The dramatic rise in house values in recent decades and the increasingly complex nature of family relationships (including second and third families) have played a significant role in contributing to a rise in the number of disputes over inheritance and Wills.
We have the experience to advise you of the merits of your potential claim, guide you through the process of challenging a Will and establish your entitlement under the intestacy rules (or perhaps an earlier Will). We can also assist you with defending such a claim. We provide pragmatic advice with a view to achieving an early resolution between the parties, either by negotiation or through Court proceedings.
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We are able to help with the following:
At Blake Morgan solicitors we are able to provide help and advice with disputes about applications to the Court of Protection for the following:
Today’s Supreme Court decision is a big step in the right direction to reform the rights of cohabitees and ‘common-law’ spouses.
The independent Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a call for evidence to gather information about people’s experience and perceptions of Inheritance Tax.
People who want to leave money to a good cause in their Will are being urged to check with their chosen charity first to make sure the gift can be used as they intended.
We look at a case where a certified copy will has been admitted to probate, despite dispute over whether the original will had been revoked.
A recent Court of Appeal decision on inheritance disputes gives useful guidance for parties wishing to appeal a decision of a lower court regarding probate.
The tragic death of businessman Richard Cousins and his family in a seaplane crash on New Year's Eve in 2017 re iterated the importance of including a "Disaster Scenario Clause" in your Will.
The Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ("the 2014 Act") is the result of a 6 year project by the Law Commission, and private client practitioners should be well aware of its provisions.
It is an old story and yet a familiar one. Naunakhte made her will with one predominant motive: to disinherit three of her children who had not looked after her properly.