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
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 tax bills. Michael O’Sullivan, 58, has been friends with Matt Murphey, 85, for 29 years. The former, from Stoneybatter in North Dublin, is a divorcee with three adult children and... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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
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 of debate. Specifically, benefits of LPAs have been weighed up against those of deputyship, an alternative means of giving one person responsibility over another’s affairs if the... Read More
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 resulted in any assets within the trusts being available for enforcement by default.
In the recent case of Snook v London and West Riding Investments Ltd (2017), Lord Justice... Read More
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 to TMZ. After Hefner passed away at the age of 91 last week, early reports suggested that Harris could be left with nothing, thanks to an "iron-clad" prenup that prohibited her from... Read More
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