Ubbi & Anori v Ubbi – Expect The Unexpected! The Importance Of Keeping An Up To Date Will

In the case of Ubbi & Anori v Ubbi, the High Court has awarded a lump sum of £386,000 to infant minors who made a claim through their mother, as...


The Pitfalls Of Homemade Wills and Letters Of Wishes: Taulbut v Davey

Making a homemade Will, as opposed to instructing solicitors, can save people time and money but it can, in some cases, lead to significant difficulties. Many solicitors advise clients against...


The Battle Of Wills – Payne v Payne (2018)

A last Will and testament is one of the most important documents that an individual will complete during their lifetime. It dictates where all of a person’s worldly possessions will...


Challenges From Beneficiaries & Conflicts – The Risks For Executors

Taking on the role of an estate executor can present challenges and sometimes the stance taken by beneficiaries can exacerbate this. This can happen in a number of ways. The...


Use Of A Life Interest Trust In A Will

Standard Wills for a couple might leave all the estate of the first person to die to the surviving person in the relationship, with the survivor’s estate being inherited after...


The Old Stag v The New Stag: Gee v Gee & Gee – A Familiar Family Farm Feud

In the case of Gee v Gee & Gee [2018] EWHC 1393 (Ch), the Hon Mr Justice Briggs found in favour of a son who had been cut out of a...


Test For Mental Capacity When Making A Will

The legal test for mental capacity when making a Will remains the test set out in the 1870 case of Banks v Goodfellow. To make a Will, a person must:...


Thompson v Raggett & Ors: Applicant Awarded Property Outright

The case of Thompson v Raggett & Ors (Rev 1)[2018] EWHC 688 (Ch) provides an example of the Court sidestepping Lord Hughes’ comments in the case of Ilott v Blue Cross & Ors [2017] UKSC...


Paying For Care

If you were to move into a care home, the first thing to establish at that time would be whether you were entitled to receive NHS funded continuing care. This...


Owning Two Properties – Capital Gains Tax

Owning two properties is becoming increasingly common, as people buy a place in the country, inherit property, buy houses for their children, or couples who each own a property move...


Letters Of Wishes In Wills – The Pitfalls

Ensuring that you provide for multiple beneficiaries in your Will can be tricky, especially when their individual life circumstances are prone to change. With second marriages, cohabitation and step-children, families...


Administration Of An Estate: Removing An Executor

Waiting around for an estate to be distributed can be frustrating, particularly as it is often a tough period for your family and going through that legal process takes time....