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What Are the Grounds for Contesting a Will?

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It is never easy to lose a loved one and the grieving process can be a very difficult time to go through. As such, when the time comes for you to organise their assets, belongings and final requests, it’s natural to hope the process will be simple and...

Will Forgeries on the Rise

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The recent and highly publicised trial of carers, Lynda and Wayne Rickard, reflects a growing number of cases coming before the courts relating to will forgeries. Lynda and Wayne had attempted to persuade the court that the wills of Joy Sootheran and Anthony...

Can your will be contested if you believe in aliens?

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Earlier this month World UFO day was celebrated by enthusiasts of unidentified flying objects in commemoration of Kenneth Arnold’s report of the first sighting of a UFO in the USA. If you believe and see little green people, are you able to make a...

Shakespeare's use of trusts in his Will

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Today, 23rd April, is celebrated for being the birth of the famous bard, William Shakespeare. Whilst Shakespeare is most known for his plays and sonnets, his wealth was accrued from shrewd business decisions such as investing in grain, brokering loans and...

Lasting Powers of Attorney Update

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It seems good to know that in this time of continued and ever tightening austerity that HM Government has decided that as a result of reported increased efficiencies at the Office of the Public Guardian which led to it being able to recover more than its...

Divorce D-Day

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In January each year the media always carries reports of “Divorce D-Day”.  The actual date of “D-Day” varies from year to year, but typically it will be the first day of the year upon which law firms reopen following the...

The Pandora's Box ...... Prenuptial Agreements and Enforceability

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Prenuptial agreements are becoming ever more common with more couples marrying for the second time and wishing to preserve pre acquired wealth for their children and first timers wanting to protect their assets. More judicial help is now available thanks to...

Inheritance Claims vs Probate Claims

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“Inheritance claim” is the commonly used name to describe special claims that are made against a deceased’s estate under the statutory framework created by the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which operates in...

Chancel Repair Liability

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Most of us now know that Chancel Repair Liability has ceased to be an overriding interest on property recently.  It happened on 13 October 2013.  For a liability to now bind future purchasers of property it must have been registered against the...

Property Information Forms

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Selling a home is seldom as straight forward as we would like to think and knowing this The Law Society has produced a new edition of the Property Information Form which has been in use for many years in conveyancing. It is not surprising that it is now...

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