Private Client News

Managing the Affairs of Missing People Law PassedJuly 20, 2017

With the general election hogging the headlines, the passing of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, went...

Car Bonnet Will is Valid, Rules CourtJuly 6, 2017

There are a number of requirements that must be met for a will to be valid and one of these is that the signing of...

Power of Attorney Fees FallJune 19, 2017

With the recent furore over the Government's proposed increase in the cost of obtaining probate on larger estates, currently on ice owing to lack of...

Cocktail of Drugs Not Sufficient to Overturn WillJune 4, 2017

Disputes about the validity of wills frequently centre on allegations that the deceased lacked 'mental capacity' when they created a will. In a recent case, the...

Assets of Elderly Are Target of WrongdoersMay 14, 2017

Where there is money, there is opportunity for wrongdoing and a steady stream of cases show that vigilance is needed to prevent the assets of...

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...