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SOME elderly Alicante province residents consulted lawyers during lockdown, intending to change their wills. 

The 86,000 people who are over 65 and live alone in this province had to pass lockdown and much of the subsequent State of Alarm de-escalation without company. 

Sometimes family visits were impossible owing to distance and travel restrictions, but according to legal professionals quoted in the local Spanish media, there were many cases when families simply did nothing to help. 

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These are the cases many elderly clients contacted lawyers during lockdown and shortly afterwards, asking for information on disinheriting their children.  

In the Valencian Community it is impossible to completely disinherit a child, and a third of the deceased’s assets must by law go to their descendants. 

It is the remainder that some disgruntled parents or grandparents wish to distribute differently, sources said, out of gratitude to neighbours or even associations who did more for them during lockdown. 


Nor is the situation limited to the Valencian Community has occurred  throughout Spain, the same sources said. 

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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