Will and inheritance disputes

The (Copy) right to Break the Royal Seal

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There was an interesting application to the Family Court recently for the purposes of releasing the will and codicil of HRH the Duke of Windsor from a sealed envelope for the purposes of copying the contents to confirm the copyright owner of the literary work contained within. More …

Where there is a Will, there is a way

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This week the Independent reported that a survey conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2000 people showed that "nearly two thirds of UK adults don't have a Will" and more worryingly, that included 42% of over 55s. More …

What is fraudulent calumny?

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Fraudulent calumny is fraudulent misrepresentation made about an individual to a testator, for the purpose of inducing the testator to exclude that individual from any benefit in his Will. More …

Strange bequests in Wills and how legacies can be left 'open' to a charities choice

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Most Wills are pretty unexciting documents, but occasionally we hear of an odd bequest someone has made which provide a little more entertainment. Our expert explains the rights of a charity who have been left money for a specific purpose. More …

Charitable legacies – how deeds of variation can help make a bequest

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Leaving a legacy in your Will can be a thoughtful way to support a charity that has been important to you, and many charities rely heavily on legacies left in Wills for their survival. But if a loved one dies without leaving a legacy to a charity in their Will, is it too late? More …

Which charity would you choose to remember?

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Your university, school, or a cause close to your heart – If you were to leave a gift to charity in your Will, which charity would you choose? More …

Charities win at Supreme Court in claim against estate

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The Supreme Court has made a judgment on the case where Heather Ilott contested her mother's will after she left her entire estate to charities that she had no connection with. Here is an overview of the case. More …

Do I have the right to contest a loved one's Will?

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Have you recently been left upset and disappointed by a loved one's Will following their death? More …

Did you get any digital gifts this Christmas?

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Many digital assets, such as Kindle e-books, cannot be passed on to your beneficiaries when you die. You only buy the right to use the files in your lifetime. However, some other accounts, vouchers and loyalty points can be passed on if the right procedures are followed. More …

Labour’s rocky relationship with Inheritance Tax

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Historically the Labour party has favoured death duties (or Inheritance Tax as they have been known since 1984). What better way to redistribute wealth of the landed gentry than to collect it on death to save it from the undeserving children? More …