Inheritance claims

18 October 2019

Knowledge and approval - When is a will suspicious?

When is a will suspicious? 

If the circumstances surround the making of a will appear to be suspicious, parties may consider bringing a claim for want of knowledge and approval.

Kate Salter

5 September 2019

A reminder on costs in the context of probate litigation and the importance of mediation

The most recent decision in the case of Christopher Burgess v Jennifer Penny & anr [2019] EWHC 2034 (Ch) serves as a useful reminder that the principles applicable to costs in the context of probate litigation are different from the costs of other litigation and the importance of mediation.

Katherine Pymont

12 August 2019

The tragic death of Peter Farquhar: an extreme case of undue influence?

Following the recent case  involving Ben Fields, Katherine explains how a 'potential undue influence claim' could protect the estate of the elderly or vulnerable.

Katherine Pymont

12 August 2019

Good news for potential claimants in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims

Earlier this year we reported on the case of Cowan v Foreman, [2019] EWHC 349 Fam and the decision of Mr Justice Mostyn to refuse Mary Cowan an extension of time to bring a claim 17 months out of time against her late husbands estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Katherine Pymont

19 July 2019

Increase in legacies in Wills, increase in legacy disputes? Part 5 - Proprietary Estoppel

Part 5 of our charitable legacy disputes series looks at proprietary estoppel claims.

Katherine Pymont

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