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    News Category: Contentious probate

    • 6 October 2021

      Prince Phillip’s Will to be kept Private – Can I do the same with mine?  

      Prince Phillip, the late husband of the Queen, passed away earlier this year. The High Court has now ruled that his Will is to remain private for at least 90 years to provide the Queen "dignity and standing". Read more

    • 12 July 2021

      Contested Probate cases continue to rise, but at what cost?

      Families are prepared to contest Wills despite the initial outlay in expenses, with over a quarter of Brits being ready to challenge a loved ones will, if they were unhappy with the contents. Read more

    • 16 April 2021

      Carole Baskin and the forged Will

      The “Tiger King”, aka Joe Exotic, hit our screens once in a new feature length film by documentary maker, Louis Theroux. Louis first interviewed Joe back in 2011, when he made a series about America’s most dangerous pets. In the new documentary, he returns to Oklahoma to explore what has happened since his last visit. Read more

    • 9 April 2021

      Contested Probate and the Forfeiture Rule

      Like me, many of you will have been turning to video streaming services in your spare time during lockdown 3.0. This weekend, I watched White House Farm on Netflix which was originally broadcast on ITV. It’s safe to say, I was hooked from the first episode and I am not ashamed to admit, I watched the full series over the course of the weekend. So, you are probably thinking, why is a solicitor writing about what she has been watching at the weekend? Read more

    • 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