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    News Category: Contentious probate

    • 25 January 2021

      What are the grounds for contesting a Will?

      The rise in contested probate cases over recent years has been attributed to increasing wealth through greater property ownership and increased house prices, complex family relationships and a rise in homemade Wills.  Solicitors have been warned that Lockdown Wills could prompt a future wave of contentious probate claims, raising questions about the witnessing of documents and over undue influence and capacity. Read more

    • 6 January 2021

      New year, new Will? A time to get your legal affairs in order.

      As we welcomed in 2021, and a renewed sense of resolve to continue good practices made in our New Year resolutions, we consider how many people use this opportunity to get their legal affairs in order and the consequences of not reviewing when major changes occur in your personal life. Read more

    • 17 November 2020

      Part of Caroline Flack’s estate to go to charity despite not leaving a Will – what can we learn?

      The TV presenter and radio host, Caroline Flack, sadly took her life earlier this year whilst awaiting trial for an assault charge after an incident with her former partner, Lewis Burton. She was probably best known for her roles on Love Island and the X-factor. Read more

    • 24 October 2020

      Contesting a Will: Q&A

      Unfortunately, the death of a person can lead to disputes over his or her Will or estate. Whatever the size of the estate, there is always the possibility of complex, emotional and drawn-out disputes regarding contesting a Will.  Read more

    • 19 October 2020

      Coronavirus: Rise in contested probate?

      In 2019 the Business and Property Court in London saw an all time high in the number of contested probate cases with the amount being almost double the number of cases in 2016. Whilst the latest figures for the second quarter of 2020 (April – June) show a decrease in the number of cases from the first quarter (88, down from 116) it is expected that following the Coronavirus pandemic this number is likely to increase again. ** Read more

    • 15 March 2016

      Cutting family ties: Ilott v Mitson

      We are often asked to prepare Wills by clients who do not wish their children to benefit from their death. This can be for a variety of reasons but it is usually because they have either fallen out, or have been estranged for some time. Read more