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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

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Supreme Court Grants Pension to Cohabiting Partner

Friday, 21 April 2017

An unmarried partner of a deceased pension scheme member is entitled to claim a surviving spouse's pension, even though the deceased had not nominated her as a beneficiary.


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Delusions and Dementia Do not Prevent the High Court from Finding a Will Was Valid

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Delusions and dementia do not prevent the High Court from finding a Will was valid - Lloyd v Jones [2016] EWHC 1308 (Ch)


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Proprietary Estoppel

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Proprietary estoppel: High Court award son of farmer, sole ownership of the family farming business - Moore v Moore [2016] EWHC 2202 (Ch)


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When can the forfeiture rule be modified?

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Does murder always preclude a benefit from the deceased?


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How to Ensure a Deputy's Gratuitous Payment is Free from Challenge

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The issue of gratuitous care allowances has been very topical recently and the recent case of Re HC [2015] EWCOP 29 demonstrates the Court of Protection's approach to payments for care provided by family members of a person lacking capacity.


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Sister Successfully Challenges Mother's Will in High Court Battle With Sibling

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Sister successfully challenges mother's Will in High Court battle with sibling - Watts v Watts [2014] EWHC 668(Ch) - but has the law on Inheritance Act claims become any clearer?