Private Client News

Will Alteration Error Leads to Court AppearanceSeptember 15, 2014

When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the...

Informal Arrangements Land Woman With Massive Costs BillSeptember 3, 2014

A woman who sold her mother's house in order to buy her a more suitable home has been left with a large legal costs bill...

88th Birthday Will Valid, Rules Court of AppealAugust 14, 2014

A mother who decided to change her will at a birthday party attended by all her children except the one disadvantaged by the change had...

Judge Calls Halt to Fifty-Year Inheritance SagaAugust 7, 2014

An 'extraordinary saga' that began in a seaside hotel more than 50 years ago – and ended with a bitter dispute between elderly ladies over...

Will Drafting Error Creates Trust With No AssetsJuly 24, 2014

For people with substantial estates, the concern that the next generation might not deal wisely with a large inheritance is a common one. When the owner...

Wayward Son Stripped of Power of AttorneyJuly 17, 2014

It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing...

Not Registered to Vote Means Bequest InvalidJuly 7, 2014

When a Spanish resident made his will, having arranged his affairs so as to avoid the compulsory inheritance laws that apply in Spain, he intended...

Abuse of Power of Attorney Leads to CancellationJune 23, 2014

Cases involving the misuse of powers of attorney are turning up frequently in the courts and illustrate the wisdom of making sure that any person...

Council’s Care Fees House Grab Attempt Stymied by CourtJune 9, 2014

The fear that the local council will force the sale of the family home is a real one for many elderly people and their families. Recently,...

Is Grief Enough to Sustain a Challenge to a Will?May 27, 2014

When a man's wife died, his decision to execute a new will less than a month later led to a legal challenge. Two earlier wills had...