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Woman Who Assisted Husband's Suicide Can Inherit Estate

The law in the UK is not supportive of people who assist, however unwillingly, those they love who...

Lost Will Means Court Hearing in Family Dispute

The impossibility of asking a deceased person what their real intentions were makes the value of...

Fake Will Admission May Lead to Criminal Charges

When your spouse's lack of attention to making a will causes issues, faking one is definitely not...

Attorney Allowed to Take Over as Executor

It is commonplace for people to appoint siblings or friends as their executors. When they do and...

Disinheriting Relatives Can Be a Recipe for Discord

You may have good reasons for writing close relatives out of your will but, as any lawyer will...

Son Who Did Not Do Enough Excluded From Farm Inheritance

When parents changed their wills to exclude their son from inheriting their £1 million farm...

Court Visit Required to Give Clarity to Will

Many wills contain clauses which alter the distribution of assets in the event of changing...

Transfer of Pension Fund Does Not Escape IHT Charge

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is not only payable on the value of the estate of a deceased person, but can...

Probate Charges to be Increased for Larger Estates

Proposals to link the cost of being granted probate over an estate valued at more than...

Lack of Will Leads to Family Dispute in Court

When a man's first wife died, he inherited her share of the property they had owned jointly. At...

Leaving Your ISA to Your Family

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) have many advantages over normal savings accounts –...

Keep Your Records Safe

The High Court of Justice is a very expensive place to resolve a family dispute, as is evidenced...

Court Accepts £6 Million Distribution to Attorney

When a person's affairs are being managed by someone else under a lasting power of attorney (LPA),...

Law Overrides Will That Excludes Partner

The law that allows someone who was dependent on a deceased person during their lifetime to make a...

Can a Will Be Valid if You Can't Read it?

One of the requirements for a will to be accepted as valid is that the person who makes it must...

Farmer Acts to Protect Family Promise

Farming families appear regularly in the courts these days, as more and more cases arise that...

Disappointed Children Fail to Overturn Will

When a will is made late in life which materially changes how an estate is to be distributed...

Witnesses Save the Day for Widow in Will Argument

A divorced man who remarried in his late 50s made a new will in 1998, one year after the marriage,...

Will Wishes Rescinded by Court

One powerful reason why you should always seek legal advice before making your will is to ensure...

Trust Variation for Minors - High Court Holds Sway

Setting up family trusts with minors or those with mental incapacities as beneficiaries is by no...

High Street Store Will Invalid, Rules Court

The dangers inherent in adopting a casual approach to one's will were starkly illustrated in a...

Psychiatrist Approves Marriage for Alzheimer's Patient

Remarriages are a common source of disagreement and acrimony among family members and dementia is...

Mistaken Belief Overturns Estate Split Agreement

When the male partner of a cohabiting couple died, apparently without leaving a will, after they...

Reasonable Provision May Not Mean What You Think

When a person is excluded from the will of someone on whom they were 'dependent', the Inheritance...

Placing Trust in a Family Member Proves Unwise (Again)

Even the most apparently trustworthy people can sometimes turn out to be anything but and that is...

Casting Aspersions to Change Inheritance Proves Unsuccessful

Wills made or varied just before death are a frequent source of dispute and court appearances, and...

Informal Wills on the Way?

We have written on numerous occasions of the danger of either failing to leave a will or of not...
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