Private Client Articles

Pensions and Divorce

Divorces among the over-60s are by no means infrequent and, whilst the potential for acrimony arising from issues concerning young children is absent, they often...

Who is Under the Influence?

The law recognises that some people (such as solicitors or accountants) have a high degree of influence over other people (their clients), since clients hire...

Who is Under the Influence?

The law recognises that some people (such as solicitors or accountants) have a high degree of influence over other people (their clients), since clients hire...

Guide to Parental Responsibility

The 1989 Children Act aimed to clarify the law regarding who could look after children. One of the main new concepts introduced by the Act...

Compensation for Loss of a Chance

Most claims for damages are claims for damages or losses which have actually happened. For example, if a lorry mounted the pavement and smashed a...

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Private Client News

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)...

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