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Fourteen disappointed children unsuccessful in challenging father’s Will
Fourteen disappointed children unsuccessful in challenging father’s Will

The High Court has provided guidance on best practice for those preparing Wills when considering a recent Will challenge in Kassim & Others v Saeed [2019]. Mr Dhalei, the testator, died in...

Inheritance dispute over which parent died first reaches conclusion
Inheritance dispute over which parent died first reaches conclusion

The tragic case of Estate of James Scarle v Estate of Marjorie Scarle (2019) came to a conclusion in the summer of 2019 when the Court upheld the Commorientes rule and ordered that James Scarle died...

Millions says they would challenge an inheritance – but what are the options if you have concerns?
Millions says they would challenge an inheritance – but what are the options if...

At the beginning of last year the Independent reported that more than 12.6 million Britons would challenge an inheritance if they were unhappy with the result. This staggering number, identified by a...

Probate Fraud
Probate Fraud

Contentious probate specialist, Charlotte Dullaway, recently caught up on the latest documentary from the Catching a Killer team which explores the investigations following a chilling probate...

Time limits in Inheritance Act claims
Time limits in Inheritance Act claims

Section 4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 imposes a strict time of six months from the date of the Grant of Probate. If you want to issue a claim after six months...

The importance of an Inventory
The importance of an Inventory

As of June 2019, tenancy deposits have been capped at no more than 5 week’s rent (where the annual rent is up to £50,000) under The Tenant Fees Act 2019. This is one of the measures...

Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession
Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession

Adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the identified legal owner of land can acquire legal title by possessing land for a specific period of time. The following need to be...

Defending a claim under the Inheritance Act
Defending a claim under the Inheritance Act

If you are a beneficiary or a personal representative it can come as a shock to learn of a claim against the estate. You may be unsure of what you should do and how you can protect the estate from...

Bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act
Bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act

When someone close to you dies and does not provide for you either within their Will or under the Intestacy Rules you may wonder if there is anything you can do. Whilst the starting point is that...

Challenging the validity of a Will
Challenging the validity of a Will

Disappointed beneficiaries often query whether they can contest a Will. Not being named within a Will is not sufficient grounds to challenge it, regardless of how frustrating it may be. A failure to...