Private Client News

How to Avoid a Row Over the Family PhotosJuly 6, 2012

Disputed wills and estates are far from rare and it is often the least valuable assets in an estate that give rise to the bitterest...

Court Takes Commonsense View in Will CaseJune 22, 2012

The courts are loath to ‘infer’ provisions into any sort of document, let alone one as final as a will, unless there is a compelling...

Composer’s Family Loses Will ChallengeJune 8, 2012

When Oscar-winning composer Sir Malcolm Arnold died in 2006, aged 84, he left a will bequeathing his house, his car, his valuable manuscripts and a...

Court Agrees ‘Too Much, Too Soon’ PleaMay 14, 2012

Having too much, too soon has been the cause of the ruin of many a life. Worried that this might be the fate awaiting her...

Assisted Signature Case Decided by Court of AppealMay 2, 2012

A case recently heard by the Court of Appeal illustrates that long-running litigation can result when a will is home made. The decision also contains...

Scots Change Intestacy LawApril 20, 2012

The laws of intestacy that apply in Scotland are not the same as those in England and Wales. However, following recent changes to the laws...

Executors Pay Price for IntransigenceApril 5, 2012

A battle over a relatively modest estate of less than £150,000 shows the sense of achieving a negotiated settlement where possible rather than resorting to...

Settlement Does Not Prevent Will ChallengeMarch 23, 2012

When a dependant of a deceased person is unexpectedly not provided for under the will, the normal course of action is to bring a claim...

Failure to Comply With Procedure Invalidates WillMarch 8, 2012

One of the basic rules for creating a valid will is that it must be signed by the testator and the signature must be witnessed...

Sisters Lose Battle Over Father’s EstateFebruary 23, 2012

Three sisters who challenged their late father’s will have lost their battle at the High Court. The will was made the day George Wharton, who was...