaire, Bernard Lee playing M and a soundtrack written by members of the Beatles, you’d think it would be difficult to deliver a memorable performance – yet one particular actor seemed to manage it.
Sadly passing away on the 23 May 2017, Sir Roger Moore was famous for being the longest serving Bond in the whole history of 007, stepping into the iconic role for seven films in total.
Off screen, he was well known for his charity and humanitarian work, which he considered his ‘greatest achievement’. After taking on the role of a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, Moore’s efforts were recognised in 2003 when he received a knighthood……
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Every year around 4,000 Brits die abroad, according to figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Most deaths happen in Spain – 856 in 2013-14 – but, taking into account the large British population there, the country that’s actually seen as riskiest for travellers is the Philippines. Here’s what you need to know, should the worst happen…
Losing a loved one on holiday is surely one of the most devastating situations imaginable. Presumably he or she was fit enough to travel, so the death is unexpected, and then there are all the complications and confusions that come with dealing with the legalities of the situation in a foreign language. Add to that the sense of being alone, far away from family and friends while struggling with grief and – well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. But, in the event tragedy does strike and your holiday companion passes away, there are people at hand to offer support.
Not only will the British Consulate, Embassy or High Commission nearest to your holiday destination ask the UK police to inform family back home of what’s happened, they will also liaise with local authorities on your behalf. Those authorities may demand an inquest, which can be carried out without your permission, so having the support of consular staff at this time is vital. To find out the location of the closest consulate is (always worth knowing anyway) log on to www.gov.uk/fco
If you’re on a package holiday with a tour operator, inform your rep. They are trained to deal with this situation and speak the local language so lean on them for support and help translating.
Since mid-2015, all deaths abroad must also be registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. This is important – without a death certificate you won’t be able to repatriate your loved one and there will be problems back home when it comes to probate. You need to inform the local births, deaths and marriages office of the situation too – to register a death abroad officials will require the full name, date of birth and passport number of the deceased and also the name of the next of kin. To contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, log on to https://www.gov.uk/register-a-death
Naturally most people whose loved one dies on holiday want to bring them home to be buried or cremated. According to Saga statistics the average insurance claim for repatriation is £3,800 for a burial and £1,700 for a cremation so it’s always worth being covered for this on your policy. Your insurers will also be a great help in arranging the logistics of the repatriation – speaking to a local funeral director and arranging transport for your loved one’s final journey. The documents you’ll require to sort out repatriation are a certified English translation of the foreign death certificate; authorisation to remove the body from the country and a certificate of embalming. Again, the local consulate will advise.
The fact your loved one died abroad shouldn’t affect probate as long as the correct procedures were followed so, when you return home, contact us and we can give you the right advice. (Forms can differ when it comes to valuing the estate if the deceased actually lived overseas – again, we can advise.) It’s also worth speaking to us before you travel about making a will if you haven’t already done so – there’s nothing worse for the family of the deceased than dealing with all the stress of a loved one dying abroad and then having to cope with the fact they died intestate. For free advice on making a will contact us today on <<solicitor or will writer’s details>>.
Melting down over moving home? With the best will in the world, it can be a stressful time. But there’s a golden lining – the experience actually improves your memory, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of New Hampshire.
People move house an average of five times during their lives – and countless polls and studies have shown it’s one of the most stressful human experiences, right up there with divorce. But, according to experts in the U.S, all that stress can have a positive benefit. This comes in the shape of the ‘relocation bump’ that occurs when home movers’ brains are stimulated by their new environment, meaning they recall twice as many experiences around the time of the move as in their normal day-to-day lives.
Although here at [name of company] we make all property transactions as pain-free as possible, we know there’s always some level of stress for our clients,” says [name of person], [job title] at [name of company]. “So this study is really exciting news and shows there are lots of benefits to the house moving process. I just wonder, given that I’ve helped [insert figure] people move home over my [insert amount of time] career in property, how sharp my memory is.”
The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, focused on 1,100 participants aged 65 and over who were each asked to recall five memorable experiences that happened between the ages of 40 and 60 and to describe the emotions around them. In the cases of the 149 people who’d changed homes during that period, 26% of the life experiences they accurately remembered occurred around the time of the move.
The report concluded: “Previous research has focused on the negative effects of relocation but the current findings suggest that transitions could have a positive effect on autobiographical memory.”
The ‘relocation bump’, researchers say, relates the effect to that of people vividly remembering the days of their youth, as every experience is new to them. As someone ages, although most of their experiences are repeated, major life changes like relocating, stir the brain.
“There are many good reasons for moving, but and this is definitely another,” says [name of person]. “If you’re considering buying or selling a property, call us today on [insert contact number] or email us at [insert email address] for a no-fee consultation. We promise, when it comes to taking care of your home move, we won’t forget anything.”