Category Archives: Wills and Probate

Can we pre-empt a change in the law for assisted suicide in Lasting Powers of Attorney?

At present, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for health and welfare allows a donor to decide whether they give consent for their attorneys to make decisions regarding their life sustaining treatment. However, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) brought … Continue reading

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Reforming the Law on Wills – Time For Change?

In recent years the Law Commission have made clear their view that the law relating to wills should be updated and brought into the modern age. While this is still under review, the circumstances of the recent case of Ubbi … Continue reading

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Cutting a cohabitee out of your will?

The recent case of Thompson v Raggett has highlighted the risks of cutting a cohabitee out of your will.  In this case Ms Thompson had lived with her partner, Mr Hodge, for over 40 years. Over the years Mr Hodge … Continue reading

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Disappointed Beneficiaries – The importance of seeking early advice

In January the case of Sargeant v Sargeant decided that after 10 years since Probate was granted for her husband, the Claimant (Mrs Mary Sargeant) did not have permission to bring a claim against her husband’s estate. The Inheritance (Provision … Continue reading

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Five Alternatives to a standard burial

Around the world over 150,000 die every day and as space for traditional burials becomes sparse (it is estimated that half of the UK’s cemeteries will be full by 2020) cremation has been the growing alternative; seen as potentially more … Continue reading

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Ilott v The Blue Cross and others – Back to the drawing board for disinherited beneficiaries?

Melita Jackson died in 2004 at the age of 70 leaving nearly £500,000 to the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cutting her estranged daughter, … Continue reading

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Tax Planning Queries – Who to Listen to?

It is common for us to sit and chat over a cup of tea about what one person has heard or been told, but is it always right to take tax advice from a friend over a cup of tea? … Continue reading

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The importance of Advance Directives and Lasting Powers of Attorneys

You may have heard of the recent case in the news where a judge ruled that Paul Briggs, who suffered a severe brain injury from a motorcycle crash in 2013, should be allowed to die.  The case was prompted by … Continue reading

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The use of videos to say goodbye

An increasingly popular online tool is the use of ‘ethical will videos’.  These ‘ethical wills’ are being used by people around the world to pass on life lessons and values and leave important messages in their own words to others … Continue reading

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Cryopreservation, death and taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes” Benjamin Franklin.  What if this were no longer true in the case of death? A landmark case was recently won by a 14 year old girl … Continue reading

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