Private Client News

Gift-Giving – Guidance for Attorneys and DeputiesJuly 17, 2016

When a person can no longer manage their own financial affairs, these will be managed either by their attorney (if a power of attorney has...

Making a Will? You Can Make Whatever Bequests You Wish!July 5, 2016

It seems only right that people can do what they want with their own money and can make whatever bequests they wish in their wills....

High Court Puts Right £400,000 IHT BlunderJune 21, 2016

Even the most sensible attempts at tax planning can be undone by changes in the law and achieve the exact opposite of the intended objective....

Court Aids Widow by Correcting Obvious Error in WillJune 8, 2016

Wills are written in a style which many would describe as 'legalese' but, as any lawyer will tell you, absolute precision is the objective. In...

Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Challenge to WillMay 22, 2016

A recent Court of Appeal case shows how important it is to carry out procedures properly in order for a person who clearly has impaired...

Making a Will? Take Legal Advice to Avoid Family ConflictMay 8, 2016

In a case which underlines the reasons why you should always get a solicitor to help you make your will, the opinion of an experienced...

Dangers of Using Amateur Executors ExposedApril 20, 2016

A recent case clearly illustrates the inherent dangers of appointing amateur executors to administer your estate rather than qualified professionals. The executors were dealing with the...

Property Dispute Delays Estate AdministrationApril 3, 2016

Disputes over strips of property are common, and a typical result is that the resolution of the dispute costs many times the value of the...

Overzealous Executor Faces Cost PenaltyMarch 22, 2016

Choosing the wrong executor for your will can create considerable problems, as a recent case shows. A woman had appointed two executors to administer her estate....

Son Who Fleeced His Dementia Sufferer Mum Stripped of Power of AttorneyMarch 9, 2016

Most people would rather have their affairs looked after by a loved one if they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. However, a...