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Charities win in the Supreme Court after 10 year Will dispute

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The Supreme Court yesterday handed down judgment in the case of Ilott v Mitson 2017 [USC] 17, which, appears to now be the end of the line for this long running inheritance dispute case that began with a County Court decision in 2007. The controversial...

Law firms not being vigilant to cyber crime could be negligent

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Some very high profile claims against firms have recently highlighted not only the dangers of cyber crime in the legal industry today, but has also opened the door for clients effected by such crime, to have recourse against their solicitors. ...

Dementia is now the biggest killer - could this lead to more invalid Wills?

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New figures this week, published by the Office of National Statistics, have shown that dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. According to the figures, more than 61,000 people last year died from the disease, being 11.6% of all...

Paul Daniels' son in dispute over his late father's estate

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Paul Daniels Jr, son of the late magician Paul Daniels has claimed that he has not received any inheritance from his late father’s estate. Paul, who is apparently unemployed, has reported that the entire estate, worth a gross £1.5m,...

A consumer guide to administration: BHS and your rights

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There has been a shock announcement this week that the retailer, BHS, has fallen into administration leaving many of their customers wondering what that means for them. Our short guide addresses some of the more common issues you might encounter if...

Sir Elton John will leave children small portion of his £200m fortune

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In recent interviews this week Sir Elton John has made a very public announcement that he only intends on leaving a very small amount of his £200m fortune to his two children Zachary and Elijah. His reasons for this appear to be very grounded and...

Challenges against Wills increase by 20% in 10 years

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According to a recent survey published in The Times, the number of challenges to Wills by relatives has increased by 20% over the past 10 years. Despite this, the majority of people surveyed considered that a deceased’s person’s wishes...

VTech's changes to T&Cs may be unpopular, but they are within the law

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Barely two months on from suffering a significant data breach, the toy giant Vtech - best known for manufacturing digital devices for children - is back in the news and at the centre of a public relations storm. In December of last year, the company came...

Could you take on the consumer heavyweights?

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Everyone loves a good underdog story. Someone who battles through trials and tribulations to win out against all expectation. But while we revel in the exploits of fictional underdogs on television or in films and books, few of us get the opportunity, or...

VTech hack hightens consumer tensions over data protection

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Ashley Madison, Sony, TalkTalk and now, perhaps most shockingly, VTech. The toy giant, most notable for manufacturing digital devices for young children, was hit by a sizable cyber attack last month. It is now believed that the personal information of...

Need for specialist advice highlighted by High Court ruling on contentious probate

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A woman from Berkshire who lost her claim in 2013 against her late father’s estate to challenge the validity of his Will, may now have to pay more in legal costs, than the amount she was left in the Will. Chloe Brennan was the daughter of Francois...

TalkTalk data hack - what should you do?

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There have been significant amounts of column inches dedicated to the announcement by phone and broadband company, TalkTalk, confirming their computer systems were hit by a ‘significant and sustained’ cyber-attack. Whilst it is still very...

Court of Appeal increases Adult Child Inheritance Act Award from £50,000 to £164,000

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The Ilott v Mitson case continues to rumble on and cause drama in the world of inheritance disputes, some eight years after the original County Court judgment. The Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the original ruling that awarded Heather...

Cohabiting couple families grow by 29.7% in 10 years

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According to the Office for National Statistics, the numbering cohabiting couple families has increased significantly by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. In 2014 there were 18.6 million families in the UK. Of these, almost 3.1 million were cohabiting couple...

Death bed gift challenge in the Court of Appeal

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The Court of Appeal has this month handed down its judgment in the case of Kenneth Paul King v Chiltern Dog Rescue and Redwings Horse Sanctuary [2015] EWCA Civ 581, which involved a appeal against a decision by the High Court last year, to allow a death bed...

Promises Promises - Can lead to inheritance!

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The High Court in London has this week had to make a decision in a very unusual inheritance dispute claim . The carer of a wealthy widow became involved in a dispute over her £1.3 million fortune, in a case which involved a genealogist from BBC show...

Court of Appeal victory for consumers in flight delay compensation claims

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The Court of Appeal has today handed down its judgment in the case of Huzar v Jet2.com. This case was brought to clarify the definition of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ in the context of flights that are delayed specifically due to technical...

Conveyancing solicitors jointly negligent in over-valuation of property

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The High Court in Manchester has recently made a very interesting decision in the case of E.Surv Ltd v Goldsmith Williams Solicitors [2014] EWHC 1104 (Ch). This was a claim brought by a surveyor against the solicitors that acted for the borrower...

Could 30% increase in cohabiting couples lead to an increase in inheritance claims?

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The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families has increased significantly, from 2.2 million in 2003 to 2.9 million in 2013. In 2013, there were 18.2 million families in...

High Court decision tightens undue influence Will challenges

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A recent High Court decision in the case of Re The Estate Of Francois Anthime Devillebichot [2013] EWHC 2867 (Ch) has provided guidance in bringing claims to challenge a Will on the basis of undue influence. Chloe Brennan brought a claim against the estate...

Solicitors firm found to be negligent in delaying to prepare a Will

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A recent case in the High Court has served as a very stark reminder to solicitors about the importance of not delaying the preparation of a Will, where the client is elderly and infirm. It also highlights the avenues open to disappointed...

'Hair' to a Fortune? - Adopted son of Vidal Sassoon cut out of his £100m estate

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This story caught my eye this week as it has been reported that the multi-millionaire hairstylist Vidal Sassoon has cut out his adopted son David out of any inheritance of his vast fortune. Sassoon died in May last year following a battle with leukaemia,...

Rise in inheritance disputes

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The number of people challenging contesting Wills left by their relatives or partners has risen by 38% over the past year, according to data from the High Court. This data shows that the number of court cases launched by people, including...