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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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A man has recently been removed as the deputy (the person appointed by the Court of Protection (COP) to look after the finances of someone else who lacks the ability to do so) for his long-term partner – for failing to file accounts. He was...
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Landlords with tenants who occupy their premises under assured shorthold tenancies will be affected by changes introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015 , which received the Royal Assent in March 2015. The commencement date for the changes has not yet been...
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Regrettably, cases in which the behaviour of an attorney for someone who is elderly or infirm is cause for an enquiry – and often an intervention – by the Public Guardian are increasingly common. An attorney has the responsibility always to act...
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Yet another case has come to court which illustrates the wisdom of cohabiting couples making a 'living together agreement' or formalising their respective rights over the property in which they live. It involved a couple who formed their relationship in...
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According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in place any mechanism for them to be dealt with after they die. With the average online asset value exceeding...

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