Category Archives: Wills and Probate

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…

When thinking of making a will, the idea of a Victorian lawyer taking down the last instructions at the bedside still springs to mind for many people. And the 19th century lawyer would find things pretty much as they were … Continue reading

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Ilott v Mitson – Inheritance Act Claims

Animal Charities succeed in Appeal to Supreme Court. On the 15th March 2017 the eagerly anticipated judgement on the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others from the Supreme Court was handed down. Mrs Ilott made an application … Continue reading

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Taking time to take stock pays off in inheritance tax planning

As the end of the tax year approaches, it’s a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs. This year, as well as taking advantage of exempt lifetime gifts and transfers, property owners should also … Continue reading

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Worrying number of older adults do not have a Will

Independent research conducted by Breeze & Wyles indicates that around half of UK adults have not written a will. The research goes on to indicate that in older people this number rises considerably with the percentage rising to over 60% … Continue reading

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New rules for those without a will

From October, different rules come into force on how assets should be distributed when someone dies without making a will, but it is still likely to cause a shock to families, particularly where couples were not married or in a … Continue reading

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Avoiding family feuds when you die

Inheritance issues are in the headlines, following the reading of Nelson Mandela’s will, highlighting problems that are becoming increasingly common with the rising number of ‘blended’ families following remarriage. Commentators have pointed to the international leader’s decision to exclude his second … Continue reading

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Making it fair and square for all your families

Inheritance claims are on the rise, as family structures get more complicated with the increasing number of remarriages. Currently 40% of marriages are second time round these days, and spouses and children of both first and second marriages are increasingly … Continue reading

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Why disclosing all may be best for the kids

The recent case of Kloosman v Aylen highlights the need to obtain proper legal advice and to openly discuss intentions before making large lifetime gifts. Elderly parents wanting to benefit children or friends before they die need to consider the … Continue reading

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Fakin’ it when they should have been makin’ it….

The partner of a millionaire estate agent who died suddenly has been found guilty of creating a fake will, when she discovered his divorce had never been finalised.   But Gillian Clemo, who forged the will of her lover Chris … Continue reading

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Estranged daughter takes disinheritance to appeal

An estranged daughter who eloped at 17 and was disinherited is challenging her mother’s will in the Court of Appeal. The Court will be considering the difficult question of whether an able bodied adult should be entitled to expect any … Continue reading

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