Charity bequests shouldn’t have special status, Supreme Court hears – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 13th, 2016 in appeals, charities, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘Charities should be treated no differently from any other beneficiary of a will when resolving disputes, seven Supreme Court judges heard today in a long running legal battle over a £468,000 bequest to animal charities. In Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others, the court is considing an appeal by three animal charities case against a Court of Appeal ruling setting aside a will on the grounds that it did not make reasonable provision for the testator’s daughter.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th December 2016

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Supreme Court to hear ‘unfair wills’ test case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in appeals, charities, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘The Supreme Court will today hear a case that should clarify the law on challenging wills on the grounds that they do not make reasonable provision. Animal charities are appealing a Court of Appeal decision in July last year in favour of Heather Ilott, who had been excluded from her mother Melita Jackson’s will.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th December 2016

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Will-writer fined £30k after complaints over nuisance calls – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2016 in complaints, consent, fines, news, telecommunications, wills by tracey

‘will-writing company which accuses traditional law firms of ‘failing the bereaved’ has been fined £30,000 for making nuisance calls. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed the penalty against Assist Law, based in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2016

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Ilott v Mitson: A storm in a Teacup? – Zenith Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, charities, news, wills by sally

‘With Ilott due to be heard in the Supreme Court on 12th December 2016[1], Nicola Phillipson considers the impact the case has had upon claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”) and wonders whether the importance of the various decisions has in fact been overblown?’

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Zenith Chambers, 31st October 2016

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Woman cut out of father’s £1m will refused slice of fortune as judge tells her lack of job is ‘lifestyle choice’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 30th, 2016 in financial provision, news, unemployment, wills by tracey

‘A daughter cut out of her entrepreneur father’s £1million will because he believed grown-up children should “look after themselves” has been refused a slice of his fortune by a judge. For Danielle Ames, unemployment was “a lifestyle choice” and she was fit and able to work, said Judge David Halpern QC.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2016

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Woman tried to do son out of £10m inheritance by ‘taking advantage’ of husband’s Alzheimer’s, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in families, harassment, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘A farmer’s wife “took advantage” of her husband’s Alzheimer’s in a bid to do their son out of his promised £10 million inheritance, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

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Divorced husband allowed to challenge will – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2016 in divorce, news, probate, wills by sally

‘A divorced husband has been given permission to challenge the validity of his ex mother-in-law’s will.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2016

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Credit where Creditor’s due – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, probate, wills by sally

‘In Randall v Randall [2016] EWCA Civ 494, the Court of Appeal considered whether a creditor of a beneficiary of an estate had sufficient standing to bring a probate claim to challenge the validity of a purported will of the testatrix.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 22nd June 2016

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Brother and sister in legal battle over interior designer father’s £20m fortune – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2016 in families, news, trusts, wills by Mark L

‘The children of a renowned interior designer, who worked on the QE2, Claridge’s and the Savoy Hotel are locked in a £20m court battle over his fortune.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2016

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Man allowed to challenge former mother-in-law’s will – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2016 in appeals, divorce, interest, news, wills by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has granted a divorced husband permission to challenge the validity of his former mother-in-law’s will which left him nothing from her estate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th May 2016

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Holocaust survivor was not a tax cheat, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2016 in banking, news, tax evasion, wills by sally

‘A holocaust survivor, who overcame the horror of his entire family’s murder by the Nazis to make millions in Britain, has been posthumously cleared of tax evasion by a judge.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2016

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Testamentary capacity and the not-so golden rule: Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37 – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 13th, 2016 in appeals, codes of practice, doctors, news, probate, solicitors, wills by sally

‘David Rose reviews the recent Court of Appeal decision in Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37, which contains an up-to-date summary of the law relating to testamentary capacity and knowledge & approval.’

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Park Square Barristers, 31st March 2016

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Ageing population will change demand for legal services, says 2025 report – Legal Futures

‘Britain’s changing demographics will mean a huge shift in demand for legal services, towards managing the wealth and lives of the growing proportion of elderly people in the population, according to a study forecasting legal needs in 2025.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2016

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Legal battle over Margaret Thatcher aide’s £8m Ming porcelain collection – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2016 in executors, families, news, wills by tracey

‘An exquisite £8 million Ming porcelain collection built up by a confidant of Margaret Thatcher has sparked a bitter legal feud which has torn apart a once close-knit family.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2016

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Burns v Burns – elderly testators, mental impairment and the ‘golden rule’ – Tanfield Chambers

Posted February 24th, 2016 in elderly, mental health, news, wills by sally

‘What if an elderly client, whose state of mental health is uncertain, approaches you and asks you to prepare her will?’

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Tanfield Chambers, 8th February 2016

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Grandmother who lived with partner until his death wins High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home – Independent

‘A grandmother who lived with her partner for almost two decades until his death has won a High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home.’

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Independent, 16 February 2016

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Government figures show number of contested wills rising – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2015 in families, news, statistics, wills by sally

‘Ministry of Justice figures show there has been a steep rise in the number of wills being contested in court, and many lawyers think it is because of more complex relationships, with divorces and remarriages.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2015

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The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth: Opening the Floodgates in Inheritance Act Actions? – Park Square Barristers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in charities, families, news, wills by sally

‘The case of Ilott v Mitson has received quite a lot of publicity last week. In brief, a woman who had been estranged from her late mother for 26 years since she was 17 was given an award from her mother’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, despite the fact that her late mother had made it perfectly clear that she did not wish her daughter to get a penny. It sparked some controversy in the press and other media.’
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Park Square Barristers, 4th August 2015

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The changing legal landscape for inheritance disputes – Legal Futures

Posted August 28th, 2015 in news, wills by sally

‘There has been a huge growth in the number of inheritance disputes in recent years due partly to an ‘’increasingly ageing population’’ according to Adam Draper, partner at Irwin Mitchell solicitors who specialises in inheritance disputes.’

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Legal Futures, 27th August 2015

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10 of the strangest wills of all time – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2015 in news, wills by sally

‘Leaving instructions for what should happen to your finances after your death is a serious matter – but for some the temptation to cause mischief or raise a smile from beyond the grave is too much to resist.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2015

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