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When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the residue' – was left to four charities. Because of the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT), there would have been...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should warn those engaged in legal disputes that the 'loser pays costs' rule in litigation is not a hard and fast one and that if the winner unreasonably refuses to mediate, they may end up carrying...
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A woman who sold her mother's house in order to buy her a more suitable home has been left with a large legal costs bill as a result of her action. Her mother is incapacitated by dementia and unable to look after her own affairs. The resulting court case ...
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In a ground-breaking decision, which represents very bad news for private property owners , a builder who spotted an opportunity and took over a long-empty home more than ten years ago has struck a significant blow for squatters' rights. The High Court...
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A mother who decided to change her will at a birthday party attended by all her children except the one disadvantaged by the change had the mental capacity to do so, despite suffering from mild dementia, the Court of Appeal has ruled . The woman had, over...
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Sometimes, the fact that legal issues can take a long time to reach court means that the circumstances which gave rise to the proceedings have changed significantly by the time the dispute is heard. That was the case when a city council sought repossession...
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An 'extraordinary saga' that began in a seaside hotel more than 50 years ago – and ended with a bitter dispute between elderly ladies over a £2 million architectural gem on the Cornish Riviera – has been finally brought to an end by a...
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In a reminder to property buyers that a full structural survey can often be well worth the money, a woman who had to have major work done to prop up her home has suffered a costly defeat in her fight for compensation from her mortgage lender. The detached...
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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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