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Wills & Trusts Archive - February 2018

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French rock’n’roller Johnny Hallyday’s adult children fight over €100m inheritance

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

Whitlock v Moree: inheriting joint bank accounts

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

Government launches power of attorney refund scheme after 4 years of overcharging

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
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