Private Client News

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...

Care Defeats Will ChallengeMarch 22, 2013

When an elderly woman left a will that excluded one of her sons, who had been charged with (but not convicted of) several counts of...

Unexpected Debt Causes Shock for ExecutorMarch 8, 2013

When an executor becomes responsible for administering the estate of a person who has died, he or she is required to gather in the assets...

Family Feud Fails to Dislodge BargainFebruary 22, 2013

When an academic who had retired to Cornwall bequeathed the bulk of his estate to charity, the will was opposed by his nephew. The man, a...