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Probate Disputes

Farmer’s final Will declared invalid – despite doctor confirming he had mental capacity

A bitter inheritance dispute which has torn yet another farming family apart has finally ended with the High Court setting aside the third and final Will of 84-year-old Evan Hughes. In what the judge... Read full article

Careless whisper or careless Will? George Michael’s ex wins pay-out

George Michael’s former lover has won a share of the pop star’s fortune after successfully claiming he was wrongly left out of the singer’s Will. After a long legal battle, Kenny Goss has... Read full article

Why married couples need to make sure their wills are up to date – and cover all eventualities

The importance of making a will which covers ‘what if’ scenarios, like dying at the same time as your spouse or shortly after, has been highlighted by a recent court case. Alan Bailey died... Read full article

The family farm – making sure you keep your wealth where you want it

Succession planning for farming families is often complicated but it’s crucial when it comes to peace of mind and avoiding conflict among your loved ones later. Often most pressing is answering the... Read full article

Wills and LPA – Covid-19 Guidance

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have understandably seen an increase in enquiries from people worried about making their wills and powers of attorney.  Making a will is one... Read full article

Inheritance Disputes: what is proprietary estoppel and when might it affect you?

A recent case has illustrated the potential to bring a successful claim again an estate where a person is promised a share of an estate during the testator’s lifetime but no provision has been made... Read full article

Bringing a claim against an estate under the 1975 Inheritance Act

If you are concerned that someone close to you has died without making adequate provision for you in their will, or if they have died without making a will and no provision is made for you under the... Read full article

Administering an estate during the COVID-19 crisis

Suffering a bereavement is incredibly difficult at the best of times, but having to also deal with the administration of that person’s estate can be extremely daunting, especially during the... Read full article

Lockdown and invalid Wills

One of the most common issues clients ask us to look at, when someone has died, is whether a Will affecting them is actually valid. Far and away the most common challenge is that the person who made... Read full article

He told me to keep his money or give it away says brother of man who died without a Will

The chaos you can leave behind when you die without a Will has been graphically illustrated by a recent case at the High Court. Mick Ivory died in November 2018 and, according to his brother Peter,... Read full article

Uncaring daughter’s attempt to overturn mother’s Will fails in High Court

A mother whose daughter showed ‘very little care for her’ had every right to leave her virtually nothing in her Will, the High Court has ruled. Maudlin Bascoe left a note with her Will which made... Read full article

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 – 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

Why keeping your Will up to date is so vital

Great – you’ve made a Will. You’re ahead of the 31 million UK adults who still haven’t got round to it. But did you know, it’s almost as important to regularly update any Will to make sure... 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

Disputed Will – Sisters say wealthier brother should inherit less than them

Just how complicated things can get when there is a breakdown in family communication has been highlighted by one of the latest inheritance disputes to reach the High Court. Sisters Jennifer Penny... 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
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