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Wills & Trusts Archive - March 2017

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Supreme Court unanimously allows charity appeals in Ilott v The Blue Cross and others

This morning the Supreme Court handed down the hotly anticipated judgment in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others, which unanimously found in favour of three animal charities in a long-running will dispute. Background to the case The case concerned the estate of Mrs Jackson, a woman who passed away in 2004, the majority of which was left... Read More

Imminent shake-up to death duties

Planned shake-ups to death duties have been subject to criticism in the media this week. On the 24th of February, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) confirmed its reforms of the current regime of fixed fees for non-contentious probate applications. The change coming in in May will see the largest estates hit by the maximum fee of £20,000. However the... Read More

Lessons from literary inheritance disputes

"Whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit," Dickens famously wrote of Bleak House's Jarndyce v Jarndyce. The lamentable failure to instruct a good family lawyer has made for many a memorable plotline, but what lessons can be learned from the disputes which have become the stuff of legend? Do not impersonate... Read More
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