What Is My Share Of An Investment Property I Own With Another?

The Privy Council has given judgement in the case of Marr v Collie (Bahamas) [2017] UKPC 17 clarifying how the courts should decide the shares held in investment property by...


Why Do I Need A Solicitor To Prepare My Will?

As a solicitor who has specialised in drafting Wills for over 10 years I am always a little concerned when I hear people talking about preparing their own Wills without...


A Place In The Sun Or A Succession Nightmare?

Imagine yourself on a sun lounger, soaking up the Iberian sun in your own private villa, listening to the gentle waves lapping at the shore as you enjoy a cool...


There Are No Guarantees

The Irish High Court case of AIB Plc. -v- Rostaff Property Development Limited & ors  [2017] IEHC 533 has useful guidance to all those contemplating acting as a guarantor. Below...


How Much Inheritance Tax Will You Pay?

Inheritance tax is a tax on your estate when you die, and is also sometimes payable on trusts or gifts made during your lifetime. This includes the total of everything you own and...


Life, Love & Lasting Power of Attorneys

As Wills, Trusts & Probate specialists we are often asked about the value of creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and whether it is necessary. Here is an example...


Have You Reviewed Your Will Since The Introduction Of The Residence Nil Rate Band?

When was the last time you reviewed your Will? It is recommended that it is done at least every 5 years and preferably every 2 years. This is because there is a lot...


Trusts – Why Are They Useful?

Many people have heard the term “Trust” but do not necessarily know what it means or why it might be useful for them. There is also a misconception that Trusts...


The Common Law Principle Of Common Mistake

British Red Cross v Werry (Ch) Unreported This case related to the setting aside of a consent order based on the contractual principle of common mistake. Background Mr Harding and...


Power Of Attorney: Planning Ahead

None of us like to think of a time when we won’t be able to deal with things ourselves yet we will all have come across people who can no...


The Unfortunate Case Of The Prodigal Son & The Euromillions Winner

In the case of Dawes and Beedle v Dawes and Dawes (unreported), His Honour Judge Gerald has dismissed the claim of a son against his parents for cutting him out of...


Trustees Must Take Subject Access Requests By Beneficiaries Seriously

In the case of Dawson-Damer & Ors v Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74 (16 February 2017) the Court of Appeal has considered subject access requests made by beneficiaries...