Private Client Law Blog

9 October 2018

Civil partnerships, siblings and the inheritance tax dilemma

Theresa May last week bowed to mounting pressure and announced prospective legislation to extend to opposite-sex couples the right to enter into a civil partnership, previously an option only for same sex couples.

Jim Sawer

17 September 2018

£6m gift for son of woman with dementia

In the recent judgment of PBC v JMA and others, Judge Hilder authorised an application by an attorney to make gifts from his mother’s estate in excess of £7m, including £6m to himself.

Sameena Munir

3 September 2018

Why should you make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

People in the UK are living longer than ever before. This is good news, but it brings with it a multitude of problems. The Alzheimer’s Society report that there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. With these eye watering figures in mind, it is becoming increasingly important that you make clear what should happen in the event that you lose capacity to manage your own affairs.

Stephanie Mooney

31 August 2018

Minor children and reasonable financial provision

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”) enables a child of the deceased to make a claim against his or her estate provided that they can show that they were financially dependent on the deceased and that the deceased did not make adequate provision for them in their will (or by an intestacy).

Katherine Pymont

6 August 2018

Capacity on the cobbles, Coronation Street’s inheritance dispute storyline

Can depression invalidate a will? Anna Metadjer blogs about the importance of challenging a will at the outset and to obtain specialist legal advise.

Anna Metadjer

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