Private Client Law Blog

15 July 2013

Implications of the new “Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme” – for clients and private client lawyers

Pity the private client lawyer.  Years of law school, years of training, years of hard-earned post-qualification exams – and someone down the pub still thinks he knows how to do your job better than you.

2 May 2013

Criticisms of the Court of Protection – are they justified?

In an article of 28 April 2013, the Daily Mail continues its campaign against the perceived inefficiencies and failings of the Court of Protection.  Simon Hardy discusses this article and helps demystify the Court of Protection. 

Simon Hardy

29 May 2012

Challenges to the validity of wills: beware of “homemade Wills”

Challenges to the validity of Wills are becoming more frequent, particularly in relation to homemade Wills and Wills not drafted by professionals. The most common challenges centre around allegations that the testator lacked testamentary capacity; was being placed under undue influence; or fraud.  However, recent cases have also shown claimants will increasingly seek declarations that a Will is invalid on the grounds of “want of knowledge and approval”.

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