Category Archives: Wills and Probate

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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Digital Legacy Planning

Whilst we deal with our bank accounts, property etc in our wills, the repeated question is what happens to our online accounts and assets upon our death? These accounts and assets can include our Paypal accounts, online gambling accounts, Facebook … Continue reading

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Death Bed Gifts – Can dying wishes be challenged?

Often when dealing with will or beneficiary disputes we hear claims of the deceased, in their final days, telling their family and friends what they want them to have when they die, even if this contradicts their will or the … Continue reading

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