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
An appeal was made by Mrs Lewis, daughter of Mrs Blackwell, the deceased, against an order of the court. This order dictated that Mrs Blackwell’s property was to be transferred to her partner, Mr Warner, for the value of the property. The decision was made pursuant to Mr Warner’s claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and... Read More
A hearing in downtown Los Angeles marked the start of a courtroom fight for control over notorious cult leader Charles Manson's estate and bodily remains on Monday. Following Manson's death from cardiac arrest in November last year, reports of two unverified wills emerged. The first, dated February 2002, allegedly names Manson's... Read More
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