Private Client Law Blog

15 November 2017

Death, Dubai and registering Wills in English through the DIFC

On Tuesday 31st October, the UAE government introduced a new law (Law No. 15 of 2017) which officially recognises that non-Muslims with assets in Dubai can register a Will in English under ‘internationally recognised common law’.

Stephanie Mooney

9 November 2017

Wills, probate and inheritance: 7 English and French tips

With the recent wave of independence movements, never before in my lifetime has it seemed so important for the English and French to understand each other. In this spirit of mutual understanding I have set out below some key succession and inheritance differences between England and France. From my experience, when you can see, or even better, anticipate, an issue from the other side of the Channel before it becomes a problem, differences diminish and harmonious solutions become possible.

Joseph Austin TEP

20 October 2017

Homemade wills and deathbed gifts – are they easier to challenge?

Homemade wills are, generally, easier to challenge. There are a number of things which a court will be looking for when it considers whether a testator was capable of making a will. Firstly, the person must have the requisite mental capacity to make a will. They must also know and approve the contents of that will.  

Laura Phillips

18 October 2017

Taxing times on divorce and the family home

For most divorcing couples, how to deal with the family home will be an important issue. It may be agreed or ordered by the court that the jointly owned family home will be sold. More often, one of the parties will remain in the home (especially if there are young children) on one of the following bases.

Jim Sawer

16 October 2017

Lasting Powers of Attorney and jointly owned property

There are currently around 2.4 million Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs) registered in England and Wales. This figure is set to rise with an increasingly aged population and attendant increased risk of more and more people losing the mental ability to deal with their financial affairs. It’s estimated that 850,000 people in the UK already suffer from dementia.

Christina Orthodoxou

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