Trusts are complex legal instruments and any flaws in the wording of documents relating to them can have grave tax and other consequences.
Probate & Estates
The task of administering your estate after your death will be made all the harder if your will is not drafted with the precision that only a professional can provide.
If a man had listened to his solicitor’s repeated advice to make a Will, his children would have avoided a sea of trouble after his death.
If your home is owned by a loved one you may feel secure, but you can be left in an extremely precarious position if he or she dies.
The High Court came to the aid of an elderly farmer whose interest in a family company was undermined by his two younger brothers.
A judge ruled on an unusual dispute between a mother and a widow concerning the burial of a young man who died in a road traffic accident.
The question of where an individual is domiciled is often of crucial legal significance. However, as a High Court ruling in the context of an international Will dispute showed, the concept of domicile can be highly slippery and has much more to do with a person’s state of mind than it has to do with residence.
Failing to put your affairs in order in your declining years is an invitation to conflict and needless expense after you are gone.
Wills can and often are challenged by dependents who think they should have received more from an estate than they get and in this case bought before a court, a daughter thought she should have a larger share of her aristocrat father’s £1.3 million estate.