19.1.2022 | Katie de Swarte

Does your will deal with cross-border assets?

If you own assets in more than one country, it’s important to make a robust Will that deals effectively...

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25.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Inheritance Claims CFA Success Fee Judgment

The Court of Appeal upholds the recoverability of CFA success fees in 1975 Act claims in the case of Hirachand v...

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20.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Evidence Needed When Contesting A Will

‘Scrap King’ Multi-million Inheritance Dispute Confirms the High Standard of Evidence Needed to Contest a Will   Gary Goodwin, son of...

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20.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Contentious Probate Dispute Surrounding Interpretation

The ‘nil rate band’ offers an incentive to testators to make their will in a tax-efficient manner, maximising the amount...

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20.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Handwriting Expert Witness Concludes Will Forgery

It’s not unheard of for an individual to forge someone’s will with the aim of securing an inheritance....

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20.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Contested Will Claim Succeeds on Capacity

A sad case in which a bereaved father made a will without the requisite mental capacity to do so has...

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20.10.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Contested Will Claim Against Estate Fails

The recent reported case of Shearer v Shearer highlights that adult children cannot expect an estate to support their affluent...

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14.9.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Dealing with a Contentious Probate Claim

Many people do not know what a contentious probate claim is until they have become embroiled in one. The root...

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12.5.2021 | Katie de Swarte

Writing a will stops loved ones being frozen...

An estimated 59% of the UK population have not made a will, so when one half of a couple dies unexpectedly,...

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27.11.2020 | Katie de Swarte

LPAs: How to prevent a loved one entrusting...

Record numbers of us are entrusting our finances to loved ones, with over 800,000 Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) registered a...

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