Private Client Law Blog

6 April 2017

‘Real doubt’ whether Lord Chancellor’s probate fee increase is lawful

The government’s announcement earlier this year that probate fees were set to increase by an incredible 12,900% from 1 May 2017 has been severely criticised by a parliamentary joint committee. 

Dr Rosa Malley

24 March 2017

It’s my money! Why isn’t my Deputy listening to me?

‘It’s my money! Why isn’t my Deputy listening to me?’ is the title of a talk I am giving at Naidex at the NEC in Birmingham next week.  Naidex is Europe's largest trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment and it takes place between 28-30th March.

Simon Hardy

23 March 2017

Charity begins at home? – how to cut a child out of your will

The Supreme Court’s decision  in Ilott v Mitson has been reported in all the papers; you’ve probably read about it.

A daughter, Heather Ilott, long estranged from her mother, and in impecunious circumstances,  was left nothing in her mother’s will, which passed the whole estate to three animal charities. Heather made a claim for “reasonable financial provision” from  her mother’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Heather had originally been awarded £50,000 by the Court; the Court of Appeal increased the award substantially; the Supreme Court reinstated the award at first instance.

Jim Sawer

22 March 2017

Deputyship – providing day to day support in the management of finances, property and affairs

As a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection, it is our job to manage  the day to day running of the  finances, property and affairs of someone who lacks capacity to do so themselves.  It is the Deputy’s responsibility to act in the best interests of our client at all times and safeguard his/her assets. 

Sophie Cook

21 March 2017

Providing daily support to a Deputy

What is so interesting about acting for Deputyship clients? How do you get involved in this (still not) particularly well known and yet extremely rewarding area of the law?

Sameena Munir

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