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....


Does Your Will Apply To Your Foreign Assets?

The French rock legend Johnny Hallyday died in December 2016 from lung cancer. Known as France’s Elvis Presley, Hallyday sold over 110 million records and performed famously in front of...


Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

Many people will have made Powers of Attorney regarding their property and financial affairs but will not have appreciated the importance of putting in place Powers of Attorney regarding their health and welfare. If...


Disabled Beneficiary Trusts In Wills

If your child has a disability, whether they are a child or adult, you will understandably be concerned to make arrangements to protect them after your death. It is therefore more important than ever for...


Heath Brothers in Dispute – Part 1

A recent case in the High Court has highlighted a conflict that may occur when an executor has a claim over an estate. Background The case concerns three brothers, Jeremy,...


Son’s Claim Against his Father’s Estate for £3million Farm Based on Estoppel and Lack of Capacity Fails…

His Honour, Judge Paul Matthews, has handed down his judgment in the High Court case of James v James & Ors [2018] EWHC 43 (Ch) (19 January 2018). The case...


Legacies To Charities – Can They Be Challenged?

Charities are often named as beneficiaries in wills. Sometimes charities receive small specific sums of money, but there are a number of examples of wealthy people leaving almost their entire...


Maintenance Takes Many Forms

In a previous blog, we discussed the decision of the High Court in Lewis v Warner regarding the court at first instance allowing a co-habitant to make a claim successfully under...


Lasting Powers of Attorney – How To Protect Yourself From Exploitation

ITV recently investigated the very concerning issue of vulnerable people being exploited after executing Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). LPA’s are legal instruments which grant family members and other third...