Private Client News

Accountant Forged Mother’s $50 Million WillMay 1, 2017

Will disputes can be extremely bitter and the kind of skulduggery depicted in fiction sadly sometimes reflects reality. In one case, the High Court found...

Probate Charges Increase Likely to Be DelayedApril 25, 2017

The Government has acknowledged that the upcoming general election makes it unlikely that probate fees will increase significantly in May as planned, as there will...

Problems for Family Unaddressed as People Still Shun WillsApril 12, 2017

The latest research from National Savings and Investments shows that a staggering 64 per cent of adults in the UK have not made a will,...

Solicitor Evidence Crucial in Proving Will ValidMarch 30, 2017

A recent case shows the importance of involving a solicitor in the preparation of a will, especially where it is considered that an attempt to...

Massive Increases in Probate Charges on Large Estates on the WayMarch 17, 2017

Probate fees, which rose sharply only three years ago, are about to rise again. Under the present scheme an application for probate by an individual costs...

Supreme Court Overturns Daughter’s Will Claim AwardMarch 16, 2017

A surprising Court of Appeal decision that a daughter was a 'dependant' of her estranged mother and thus entitled to benefit from her estate has...

Attorney Who Forged Will to Accelerate Inheritance Given Jail TermMarch 13, 2017

When an elderly man died owning both a house and a half share in an attached property with his sister, whose financial affairs were already...

Changes in Trustees – Who Appoints New Trustees?February 24, 2017

Trusts are relatively common and the death of a trustee is by no means rare. A trust deed normally contains a clause stipulating how new...

Court Rejects Unprovable Claim of Property GiftFebruary 8, 2017

Arguments over the division of estates are unfortunately common where the value of the assets they contain is substantial, especially if family relationships are fractious....

Survivorship Clause Leads to Double Benefit for BeneficiariesJanuary 26, 2017

There is an established legal principle that where people have wills benefiting each other (as is normal with the wills of a husband and wife)...