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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At Blake Morgan solicitors we are able to provide help and advice with disputes about applications to the Court of Protection for the following:
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.
People who own digital currency such as Bitcoins risk their funds being lost forever after they die unless they leave a “digital trail” for relatives to follow, experts have warned.
Testamentary freedom, or a person's freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit, is a fundamental principle of English and Welsh law.
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.
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.
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.