Controversial fees that were proposed and scrapped in a matter of weeks last year are now expected to be introduced in April this year, even though they have not yet received parliamentary approval. Probate applications are expected to rise between now...
In Davies and another v Davies  EWCA Civ 463, the Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against an award of £1.3 million in satisfaction of a claim for equitable relief based on proprietary estoppel and has reduced the award to £500,000.
Currently more than half of UK adults don’t have a will. When you consider the number of co-habiting couples (who don’t receive the same rights upon death as married couples under the intestacy rules) and extended families it is a surprising statistic. Failure to make a Will can leave loved ones suffering financial hardship and lead to a disputed estate.
Congratulations! You’ve signed on the dotted line, eaten cake, drank champagne and danced the Macarena alongside friends and family. You’re officially one half of a married couple.
The High Court has recently ruled in favour of a builder after the Will, in which he was named as sole beneficiary, was challenged by three beneficiaries from a previous Will for the deceased. Kirsten Edberg, Private Client Lawyer, reviews the case and advises those who are considering contesting a Will that the process is a complex one.
In an unprecedented decision the Court of Appeal has awarded a daughter, who was deliberately cut out of her mother’s Will, £163,000 from her late mother’s estate. Kirsten Edberg, Private Client Lawyer, here reviews the surprising outcome in the case, and explains what this may mean for the future when it comes to who we do, or do not, choose as beneficiaries in our Will.
The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court decision in the recent ‘donatio mortis causa’, sometimes referred to as a deathbed wish, case of King v Dubrey and others . Kirsten Edberg, Private Client Solicitor, here explains what this means and how the Court of Appeal reached their decision.
The loss of a loved one is an extremely distressing time for all concerned, and this can be heightened if there are disputes arising from a Will, trust or probate arrangements. Kirsten Edberg, Private Client Lawyer, has recently joined the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) as an Associate Member to bring the best advice possible to people in Hampshire during this emotional time.