“Gifting” & Why It Is So Strictly Monitored

Gifting is an issue that crops up very often in the Court of Protection and for good reason. Although there are many rational bases for giving gifts to relatives and...


Daughter Makes Successful Inheritance Act Claim Despite Cutting Herself Off From The Family For At Least 10 Years!

Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 (Act), individuals are able to make a claim against a deceased’s estate even when they have not been provided for...


The ‘Golden’ (But Not Compulsory) Rule

Goss-Custard and another v Templeman and others [2020] EWHC 632 (Ch) Lord Templeman was known as the High Court Judge who laid down the ‘Golden Rule’ formulated in Kenward v...


Are Traditional ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreements Really Gone?

Prior to the Jackson Reforms being implemented in 2013, a Conditional Fee Agreement (also known as a ‘no win no fee’ agreement) was a contract between a solicitor and their...


Friends Of The Deceased Win Inheritance Dispute Over Farming Land

The recent decision in the case of Wills and another v Sowray [2020] EWHC 939 (Ch) is an interesting one. Usually in this type of case, it is the Deceased’s...


Can I Enforce A Capacity Assessment To Be Undertaken At A Place Which Has Been Deemed To Be Coronavirus Free?

The recent case of BP v A Local Authority and Another considered the possibility of allowing a doctor to visit a care home, which was deemed to be COVID-19 free,...


A Promising Farmer

Disputes involving farmland forming the substantial part of an estate continue to come up. In the recent case of Horsford v Horsford [2020] EWHC 584 (Ch), a son (Peter Horsford)...


Social Distance Execution

Whilst the title to this blog no doubt conjures up in your mind something far more sinister, this article discusses the issues surrounding the execution of last Wills and testaments...


When Should You Respond To A Larke v Nugus Request?

What is a Larke v Nugus request? If a Will you have prepared is disputed you may receive what is known as a ‘Larke v Nugus Request’ to provide a...


Managing Your Financial Affairs & Making Decisions Regarding Your Health & Welfare During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are wondering what measures they can put in place to manage their financial affairs and health and medical treatment, should they require someone...


The Need For Correct Trust Investment Advice

Over the years, trends in respect of investment and investment advice have changed. The approach now taken by investment advisers is very much based on risk and diversity, as well...


Maintaining The Comfortable (Or Not)

As you will see from many of our previous blogs, there are two categories of Applicant under the Inheritance (Provision for family and Dependents) Act 1975 (1975 Act). The first...


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