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Can Your Smartphone Resolve a Will Dispute?

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

We recently acted for clients who were successful in defending a Will challenge against a relative's estate using video evidence captured on a smartphone.

Can Your Smartphone Resolve a Will Dispute?

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Lost Wills - What Should Will Beneficiaries and Executors Do?

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

A bank's discovery of 9,000 Wills which were supposedly safely stored in its 'safe custody' service has caused understandable concern for many.

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Proprietary Estoppel Is on the Rise - How Best Can You Advise Your Client?

Thursday, 26 September 2019

2018 was a bumper year for proprietary estoppel claims, with over ten claims making their way to the High Court (some going all the way to appeal). However, advising on the merits of these types of cases doesn’t get any easier.

Proprietary Estoppel

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Acting as an Independent Administrator - Bartlett Duties and Difficult Decision Making

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The role of an Independent Administrator is a challenging one. All too often, an estate becomes deadlocked, disgruntled beneficiaries have reached an impasse...

Acting as an Independent Administrator - Bartlett Duties and Difficult Decision Making

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Cowan v Foreman - Where Are We Now?

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The Court of Appeal has recently reversed the controversial first instance decision in Cowan v Foreman that standstill agreements are not effective.

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A Battle of Wills - Loving Husband or Coercive Wife?

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Everyone has the right to leave their estate to whomever they choose in their Will.

A Battle of Wills - Loving Husband or Coercive Wife?

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Broken Promises and Property Rights – Where Do You Stand?

Thursday, 20 December 2018

As private client solicitors, we have seen a steady rise in the number of proprietary estoppel claims brought in recent years.

Broken Promises and Property Rights – Where Do You Stand?

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Choosing Not to Work, Destroys a Daughter's Will Dispute

Friday, 13 January 2017

Another case of a daughter disputing her parent's Will (Ames v Jones) has been in the news recently. This follows the much-publicised case of Heather Ilott's successful claim against her late mother, Melita Jackson's estate.

Choosing Not to Work, Destroys a Daughter's Will Dispute

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McCabe v McCabe – High Court rejects claim to invalidate mother’s last will

Thursday, 05 November 2015

The recent case of McCabe v McCabe [2015] All ER 248, which concerned a dispute between two brothers over their late mother’s last will, sheds new light on the Court's approach when considering the test for testamentary capacity.