Widow left out of husband’s will after 66-year marriage wins half of £1m estate – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2023 in families, news, succession, widows, wills by sally

‘A widow whose husband of 66 years excluded her and their four daughters from his will, and left everything to their two sons, has won a high court case for a share of an estate worth more than £1m.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2023

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Widow ‘mourned at wrong grave for 27 years after husband’s ashes secretly given to his mother’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2022 in burials and cremation, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage, widows by tracey

‘Kathleen Walsham is suing funeral giant Dignity for psychological personal injury after she claims she was told in 2016 that her husband’s remains had been buried 10 miles away in Essex.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2022

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Revisiting interim payments in IPFDA 1975 claims: Weisz v Weisz [2019] EWHC 3101 (Fam) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2020 in bereavement, financial provision, news, widows, wills by sally

‘Charlotte John investigates interim payments under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th October 2020

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Widow’s fight to get partner’s name on birth certificate- BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2019 in bereavement, birth certificates, children, cohabitation, equality, families, news, paternity, widows by tracey

‘A woman whose partner died while she was pregnant has said she suffered “emotional trauma” fighting through the courts to put his name on their child’s birth certificate.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2019

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Woman wins right to late partner’s military pension in landmark ruling – BBC News

‘A woman has won the right to her late partner’s military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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Widow of Carl Sargeant wins high court challenge over sacking inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bereavement, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, suicide, Wales, widows by sally

‘The widow of the former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant, who died while facing sexual misconduct allegations, has won a high court challenge over the legality of an inquiry into his sacking.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2019

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Bereaved mother entitled to widow allowance – Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 5th, 2018 in appeals, cohabitation, human rights, news, social security, Supreme Court, widows by sally

‘An unmarried mother has won a landmark Supreme Court case which could allow cohabitees to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance, a benefit previously only applicable to married parents.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st August 2018

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Supreme Court rules in favour of unmarried mother in benefits case – Family Law

‘The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Siobhan McLaughlin, an unmarried mother of four from County Antrim, gaining access to Widowed Parent’s Allowance following her partner’s death in 2014.’

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Family Law, 31st August 2018

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Supreme Court to hear NI woman’s widow benefit case – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2018 in benefits, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court, widows by sally

‘An unmarried mother from Northern Ireland who is fighting for access to a widowed parent’s allowance is to have her case heard by the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2018

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‘Someone has to make a stand’: widow’s battle for cohabiting couples – The Guardian

‘Siobhan McLaughlin’s case goes before supreme court as pressure grows to end legal inequality.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2018

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Fatal accident damages: a recent case: life expectancy; damages for loss of services & loss of care & attention – Zenith PI

Posted September 11th, 2017 in accidents, compensation, damages, expert witnesses, health, judges, news, personal injuries, widows by tracey

‘In Magill v Panel Systems (DB Limited) [2017] EWHC 1517 (QB) His Honour Judge Gosnell (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) considered some key issues relating to fatal accident damages.’

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Zenith PI, 10th September 2017

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Bereavement damages: Unmarried Chorley woman’s legal fight – BBC News

‘A woman is taking the government to court for breaching her human rights in denying her bereavement damages after her partner died.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2016

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Does Fatal Accident Legislation Treat Gay Men And Women Differently? – Zenith PI Blog

‘As currently drafted the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 could treat gay men and gay women differently. Here I look at the reason why and examine the possible solution.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 16th October 2014

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Warren v Care Fertility (Northampton) Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted March 20th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, consent, human tissue, law reports, time limits, widows by tracey

Warren v Care Fertility (Northampton) Ltd and another: [2014] EWHC 602 (Fam);  [2014] WLR (D)  135

‘Pursuant to section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998, regulation 4(3)(b) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) Regulations 2009 was required to be construed in a purposive way so as to ensure compatibility with rights under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 6th March 2014

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High Court rules dead partner’s sperm can be kept despite lack of written consent – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Elizabeth Warren -v- Care Fertility (Northampton) Limited and Other [2014] EWHC 602 (Fam). The High Court has ruled in favour of a 28-year-old woman who wanted her late husband’s sperm to be retained even though the correct written consent was not in place. Mrs Justice Hogg (“Hogg J”) ruled that Mrs Warren has a right under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect for private and family life) to decide to become a parent by her deceased husband.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th March 2014

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Beth Warren waits on sperm legal fight result – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, human tissue, married persons, news, time limits, widows by tracey

‘The High Court will rule later on a widow’s attempt to prevent her dead husband’s sperm from being destroyed.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2014

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Widow begins case to keep dead husband’s sperm – The Independent

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in assisted reproduction, human tissue, married persons, news, time limits, widows by tracey

‘A widow’s High Court case to preserve her late husband’s sperm has begun.’

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The Independent, 31st Janaury 2014

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Navy widow jailed for pension fraud after failing to reveal new boyfriend – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 30th, 2012 in armed forces, fraud, news, pensions, proceeds of crime, sentencing, widows by tracey

“The widow of a Royal Navy diver has been jailed after admitting fraudulently pocketing more than £144,000 from the Armed Forces’ pension scheme.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2012

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Yates – WLR Daily

Posted June 15th, 2009 in domicile, inflation, law reports, pensions, widows by sally

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Yates [2009] EWCA Civ 479; [2009] WLR (D) 184

“A Canadian widow who, on her marriage to a British national in Canada, received a British pension based on her husband’s contributions and paid at the rate applicable to the inflation uprating he received, frozen at the time he emigrated, was entitled on his death to a higher rate of pension calculated at the same inflation uprating. She was not entitled to have her pension based on the uprating applicable at the time of his death.”

WLR Daily, 12th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Ratcliffe v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2009 in armed forces, asbestos, law reports, war pensions, widows by sally

Ratcliffe v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWCA Civ 39; [2009] WLR (D) 33

“A woman who had been the partner of a naval officer for over 25 years at the time of his death from disease said to derive from exposure to asbestos during his employment was in an analogous situation to that of a married woman. However, the Secretary of State for Defence was able to justify a distinction in war pension entitlement between her case and that of a married survivor.”

WLR Daily, 4th February 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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