Do You Have The Capacity To Write A Will? Posted by David West, 24/05/2016

Do You Have The Capacity To Write A Will?

Do You Have The Capacity To Write A Will? What are the implications of Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37? This case involved an elderly woman with moderate to severe dementia who made two wills in 2003 and 2005, with the second contested on capacity grounds. It provides the latest statement from the ... read more

Dying Intestate Posted by David West, 24/05/2016

Dying Intestate

Dying Intestate The Citizens Advice Bureau says that the number of queries it has received about problems as a result of people dying without a Will (“intestate”) has more than doubled in the past five years. They received 3,747 calls relating to intestacy in 2015, up from 1,522 in 2011... read more

Mediation of Contested Wills Posted by David West, 04/03/2016

Mediation of Contested Wills

Mediation of Contested Wills Mediation is a process which can be adopted by parties to a dispute with a view to resolving it relatively quickly, cheaply and sometimes in imaginative ways which the court would not be able to deploy. It is particularly useful in disputes where emotions are running hig... read more

Probate Costs Set To Rise Posted by David West, 23/02/2016

Probate Costs Set To Rise

Probate Costs Set To Rise The UK government is planning a huge hike in probate fees in a bid to raise a further £250m a year. The flat fee of £215 is set to be replaced with a new tiered system of charges. Some could end up paying as much as £20,000 on estates in excess of £... read more

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