On 25 July 2020, guidance was published by the Government regarding new legislation which will permit people to witness the signing of wills via video conference software such as Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This is the first relaxation of the legislation governing the mandatory formalities required when executing a will since The Wills... Read More
The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a unique conundrum; whilst the demand for will preparation services has increased dramatically in the last few weeks, with some authorities reporting a rise of over 70%, the Government requirements for social distancing have made the usual formalities for executing a will much more difficult to achieve.... Read More
It is believed that of the 21 million bitcoins in circulation, up to 4 million have been lost forever. Anonymous, unregulated and with irreversible transactions, in the cryptocurrency world, once access is lost, there is no retrieving it. Equally, once someone has logged into a wallet and sold on the contents, rightful owner or not,... Read More
A man from Fife serving a life sentence for murdering his mother has been the executor of her estate since her death. Ross Taggart bludgeoned and strangled his mother Carol to death in 2014. Her body was found hidden under a seaside caravan in Pettycur Bay, near Kinghorn, Fife three weeks later. Despite having been convicted for her... Read More
A judge in California has ended the battle over custody of Charles Manson’s remains by awarding custody to Jason Freeman, whom the court accepted was Manson’s grandson and next of kin. Manson, once leader of the ‘Manson Family’ cult that carried out several high-profile murders in the 1960s, died in a state hospital last November after... Read More
Legendary British comedian Sir Ken Dodd has got the last laugh after he married his long-term partner two days before his death, thereby avoiding substantial inheritance tax on his estate.
After a 64-year career, Sir Ken Dodd passed away at his home in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on Mother’s Day. The 90-year-old was checked-out of hospital on 27... Read More
The man who brought rock’n’roll to France, Johnny Hallyday, passed away near Paris last December, aged 74. After the country came together to mourn the national treasure, it has now emerged that he left his entire fortune to his fourth wife, Laeticia Hallyday, resulting in open outcry from his two adult children.
Born in Paris in 1943, Johnny... Read More
In the case of Whitlock v Moree, the Privy Council held that a surviving joint bank account holder is entitled to the beneficial interest in the monies held even when the deceased had paid the entirety of the funds into the account, absent special circumstances such as fraud. Monies held in joint bank accounts are subject to any arrangements set... Read More
The Ministry of Justice has launched the Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme for those who were overcharged for their arrangements between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. Those eligible were able to start applying for a partial refund from 1 February using an online service run by the Office of the Public Guardian.
A lasting or enduring power of... Read More
The mistress of late millionaire Baldhev Kohli is challenging his will on behalf of their young daughter, in a battle concerning the deceased’s apparent double life across the UK and India.
The case sees Melissa Proles fighting Mr Kohli’s wife, Harjeet Kaur Kohli, for a share of the £2.5 million fortune the deceased left to his wife. Mrs... Read More
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