A man, whose late mother was swindled out of a substantial sum of money, has met with the Attorney General to discuss the possibility of bolstering the protection afforded to those who have lost mental capacity.
A divorcee, who split from his wife a decade ago, has been granted leave to challenge his deceased former mother-in-law’s Will.
Losing a loved one is devastating in itself, but the pain and upset of subsequent disputes over the validity of the Will they have left can cause significant delay in their estate being distributed, the incurring of sizeable legal fees and irreparable divisions within a family.
What do Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, ‘Sonny’ Bono, Michael Jackson and Prince have in common? Aside from being world famous musicians, the answer is that they all died without making Wills.
With the number of cohabiting couples rising, the Law Society has urged unmarried couples to update their Will and seek legal advice or risk losing everything in the event their partner dies.
A six-month pilot scheme has been launched, which sees the Court of Protection throw open its doors to the public and, for the first time, grant access to hearings which were previously held in the strictest of confidence.
Making a Will and ensuring that it stays up to date is vital. It is often the case that family members will either be asked or volunteer to assist their elderly relatives in sorting out their affairs, so that everything is arranged according to their wishes.
For decades, rumours have circulated regarding the abolition of deeds of variation. Following last March’s budget there were fears that the Chancellor might, as part of his review of Inheritance Tax (IHT), introduce tighter controls on the use of deeds of variation.
Families are being warned not to fall foul of a ‘hidden’ rule that means assets given away as many as 14 years before someone’s death could lead to inheritance tax (IHT) liabilities.
Solicitors remain the public’s first choice for wills, according to a new report.