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Wills & Trusts Archive - November 2017

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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 estate to his brother and nephew, rather than to his wife and child. The ruling has sparked the interest of many, highlighting what appears at first glance to be a potential cheap alternative... Read More

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 over the family’s stately home at Cirencester Park in Gloucestershire. The Dowager Countess, 86, is the second wife of the 8th Earl who divorced his first wife and mother of his three... Read More

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 August 2016. The late Duke was a close friend to members of the Royal family and boasted properties in London’s affluent Mayfair and Belgravia districts. He was also said to have owned a... Read More

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 dramatically changed his feelings towards the charity. The dispute with National Trust Michael Collins, a businessman who made millions as a property tycoon, made his will in 1990 and chose to leave... Read More
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