Private Client News

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...

Court Rectifies Conveyance Executed by AttorneySeptember 23, 2013

When a widow gave a power of attorney to her solicitor in 1985, she also executed a conveyance over the property in which she lived...

Gifts Not Part of Estate, Rules CourtSeptember 2, 2013

An assertion that cash gifts of £100,000 each to his two daughters should be considered to be part of a deceased man’s estate was given...

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...