Private Client News

Court Decides ‘Issue’ IssueFebruary 5, 2016

Words are the very stuff of law. Whilst in most instances the legal meaning of a word is the same as its meaning in everyday...

Lack of Proof Stymies Claim Against EstateJanuary 22, 2016

A recent case shows clearly, yet again, how important it is not to rely on oral promises. When a woman gave substantial sums to the man...

Mental Capacity – Importance and AssessmentJanuary 8, 2016

When a person lacks mental capacity, they are unable to create any valid legal agreement – for example to make a valid will. Challenges to...

Failed Will Dispute May Cost Woman Her HomeDecember 24, 2015

A woman who contested the will her father made shortly before he died has been left with a legal bill larger than her inheritance, after...

Can a Family Member Abroad Look After Your Affairs?December 15, 2015

It is becoming increasingly common for older people to need assistance with looking after their day-to-day affairs. Appointing an attorney using a Lasting Power of...

Charity Bequests Hit All-Time HighDecember 4, 2015

The amount of money left to charities in the wills of deceased people reached an all-time high in 2014, totalling more than £2.2 billion. An analysis...

Change of Mind Proves Costly for PensionerNovember 16, 2015

The risks inherent in giving away assets prematurely were illustrated in a recent case, which involved a 76-year-old disabled woman and her son. In 2012, the...

Will Change Means Widower Will Lose HomeNovember 6, 2015

Many couples would be left scratching their heads if asked whether they own their home as 'joint tenants' or 'tenants in common'. However, in one...

Specific Evidence Not Needed for Attorney to Stand Trial for FraudOctober 22, 2015

The crucial importance of appointing a reliable person to act as your attorney, to manage your affairs should you no longer be able to do...

Expert Involvement Helps Win Will Change DisputeOctober 11, 2015

Everyone knows how fallible memory can be and also how easy it is to come to believe things that are not true. Normally, such aberrations...