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13 July 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

Your last Will and Textament – could digital Wills create more problems than they solve?

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Digital Wills

Today the Law Commission launched their public consultation, looking at whether the existing rules on how Wills are made should be updated for the modern world. One of the things this consultation will consider is whether people’s electronic communications, such as texts and emails, should be recognised as a valid Will in exceptional circumstances. This is an exciting innovation that bridges the gap between outdated laws and the modern age, but would change necessarily be for the better?

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6 July 2017 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion, Private Client

Charitable legacies are looking more secure: outcome of Ilott

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In March 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the long running claim brought by Heather Ilott against the estate of her late mother, Melita Jackson. Whilst the Supreme Court’s decision did not represent a significant change in the law and Mrs Ilott was, technically, successful in her overall claim, the decision made by the Supreme Court suggests that charitable legacies may be less open to challenge than previously thought.

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Has contesting a Will for an adult child become more difficult?

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The final chapter of the Ilott v Mitson inheritance dispute case is now at an end. So have adult child claims for financial provision under the Inheritance Act now become far more difficult?

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14 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Life, Opinion, Private Client

Does your Will provide for your partner?

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These days it’s more and more common for couples to live together without being married. Whether they have been married before or are simply separated from their spouse, these situations regularly result in inheritance disputes in the event of an untimely death.

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3 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

Great expectations: Your inheritance may not be all you hope for

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In a recently reported case, a daughter was told by the court that she would not be awarded any share of her father’s £1m estate. The case appears to provide a valuable lesson for children relying upon a future inheritance to provide financial security.

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26 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Agriculture & Rural Business

Experts advise farmers how to survive in modern times

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Over 200 farmers and rural business owners from the Wiltshire area turned up to a specialist seminar at Wellington Barn near Calne to listen to an expert panel of solicitors, accountants, agricultural bankers, property and farm consultants advise how to safeguard their businesses in these changing times for the agricultural industry.

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16 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

When enough is enough

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This week the Telegraph reported the recent decision in the estate of Ian Wooldridge. It is believed that, possibly for the first time, a claim by a widow under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 has been dismissed by the court without any award being made.

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28 July 2015 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

Can your Will be ignored?

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Sponge cake

In the much publicised latest court decision in Ilott v Mitson, it has been suggested that the ruling will seriously impact the ability of individuals to leave property in their Wills. However, is this truly the case? And was the decision that unreasonable?

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Be wary of your promises: the tale of the ‘Cowshed Cinderella’

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The story of the farmer’s daughter, known as the “Cowshed Cinderella”, has recently hit the headlines after she won £1.3m from her parents, following eviction from her parent’s farm. So how concerned should you be about the inheritance of your farm?

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Protecting your legacy: farms and proprietary estoppel claims

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Recent court cases have highlighted an increasing trend of disputes relating to rights to inherit farmland. Given the publicity that inheritance disputes receive in the media and given the increasing value of farmland, it would appear that these disputes will continue to affect farm owners for many years to come.

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21 November 2014 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Private Client

Excluding someone from your Will

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23 May 2014 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Professional Negligence

Negligence by solicitors preparing a Will

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Negligence by solicitors preparing a Will may result in the wishes of a person not being met after their death and intended beneficiaries losing out on their rightful inheritance.

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