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    News Category: Contentious probate

    • 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

    • 20 April 2021

      Disputing a Will: Q&A

      Unfortunately, the death of a person can lead to disputes over his or her Will or estate.  In our latest article, we review the process when disputing a Will and answer frequently asked questions. 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

    • 12 March 2021

      Widow Contests Handwritten Will

      Larry King’s Widow, Shawn Southwick King, set to contest handwritten will leaving his estate to his children. 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

    • 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

    • 8 June 2020

      Lockdown Diaries: personal development and a new way of working

      In the first of our series of Lawyer lockdown diaries, Steeles Law Private Client Solicitor reviews what the 12 weeks of working in lockdown has meant to her and her clients. Read more

    • 2 April 2020

      Coronavirus: Wills and Probate Frequently Asked Questions

      During these uncertain times of Covid-19, many people are wondering how they can make a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney. Read more