Trusts, Wills and Probate Articles

Making Your Will – Guidance

It is easy to keep putting off making a will. However, having a valid will is the only way to guarantee that your estate goes...

Helping Your Executors

Being an executor is a demanding job at the best of times and a task that is made all the more difficult when the deceased...

How do I Leave Money to Charity in My Will?

It's easy to include a charity in your will, but you should always consult your solicitor before you write or change your will  to be...

What Happens on Intestacy?

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act came into force in late 2014. It changes intestacy law in England and Wales to allow a deceased's estate...

County Council Wrests Control of Dementia Sufferer’s Estate

When a person loses their ability to function intellectually, dealing with their affairs can be extremely difficult unless there is a power of attorney in...

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Trusts, Wills and Probate News

Trust Variation for Minors – High Court Holds SwayJune 12, 2018

Setting up family trusts with minors or those with mental incapacities as beneficiaries is by no means uncommon and it sometimes occurs that such trusts...

High Street Store Will Invalid, Rules CourtMay 16, 2018

The dangers inherent in adopting a casual approach to one's will were starkly illustrated in a case that considered the validity of three 'templated' wills...

High Court Focuses on Essentials to Resolve Family Trust DisputeApril 16, 2018

Even the most careful drafting cannot always succeed in dispelling ambiguity or in making provision for all future eventualities. As a High Court case concerning...

Reasonable Provision May Not Mean What You ThinkMarch 12, 2018

When a person is excluded from the will of someone on whom they were 'dependent', the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 provides...

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...

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