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Appeal Court victory for son cut out of mother’s Will

A son left with nothing after his late mother disinherited him and sold the family home she’d always promised him, has won his case in the Appeal Court. Professor Christopher Gosden brought a... Read full article

Inheritance disputes – can I get interim payments to help me during my claim?

For those who feel they have not been fairly provided for in a loved one’s Will, the prospect of bringing a long and potentially costly claim under the Inheritance Act can be a daunting one. When... Read full article

Inheritance disputes – Court of Appeal allows another late claim

A disabled widow facing homelessness has been given permission by the Court of Appeal to bring a claim against her late husband’s estate despite missing the legal deadline to do so by a year. The... Read full article

Another farming family torn apart by a bitter inheritance dispute

A daughter who worked long hours for low wages on the understanding she would one day inherit a significant part of the family farm has been awarded more than £1 million in compensation. The Court... Read full article

Inheritance disputes – Court of Appeal gives another late claim the go-ahead

The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling which refused a widow permission to claim from her late husband’s estate because she had applied late. In what is considered a landmark decision, Lady... Read full article

Which parent died first? High Court asked to decide in inheritance dispute

The stepdaughters of an elderly couple found dead in their home are locked in a bitter High Court battle over who is to inherit their estate. The question of which parent died first is critical to... Read full article

Need to contest a DIY Will? You are not alone

The significant rise in inheritance disputes between family members has been further fuelled by the increasing number of people opting to make DIY Wills. The number of these sorts of disputes ending... Read full article

Farming family inheritance fallouts – disputes on the rise

An increasing number of people are ending up in court claiming a promise that they will one day inherit the family farm has been broken. The latest case involves dairy farmer’s son, Andrew Guest,... Read full article

Why the growing complexity of modern families mean inheritance disputes are on the rise

Second marriages, blended families, children from more than one relationship – the complex structural nature of many modern families means it has never been more important to make a Will to avoid... Read full article

Daughter cut out of mother’s will in favour of animal charities has original award reinstated

The Supreme Court has overturned a six figure sum awarded to a woman who was cut out of her mother’s will after three charities appealed the decision. It is a significant judgment as it means that... Read full article

Charities take battle over mother’s Will to Supreme Court

In a legal first, three major animal charities have gone to the Supreme Court in a battle to win almost £500,000 left to them by a woman who cut her estranged daughter out of her will when she died... Read full article

Not working is your ‘lifestyle choice’ – Judge dismisses daughter’s claim on father’s estate

An unemployed woman left out of her father’s will was foiled in her bid to claim a £300,000 slice by a judge who said her decision not to work was a lifestyle choice. Danielle Ames had her... Read full article

Court of Protection: Frequently Asked Questions

The Court of Protection is a specialist court which was set up under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to help individuals who lack the capacity to be able to make decisions for... Read full article

Why using a conveyancing firm for probate dispute cost one woman dearly

The danger of not using properly qualified and experienced lawyers to tackle probate disputes has been dramatically highlighted by a recent court case. Instead of using solicitors approved to conduct... Read full article

Pay beneficiaries costs, law firm in breach of duty told

A firm of solicitors who repeatedly failed to pass on key information to five charities named in a will has been ordered to pay their £8,000 legal costs in full. The judgement – in which the... Read full article

Sibling executors removed by judge after falling out over mother’s Will

A brother and sister who could not agree on how to administer their mother’s Will have been removed as executors by a High Court judge who said taking them both “out of the equation” was the... Read full article

Time to shake up conveyancing?

Buying and selling a house has always been stressful but there are now moves afoot to reduce this by modernising the homebuying experience amid concerns about the conveyancing... Read full article

Court of Protection: What you need to know

The Court of Protection is a specialist court which was set up under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to help individuals who lack the capacity to be able to make decisions for... Read full article

VIDEOS: Understanding probate disputes

Unfortunately, disputes involving estates after a death are on the increase and can make things complicated and... Read full article

Law Society statement on referral fees

Following on from a number of articles on this blog, on the subject of referral fees, we wanted to update you as to the Law Society’s most recent... Read full article
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