Today's news contains the story that comedian Bob Mortimer got married one hour before heart surgery.

In a press conference to re-launch a tour with the other member of the Vic and Bob comedy duo, Vic Reeves, which was postponed in October 2015 due to the need for the surgery, Mortimer said:-

"I found out I needed heart surgery on the Thursday, so I made a will on the Friday."

Striking words which underlined the seriousness and pace of the situation.

As well as being a comedy genius to many, Mortimer starkly highlights the benefits of making a will and also of making a will in a perhaps less rushed settingthan facing impending heart surgery.

Our "new year resolutions" blog mentions a few topics that are worth dealing with early to make sure all is in place in case the unexpected and not so pleasant happens. It also means these important steps are put in place in a more "relaxed" mannerand in a more considered and strategic way.And once all done the completed documents can be safely "put away in the drawer" in the knowledge that loved ones will be properlyprotected and looked after.

Additionally, in the case of a performer and artist such as Mortimer there is also the protection of artistic legacy as well as financial and estate planning matters. Post-death control and use of artistic work can be important, valuable and highly emotional. A will can ensure that legacy is protected and controlled properly. We have discussed this further in our arts & culture sector updates.

Of course, many will be aware of the perhaps ironic twist here- prior to comedy, Mortimer was a solicitor.

For more on wills, succession, executries, trusts, estate planning or inheritance tax please contact your usual Brodies contact or any of the partners in our Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Band 1 rated private client team:-

Alan Barr- 0131 656 0103 or [email protected]

Susanne Beveridge- 0131 656 0218 or [email protected]

Mark Stewart- 01224 392 282 or [email protected]

Norman Kennedy- 0141 245 6265 or [email protected]