Trusts, Wills and Probate Articles

Cohabitees and Death – Who Can Claim?

When one member of a cohabiting couple dies, it can come as an unpleasant surprise to the bereaved partner to discover that not all of...

Administering Estates – Procedures and Pitfalls

A recent survey has shown that more than one in ten people who are thought to have died intestate (i.e. without leaving a will) may...

Out-Of-Date Family Trust Varied to Recognise Same-Sex Spouses

Family trusts often date back many years, and those who drafted them could not have been expected to foresee all the dramatic social changes that...

Asset Valuation Problems – Chattels

When dealing with an estate, an increasing problem for executors is the valuation of assets in the form of the chattels of the deceased. In...

Mother’s Will Overridden by Court

A surprising decision by the Court of Appeal to award a daughter who had been deliberately excluded from her mother's will a substantial settlement from...

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Business Tycoon’s Wife Well Served by Lawyers Who Drafted Her WillJanuary 2, 2018

A solicitor's primary duty when drafting a will is to follow faithfully their client's instructions after giving accurate and level-headed advice. In a professional negligence...

Take Care When Appointing a Non-Lawyer as Your ExecutorDecember 15, 2017

When you appoint a solicitor to be the executor of your will, you can be assured that they will understand their duties and can be...

Ignoring Advice Not Path to SuccessNovember 15, 2017

There really is little point in instructing lawyers to represent you if you do not then listen to their advice. In one case which illustrates...

High Court Dementia Ruling – Judge Acts to Protect WidowSeptember 11, 2017

Amidst an ageing population, the role of judges in protecting the weak, vulnerable and infirm is of ever increasing importance. In one case that proves...

Court Rejects Will in a Crisp PacketAugust 3, 2017

Unfulfilled hopes of substantial inheritance are commonplace, both in fact and fiction, but not often do they lead to such ham-fisted attempts at forgery as...

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