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  1. Evidence Needed When Contesting A Will

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    ‘Scrap King’ Multi-million Inheritance Dispute Confirms the High Standard of Evidence Needed to Contest a Will   Gary Goodwin, son of self-made millionaire Tom Goodwin, recently claimed his late father’s £4...

  2. Contentious Probate Dispute Surrounding Interpretation

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    The ‘nil rate band’ offers an incentive to testators to make their will in a tax-efficient manner, maximising the amount available to beneficiaries. However, a recent ruling illustrates how the...

  3. Handwriting Expert Witness Concludes Will Forgery

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    It’s not unheard of for an individual to forge someone’s will with the aim of securing an inheritance. In a recent case, the combination of contradictory evidence from...

  4. Contested Will Claim Succeeds on Capacity

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    A sad case in which a bereaved father made a will without the requisite mental capacity to do so has clarified who bears the burden of proving testamentary capacity. In...

  5. Contested Will Claim Against Estate Fails

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    The recent reported case of Shearer v Shearer highlights that adult children cannot expect an estate to support their affluent lifestyles. In this case, a contested will claim for reasonable...

  6. Birth parent fails to overturn adoption order

    Blog article published: 20th October 2021

    Most adoption applications go through smoothly and it is only in the minority of cases that birth parents seek to oppose adoption orders. Reasons for opposing orders include the 26-week...

  7. The Same-Sex Divorce Process

    Blog article published: 19th October 2021

    What Happens When a Same-Sex Relationship Breaks Down? Recent news of Rylan Clark-Neal and Dan Neal’s divorce after failing to salvage their six-year marriage shows that sadly, sometimes things...

  8. What is a Decree Absolute?

    Blog article published: 19th October 2021

    A Decree Absolute is the final stage in divorce proceedings and the document that officially ends the marriage.  This article explores the ins and outs of the Decree Absolute to...