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For people with substantial estates, the concern that the next generation might not deal wisely with a large inheritance is a common one. When the owner of a successful company had such a worry, he arranged for his will to be drafted in such a way as to...
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It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing with a wayward son who was appointed as attorney over his elderly mother's financial affairs. Unfortunately, he used...
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In a decision which represents a landmark victory for private landowners – and a serious blow to open countryside campaigners – the High Court has ruled that 19th Century officials who purported to create public rights of way under an 1801 Act...
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When a Spanish resident made his will, having arranged his affairs so as to avoid the compulsory inheritance laws that apply in Spain, he intended that his estate – worth nearly £400,000 – should go to the British National Party (BNP). ...
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In a recent case, the High Court ruled that a touring caravan which had been brought onto land and affixed permanently was not a 'dwelling-house'. The decision came after the owner of the caravan, who had resided permanently in it for six years without a...
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Cases involving the misuse of powers of attorney are turning up frequently in the courts and illustrate the wisdom of making sure that any person you appoint to act as an attorney to manage your affairs should you no longer be able to do so yourself is...
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You would think that where you enter into a contract to buy a property because you have relied on a statement or statements made by the vendor that turn out to be incorrect, you would have a very good case for compensation – but this is not always the...
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The fear that the local council will force the sale of the family home is a real one for many elderly people and their families. Recently, an attempt by a council to force the sale of a 92-year-old woman's house was prevented on the ground that the...
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In a case which vividly illustrates the difficulties faced by leaseholders wishing to take over management of their homes, residents of a block of luxury riverside apartments hit a fatal stumbling block when the Upper Tribunal (UT) ruled that the building...
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When a man's wife died, his decision to execute a new will less than a month later led to a legal challenge. Two earlier wills had made his wife his principal beneficiary and provided that, should she predecease him, his estate would go to her family. The...

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