Dispute Resolution

 

If my partner dies, do I have any rights of inheritance?

Under the rules of intestacy, which apply where someone dies without making a Will, a married partner will automatically receive the residuary estate of their spouse on death. Unmarried couples do not have this same level of legal protection, and parents,...

Testamentary Capacity and Covid-19

A person making a will must fulfil the test for testamentary capacity, in that they must: 1. Understand the nature of making a will and its effects; 2. Understand and appreciate the claims to which they ought to give effect; 3. Understand the extent of...

Inheritance Disputes and Jointly Owned Property

Property owned by two or more persons can be owned as either joint tenants, or tenants in common. Joint tenants own 100 per cent of the property together, whereas tenants in common each own a specific share in the property (often 50/50).  The right of...

Are relatives related only by marriage included in a will?

The recent case of Re the Estate of Peter Henry Wales [2020] EWHC 1979 (Ch) involved a claim brought by the executors of a will. A key provision of the will left the deceased’s residuary estate to “all of my nephew’s and niece’s...

Undue Influence Claim Rejected By The Court

Coles v Reynolds & Anor [2020] EWHC 2151 (Ch) was a claim brought by the first daughter (the Claimant) of the deceased against the second daughter (the Defendant). The Claimant claimed that the deceased had been unduly influenced to create a will which...

Remote signing of wills welcomed by Law Society

In June, we discussed the risk of the work arounds some solicitors were trying to use when having wills signed.  After petitioning to government, the Law Society has convinced the government to allow remote witnessing over a video link for the time...

Deed of trust proves intention in recent inheritance dispute

In 2016, Mrs Wilcox died. She had made a will in 2014 which was written by her son Edward and witnessed by his friend and his friend’s wife. In that will, she left her property to her son. Mrs Wilcox’s other children, Lesley and Dennis, argued...

Lost will found after cat knocks over pile of papers

A farm was owned by 3 siblings, Dean, Dale and Venetia. They had inherited it after their grandfather passed away and they owned it in equal shares. In 2007, Dean died. Dean was thought to have died without making a will and therefore all his assets...

Can how my loved one died affect my inheritance?

Last year we discussed how assisting or encouraging a loved one’s death may mean that you forfeit your inheritance from your loved one’s estate.  The general rule of forfeiture provides that a beneficiary cannot take under a will if they...

Karl Lagerfeld - The mystery of his inheritance continues

Early last year, we wrote about the estate of Karl Lagerfeld, the German fashion tycoon who died in February 2019 and how it was widely believed that Lagerfeld had left his fortune to his cat, Choupette . Lagerfeld had been reported as repeatedly saying...

What happens if an attorney under an LPA abuses their position?

At George Green, we not only represent clients with inheritance disputes and will disputes , but we are often instructed by families in respect of disputes regarding lasting powers of attorney documents (“LPA’s”) and enduring powers of...

How will I know if a will is valid?

For a will to be valid, it needs to have been executed properly. This means the will must be signed in a very particular way.  The will must be signed by the person making the will in the presence of two witnesses. Importantly, the witness must not be...

No-win No-fee Success Fee Recovered in Recent Inheritance Act Case

Re H (Deceased) [2020] EWHC 1134 (Fam) was a claim brought against the deceased’s estate by his daughter. She claimed a property, costs of therapy, monthly income and her costs despite being a self-sufficient adult. The court upheld this claim as,...

Daughter loses will dispute claim after alleging forgery and undue influence

Barnaby v Johnson [2019] This recent will dispute case concerned the estate of Mrs Bascoe and her latest will which was made in 2005 (“the 2005 Will”). Mrs Bascoe left nominal legacies of £100 and £500 respectively to...

Is a promise of an inheritance legally binding?

The recently decided case of Horsford v Horsford (2020) serves as a useful reminder of the requirements for a proprietary estoppel claim. Proprietary estoppel claims are becoming increasingly common in farming/agricultural circles. These cases can arise in...

Coronavirus Pandemic is likely to increase DIY Wills

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many people will be wanting to update their will or be prompted to make a will for the first time. Some may be concerned about the cost of making a will at a time of financial uncertainty. There is also likely to be lots...

Will dispute claim over Lord Templeman's estate is rejected by the court

Last January we published a blog about Goss-Custard v Templeman, an ironic will dispute case concerning the estate of Lord Templeman who was an eminent Judge and law lord who died in 2014. Lord Templeman was well known for formulating “the golden...

Mediation in the current climate

Many people and businesses with commercial claims may consider these to be relatively low on their list of priorities at present. That is entirely understandable, but at the same time there are at least two factors which may be...

Can I lodge a caveat if I am disputing a Will?

A common enquiry that we receive from disappointed family members who want to contest a will is “how can I stop a grant of probate”? What is a Grant of Probate? When someone dies, if that person made a will; it is the responsibility...

Sister and niece win Will dispute battle over £800,000 estate

A bitter will dispute case which was dubbed by the judge hearing the case as a “fight to the death” has settled after 6 days in Court according to recent press reports. The dispute concerned the estate of Shirley Guymer who died in 2016 aged...
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