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Making a verbal family agreement over the distribution of one's estate and then trusting that everything will be sorted out amicably by the family shows a very considerable degree of optimism, as a recent case illustrates. It involved yet another family...
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The dangers of being unprepared for the possible consequences of something as seemingly innocuous as a garden bonfire were brought home by a case which ended up in the Court of Appeal . The Court has exonerated a businessman who was sued for more than...
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A high net worth pensioner, who was reluctant to give up control of his fortune and laid down intricate conditions before signing a lasting power of attorney (LPA), has struck a blow for the right of everyone to choose how their assets should be dealt with...
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City dwellers who are disturbed by 'party venues' sprouting up around them can take comfort from a guideline High Court decision which reinforced the powers of local authorities to quell noise nuisance and late night drinking. A restaurateur had turned...
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A recent court case shows the wisdom of ensuring that there is effective supervision of anyone acting under a power of attorney, especially if substantial assets are involved. The case involved a lady, now in her 80s and suffering from dementia, who lives...
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A surprising decision by the Court of Appeal to award a daughter who had been deliberately excluded from her mother's will a substantial settlement from her estate will be unwelcome news to anyone keen to disinherit a family member in similar...
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Failing to meet the timetable imposed on court proceedings is very unwise, as a property owner has found out to his considerable cost . He was involved in a long-running dispute with a builder over the value of work undertaken by a subcontractor with...
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A kindly builder, who was rewarded with a £470,000 inheritance after befriending a pensioner and mending his leaking gutters for free, can keep the money after a judge dismissed a challenge to the deceased's will brought by his family. The pensioner...
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Although she had separated from her husband more than 20 years previously, a woman who died of a brain tumour in 2010 had not yet completed the settlement of the financial side of her divorce when she died. Since the separation, she had taken up with a man...
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With the benefit of expert advice, a flat dweller who stood her ground and refused to move out of her leasehold property to make way for redevelopment of the property has been awarded more than £270,000 in compensation after her home was compulsorily...

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