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Assisted Dying and Relief from Forfeiture - How Should I Advise My Client?

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

It has been estimated that up to 6,500 terminally ill people try to take their own lives every year because it is an offence for another person to assist in their death, according to new research from the campaign group Dignity in Dying.

 Assisted Dying and Relief from Forfeiture - How Should I Advise My Client?

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Disputes Between Unmarried Couples - Prevention, Procedure & Pitfalls

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Cohabitation of unmarried couples increased by 137% between 1996 and 2020 but as we know, the law has not kept up. We share our top tips when advising unmarried couples - both at the outset of their relationship and on separation.

Disputes Between Unmarried Couples - Prevention, Procedure & Pitfalls

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Deathbed Gifts - A Way Without a Will?

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus for many of our clients, the risk of suddenly falling ill and tragically dying without their chosen beneficiaries inheriting, because they have not prepared a Will.

Deathbed Gifts - A Way Without a Will?

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Vulnerable Clients - How Can You Identify and Tackle Financial Abuse?

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

It is a sad fact that financial abuse of the elderly and vulnerable is often committed by someone in a position of trust, such as a carer, attorney or deputy. Solicitors have an important role to play in identifying and taking steps to rectify such abuse.

Vulnerable Clients - How Can You Identify and Tackle Financial Abuse?

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Wills, Wheels and Automobiles - The Perils of Badly-Drafted Legacies

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

The importance of watertight Will drafting to protect charitable legacy income was recently highlighted in a High Court case concerning the construction of the Will of retired professional racing driver, Barrie Williams.

Wills, Wheels and Automobiles - The Perils of Badly-Drafted Legacies

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The Tricky Issue of Mutual Wills - Practical Tips for 'Policing' Agreements

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

It is widely accepted that mutual Wills can be fraught with difficulty and have the potential to result in complex litigation. How can you protect a client who is a beneficiary under such a Will, and minimise the risk of litigation arising in the future?

The Tricky Issue of Mutual Wills - Practical Tips for 'Policing' Agreements

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Smart Phone Video Recordings Form Vital Evidence in Will Challenge Trial

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The defendants, represented by VWV, successfully defended all claims following a five day trial. The outcome turned on crucial video evidence of the testator, which was found to capture her level of understanding and robustness of character and mind.

Smart Phone Video Recordings Form Vital Evidence in Will Challenge Trial

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Deputy's Decision to Litigate - Court of Protection Warning Against Acting Without Authority

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The Court of Protection (COP) has warned deputies against applying for retrospective authorisation to enter into litigation on behalf of a protected party, and set out useful guidance for practitioners to consider.

Deputy's Decision to Litigate - Court of Protection Warning Against Acting Without Authority

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Holiday Claims

Friday, 20 July 2018

For most of us, summer holidays are the highlight of our year - but for some they are a nightmare that continues long after returning home.

Holiday Claims

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Partner at VWV Advising on Shepton Mallet Hip Replacement Cases

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Early in 2017, Care UK, which operates the Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre identified that a group of patients operated on by one of their surgeons, Mr Oliver Schindler, appeared to be experiencing a prolonged recovery from hip replacement.

Partner at VWV advising on Shepton Mallet hip replacement cases

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Decision Time: Do You Want to Mediate?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Courts actively encourage parties to use mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to try and resolve disputes in a proportionate manner.

Decision Time: Do You Want to Mediate?

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About My Commission, Which We Didn't Discuss...

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The importance of reaching a binding agreement on the terms of a contract was highlighted in the recent Court of Appeal case of Wells v Devani.

About My Commission, Which We Didn't Discuss...

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Will Challenge - High Court Reject Will That Was Forged on Pre-Signed Company Notepaper

Friday, 21 April 2017

Modern forensic analysis techniques prove a later Will to have been forged, with the Deceased’s signature pre-dating those of the witnesses. Patel V Patel [2017] EWHC 133 (Ch)

Will Challenge

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High Court Rectify Trust Deeds

Friday, 21 April 2017

The High Court rectify trust deeds that wrongly reassigned successive life interests of the settlor's children, instead of their then-spouses - RBC Trustees V Stubbs [2017] EWHC 180 (Ch)

Trust Rectification

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Reasonable Financial Provision for Disinherited Adult Children and the Need for Reform

Friday, 21 April 2017

The case of Ilott V The Blue Cross And Others [217] UKSC 17 is unprecedented as it is the first claim made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the Act) that has reached the Supreme Court.

Reasonable Financial Provision for Disinherited Adult Children