Private Client News

Clarity Essential to Give Legal Effect to Transfer of TitleFebruary 6, 2015

It may seem obvious, but in order to transfer the title to something to another person, it has to be clear what it is that...

Open Justice Trumps Trustees’ Fears for ChildrenJanuary 20, 2015

The public interest in open justice has trumped individual privacy rights in a case in which lawyers sought to protect child beneficiaries of a very...

Stately Home Sale Forced By TrusteesJanuary 8, 2015

One of Britain's finest stately homes, Tottenham House, will be sold to a mystery buyer for £11.25 million – despite the fierce objections of the...

Out-of-Date Will Leads to Dispute With CharityDecember 31, 2014

In a case which underscores the wisdom of keeping your will up to date, changes in the law relating to Inheritance Tax (IHT) led to...

Ombudsman Hits Out at Lack of Regulation Over WillsDecember 16, 2014

The Legal Ombudsman has published a report calling for the introduction of tougher controls on those who charge for writing wills. Last year, the Ombudsman received...

Value of Joint Policy Not Part of EstateDecember 8, 2014

When a couple's relationship broke up, it was unlikely that either of them would have foreseen an argument over who should inherit the proceeds of...

Dementia Sufferer Let Down by Selfish NephewsNovember 26, 2014

In a warning to the elderly that even close family members cannot always be trusted, a judge has come to the aid of an 86-year-old...

Use of DIY Executors Sparks Explosion of ClaimsNovember 10, 2014

Claims against dishonest executors have trebled in 12 months, according to the Law Gazette. The increase in the number of claims is thought to result from...

Conversion of Civil Partnership Into Marriage Will Not Revoke WillOctober 29, 2014

It is sensible for a couple to ensure that they have valid wills once they start to cohabit and share their assets. However, it is regrettably...

Family Falling Out Leads to Legal Battle for InheritanceOctober 8, 2014

When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a...