Yearly Wills & Trusts Archives: 2017

Irish best friends marry to avoid paying inheritance tax

Irish ‘best friends’ marry to avoid paying inheritance tax

Two heterosexual men plan to tie the knot next month in Ireland in order to pass the more elderly man’s house onto the other without hefty inheritance... Read More

Unsent text message accepted as a valid will in Australia

Unsent text message accepted as a valid will in Australia

The Queensland Supreme Court last month recognised an unsent draft text message to be an official will. This resulted in the bequeathing of the deceased’s... Read More

9th Earl Bathurst and his stepmother battle over 8th Earl's will for Cirencester Park

9th Earl Bathurst and his stepmother battle over 8th Earl's will for Cirencester Park

Gloria, the Dowager Countess Bathurst, widow of the 8th Earl Bathurst (known as Henry ‘Barmy’ Bathurst) is involved in a legal battle with the current earl... Read More

The Duke of Westminsters 9 million inheritance prompts call for tax reform

The Duke of Westminster’s £9 million inheritance prompts call for tax reform

The death of the sixth Duke of Westminster has sparked renewed efforts to reform the way inheritance tax is levied. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor passed away in... Read More

National Trust to inherit millions from businessman with dementia despite his bitter feelings towards the charity

National Trust to inherit millions from businessman with dementia despite his bitter feelings towards the charity

The National Trust is set to inherit millions from a wealthy businessman, despite the fact that his will was written before a significant event that... Read More

Deputyship and last power of attorney: a comparison

Deputyship and last power of attorney: a comparison

The recent comments of retired Court of Protection judge Denzil Lush, warning of the risked posed by lasting power of attorney (LPA), have prompted a flurry... Read More

High Court rules that trusts owned by Putins banker Pugachev are a sham

High Court rules that trusts owned by ‘Putin’s banker’ Pugachev are a ‘sham’

Earlier this month in the High Court, Mr Justice Birss ruled that the trusts owned by the Russian businessman Sergei Pugachev, were in fact ‘shams’. This... Read More

Hugh Hefner's widow reportedly left with millions, despite being excluded from will

Hugh Hefner's widow reportedly left with millions, despite being excluded from will

Crystal Harris, the wife of the recently deceased Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, will take control of a Hollywood Hills home worth millions of dollars, according... Read More

Bruce Forsyths 17million fortune expected to pass entirely to wife Wilnelia

Bruce Forsyth’s £17million fortune expected to pass entirely to wife Wilnelia

It has been reported that national treasure Bruce Forsyth’s will dictates that his whole estate, estimated to be £17 million, should be passed onto his... Read More

Deceased financier's 'greedy' former girlfriend loses High Court bid for his millions in Joseph v Farrer & Co

Deceased financier's "greedy" former girlfriend loses High Court bid for his millions in Joseph v Farrer & Co

A former girlfriend of Peter Cundill, has failed in her High Court bid to sue the millionaire financier's legal team after being refused payments from his... Read More