Private Client News

Couple Jailed for Misappropriation of Elderly Woman’s AssetsFebruary 10, 2014

The wisdom of having professional oversight of attorney arrangements has yet again been made clear following the conviction of a Teesside couple for defrauding the...

Supreme Court Upholds Will Signed in ErrorJanuary 24, 2014

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has rectified the will of a man who signed his wife's will by mistake. Alfred and Maureen Rawlings made...

Avoiding Will DisputesJanuary 10, 2014

It is common for couples to make what are called ‘mirror wills’ – in which both wills contain essentially the same clauses. These wills are...

Unhappy Beneficiary Counts CostDecember 30, 2013

When a beneficiary initiated ‘considerable efforts’ to check up on the activities of the executor of a deceased woman’s estate, the decision to investigate the...

Mental Capacity is Task SpecificDecember 16, 2013

The law relating to mental capacity (the legal term for soundness of mind) does not stipulate that a person has to be ‘capable’ or ‘incapable’...

County Council Wrests Control of Dementia Sufferer’s EstateDecember 4, 2013

When a person loses their ability to function intellectually, dealing with their affairs can be extremely difficult unless there is a power of attorney in...

Intestacy Law Shake-Up Ahead as Bill Enters LordsNovember 19, 2013

Following an extensive consultation, the Government has introduced the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill into the House of Lords. The Bill aims to reform the laws...

Heir Hunters Convicted of FraudNovember 7, 2013

When ‘heir hunters’ approached three family members with the unexpected news that they stood to inherit money from a person who died without leaving a...

Will Clarity Means Grandchildren Denied InheritanceOctober 23, 2013

When the wording of a will is clear, the likelihood of a successful challenge is much reduced. A recent dispute over a woman’s will illustrates...

High Court Upholds Deathbed Will ChangeOctober 7, 2013

When a terminally ill man changed his will by codicil shortly before he died, in order to provide for the woman he had been living...