Private Client News

Wayward Son Stripped of Power of AttorneyJuly 17, 2014

It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing...

Not Registered to Vote Means Bequest InvalidJuly 7, 2014

When a Spanish resident made his will, having arranged his affairs so as to avoid the compulsory inheritance laws that apply in Spain, he intended...

Abuse of Power of Attorney Leads to CancellationJune 23, 2014

Cases involving the misuse of powers of attorney are turning up frequently in the courts and illustrate the wisdom of making sure that any person...

Council’s Care Fees House Grab Attempt Stymied by CourtJune 9, 2014

The fear that the local council will force the sale of the family home is a real one for many elderly people and their families. Recently,...

Is Grief Enough to Sustain a Challenge to a Will?May 27, 2014

When a man's wife died, his decision to execute a new will less than a month later led to a legal challenge. Two earlier wills had...

Signature On Will Was a Clever Forgery, Rules CourtMay 16, 2014

In resolving a bitter family dispute, the High Court had no hesitation in finding that the signature on a woman's purported last will was a...

Schizophrenic’s Will Upheld By CourtMay 8, 2014

A recent decision shows that the courts place a heavy burden of proof on those who claim that a will should be invalidated because the...

Deadlock Forces Sale When Family Inherits BusinessApril 22, 2014

When a family business is handed down and ownership is split between two or more members of the next generation, the result can all too...

Court Hearing Required to Resolve Bequest DisputeApril 9, 2014

When an estate is being administered, the administrator must meet any specific bequests in the will before distributing the remainder (the ‘residue’ in legal parlance)...

Joint Accounts and Mental CapacityMarch 21, 2014

If you are concerned about the future mental capacity of a relative or any other person with whom you have a joint bank account, it...