Disputed Wills

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

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

30 July 2018

Personal possessions and death

For most ordinary folk (me included) the cash value of their personal belongings ('chattels') is modest and will form but a tiny part of the overall value of an estate on death. But the sentimental value of specific items to individual family members, and the legal fees they might be prepared to spend haggling over who gets what, can be massive and wholly disproportionate.

Jim Sawer

15 June 2018

Knowledge approval claim fails because the circumstances surrounding the will were not suspicious

On 13 June the High Court handed down judgment in the case of Gupta v Aggrawala and others, a claim brought by Rakesh Gupta who alleged that his late mother’s will (which favoured Rakesh’s younger brother, Naresh) was invalid due to lack of knowledge and approval. Kingsley Napley acted for Naresh in successfully defending the claim, with the Judge concluding that Rakesh had not shown any suspicious circumstances at all in relation to the testatrix’s knowledge and approval of the will.

Kate Salter

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