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How to prevent someone contesting a will
It is fairly rare in my experience for a parent to write a child out of their will but that...Read more
Gifting Property to Children
Can I gift property to my children? Gifting a property to your adult children is a relatively complex transaction but...Read more
Contentious Probate Case Studies
Contentious probate involving business assets Osbornes Law acts for the defendants to a claim issued to pronounce in favour of...Read more
Contesting A Will Case Studies
Will dispute on grounds of lack of capacity Our contesting a will solicitors acted for the claimants, the adult daughters...Read more
Funding of Probate disputes
Contentious Probate can be very expensive and clients often find it difficult to find the money to cover their legal...Read more
Worldwide Probate Dispute
The deceased died in Ireland leaving very considerable wealth and assets all over the world, including England, but without leaving...Read more
US/UK cross border probate
Our probate lawyers in London were instructed by a US-based widow of her late husband’s £8 million English estate. As...Read more
Dealing with Debts as an Executor
It is a common misconception that a person’s debts die with them. After you die your debts become the...Read more
What is reasonable financial provision in 1975 Act claims?
The long-running and high-profile case of Ilott v Mitson  UKSC 17 has finally come to an end with the decision of...Read more
Making a Will by video link
The Government has recently announced plans to allow for the witnessing of Wills and Codicils by video conferencing. This is...Read more
Plan your Estate ahead of the Autumn Budget
The issue of Inheritance Tax made the headlines recently after the Chancellor of the Exchequer was reported to consider raising...Read more
Left Out of A Will
I was left out of my mother’s last will and I am confident this was not her intention. What...Read more
Over the weekend the government announced plans to introduce legislation that will allow wills to be witnessed remotely via video. ...Read more
Transferring property to your children to avoid tax...
Gifting property to your children to avoid inheritance tax may appear to make financial sense but lawyers warn there are...Read more
Probate Applications – the latest on turnaround times
Until around 18 months ago, the turnaround time for grant of probate applications could be as little as 5 to 7 days if...Read more
Jan Atkinson, senior partner writes on personal financial...
Our Head of Wills, Probate and Estate Management at Osbornes Law has contributed to a special Finance Supplement on ‘Dealing...Read more
How to ensure money left in your will...
The coronavirus crisis has seen the public rally around the NHS which has benefitted from considerable fundraising efforts and donations...Read more
Jan Atkinson, Head of Wills, Probate and Estate...
The Sunday Times newspaper article. 19th April 2020, headlined “More families going to war over wills” provided an insight on recent...Read more
New landmark set in the Time Provision for...
In the judgment of the case of Thakare v Bhusate  EWHC 52 (Ch) handed down recently, the High Court upheld a...Read more
Property abroad? Beware of forced heirship rules
Whether it’s a holiday home, an investment property or a place you want to retire to, if you own...Read more
Delayed Introduction of Guardianship Legislation
The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 comes into force on 31 July 2019. This is a full 27 Months after the bill was given...Read more
Treasury collecting millions when no will has been...
Bona Vacantia is Latin for ‘ownerless goods’. Under a combination of common law and statute dating back to the Middle...Read more
Cross Border Issues – Wills and Succession
An increasing number of individuals have connections with more than one jurisdiction. Conflicting rules can significantly affect their estate planning...Read more
What are the rules of intestacy? It is estimated that between half and two-thirds of the adult population have not...Read more