Private Client News

Vulnerable Woman’s Will OverturnedAugust 19, 2013

A recent case concerned the estate of a woman who died in 2008 aged 98. One of her sons had lived with her during the...

Challenge to Gift in Contemplation of Death FailsJuly 30, 2013

When a person expects to die, their thoughts often turn to those who have helped them most in life. In such circumstances, it is by...

Grieving Widow’s Will Declared InvalidJuly 16, 2013

An 80-year-old woman’s will has been declared invalid by the High Court on the ground that she was suffering a grief reaction following the deaths...

Attorney Control Absolute, Rules JudgeJuly 5, 2013

When someone is appointed under a power of attorney, their obligations can be onerous enough without the person who appointed them (the donor) trying to...

Will Challenge FailsJune 21, 2013

If you sign a will that is incorrectly drafted, you may think it would be a simple matter for the will to be amended after...

Estate Agent Abused Power of AttorneyJune 6, 2013

The dangers of giving a power of attorney to the wrong person have yet again come into focus following the conviction of a Birmingham estate...

Professionally Drafted Will Thrown Out by Court of AppealMay 24, 2013

A legal battle which led to a six-day trial resulted in the Court of Appeal declaring that a will was invalid, even though it had...

Court Rejects Will Made Under Undue InfluenceMay 2, 2013

When an elderly and ill woman was put under continual pressure by her brother-in-law to change her will in favour of his children, whom she...

Will Invalid After Court Rules Witness Unlikely to ForgetApril 19, 2013

For a will to be valid, one of the conditions imposed by the Wills Act 1837 is that two witnesses must attest the will by...

How to Take Care of Your Pets After Your DeathApril 8, 2013

Many people will have read the recent reports of a 67-year-old lady, Marlene Howes, who was prosecuted for allegedly fraudulently claiming pension tax credits and...