Private Client Law Blog

16 August 2019

Married couples - individual wills need a joint approach

The dispute over the estates of Leigh-on-Sea pensioners John and Marjorie Scarle was widely reported in the media this week. As a lawyer who prepares Wills, often for a couples in a second marriage, the case brought a double dose of sadly familiar disappointment.

Jim Sawer

16 August 2019

Who died first? Judgment handed down in Scarle v Scarle

This week HHJ Kramer handed down his judgment in the case concerning Mr and Mrs Scarle. The court was asked to consider the question as to which of them had died first in October 2016, after they were both found dead at their bungalow in Essex. 

Kate Salter

15 August 2019

Making gifts for tax planning purposes on behalf of someone lacking capacity

A recent ruling by the Court of Protection means that someone acting as a deputy for a person lacking capacity will in future be able to make gifts on their behalf for tax purposes, even if the person had not engaged in tax planning before losing capacity.

Sameena Munir

13 August 2019

Wills, inheritance tax and the middle-aged beneficiary

The average age at which a child inherits from their parents is now 61.  But what does that mean for the 'average' 61-year-old?

Jim Sawer

8 August 2019

Claudia’s Law in force: Helping the families of missing people

The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, more commonly known as ‘Claudia’s Law’, came into force on 31 July 2019 and will allow a guardian to be appointed to manage the affairs of a missing loved one.

Stephanie Mooney

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