Yearly Wills & Trusts Archives: 2015

Contesting a will: due execution

Contesting a will: due execution

There are various ways of contesting a will. One of these, as seen in the case of Royal National Institute for Deaf People and others v Turner EWHC 3301, is... Read More

An introduction to spousal bypass trusts

An introduction to spousal bypass trusts

A spousal bypass trust is effectively a pilot trust, set up by a settlor in his or her lifetime, to benefit their surviving spouse after death. The policy... Read More

Edwardian entails: what Downton Abbey can teach us about inheritance

Edwardian entails: what Downton Abbey can teach us about inheritance

When Patrick Crawley, the heir presumptive to the fictitious Downton Abbey, perished during the sinking of the Titanic, he initiated one of the most popular... Read More

Lucian Freuds will and the secret trust

Lucian Freud’s will and the secret trust

The celebrated painter Lucian Freud stated in his 1954 article ‘Some Thoughts on Painting’: "Whether it will convince or not, depends entirely on what it... Read More

Court of Protection: DGP Law v DGHP and others 2015

Court of Protection: DGP Law v DGHP and others [2015]

In the event that a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney is not set in place for a mentally incapacitated individual, a deputy will be... Read More

High court upholds will in favour of handyman

High court upholds will in favour of handyman

Drawing up a will is always a delicate process and how you choose to divide your assets is often viewed as a sign of your true feelings towards family and... Read More

Election promises on inheritance tax: 1 million tax free

Election promises on inheritance tax: £1 million tax free

The Coalition Government has decided not to increase the inheritance tax (IHT) exemption thresholds before the general election in May. However, at the weekend... Read More

The test for mental capacity when making gifts

The test for mental capacity when making gifts

"Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of society only because their intelligence isn’t understood" -Weihui Zhou, Shanghai... Read More