Wills and trusts news

Here you can follow Vardags’ latest news on wills and trusts, examining prominent cases, legal developments and other intricacies from both the UK and overseas. Covering the most engaging headlines from the private client world involving onshore and offshore trusts, inheritance and probate, we aim to be a helpful resource and a thought-provoker for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

See our Law Guides for more about trusts, how they are treated on divorce and your rights.

Editors' picks

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... Read More

National Trust to inherit millions from businessman with dementia despite his...

National Trust is set to inherit millions from a wealthy businessman, despite the fact that he changed his mind before his death... Read More

Hugh Hefner’s widow reportedly left with millions, despite being excluded from...

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... Read More

Latest wills and trusts news

Mobile phone

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... Read More
Cirencester Park

9th Earl Bathurst and his stepmother battle over 8th Earl’s will for Cirencester Park

Dowager Countess Bathurst is involved in a legal battle with the current earl over the family’s stately home at Cirencester Park... Read More
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor

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... Read More

National Trust to inherit millions from businessman with dementia despite his bitter feelings towards...

National Trust is set to inherit millions from a wealthy businessman, despite the fact that he changed his mind before his death... Read More
Sergei Pugachev

High Court rules that trusts owned by ‘Putin’s banker’ Pugachev are a ‘sham’

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’.... Read More

Hugh Hefner’s widow reportedly left with millions, despite being excluded from will

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... Read More

You may be eligible for a litigation loan

If your spouse controls the family finances, you may be worried about how to find the money for your legal fees during a divorce. But this need not prevent you from accessing the best legal advice to fight for what you deserve. 

Whether you and your spouse built-up your fortune during your marriage, you married someone who already had money or you have had a child with someone with money, it is likely that you are entitled to very significant assets or income. But accessing this wealth now that you are separated may be difficult, restricting your ability to afford the very best legal representation for you and your family during your divorce.

What options are available to fund my case?

If your spouse is not prepared to pay your divorce fees, you may be eligible for a litigation loan. This specific type of lending allows you to secure any assets that you or your partner have, such as your former matrimonial home, against a loan that will cover your legal fees. This loan is then paid back at the end of the case.

A litigation loan is rigorous and transparent, and will grant you access to a top divorce lawyer who will ensure that you get your fair share. Vardags is experienced in securing litigation funding for its high net worth clients and has strong relationships with a select pool of the very best funders around. We also know when best to apply, and exercise careful judgement in determining when to pursue claims.

Vardags are ready to help

Vardags can advise in detail on the options available at your first consultation. We offer a free initial consultation, without obligation, to clients who have family assets greater than £1 million or income of greater than £150,000 per annum. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 to arrange your consultation — it’s never too early or too late to take expert legal advice. 

 
London

020 7205 5792

[email protected]

10 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7NG

Cambridge

01223 581175

[email protected]

1 Saint Mary's Passage Cambridge, CB2 3PQ

Manchester

0161 956 3838

[email protected]

King Street Manchester, M2 4WU

Newcastle

0191 401 8575

[email protected]

Earl Grey House Newcastle, NE1 6EF

Winchester

01962 706005

[email protected]

87 Canon Street Winchester, SO23 9JQ

International

+44 207 404 9390

[email protected]

10 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7NG

Qualifying Individuals

Vardags specialise in cases involving high net worth individuals, their families and their companies.  Free consultations are offered for clients with net assets in excess of £2million or involved in other high value disputes.
24 Hour Emergency Legal Representation. Call Vardags London: 020 7404 9390
If you need a lawyer immediately because a person has been taken into custody or involved in an incident, Vardags can provide emergency legal cover at any time. We offer a swift response in person, anywhere in London or within the M25. Outside that area we may still be able to help. Call our confidential 24 hour enquiry line for immediate help.If you have been arrested or you are the subject of a dawn raid we strongly recommend you have a lawyer present in order to advise you on your options in dealing with police and other investigating bodies and to ensure your rights are protected. Note that we normally charge £350 per hour including travel time and our fees in connection with emergency legal services will usually be a minimum of £2,000 + VAT.
*All enquiries are completely confidential. We do not handle Legal Aid cases. Our lawyers do not undertake criminal work on a no win, no fee basis.

Free consultation for qualifying individuals*

Enter your contact details or:

Call Vardags London: 020 7404 9390

Email: [email protected]

Our confidential enquiry line is staffed 24 hours a day.

*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

We will only use your information to respond to your enquiry.

*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

Call Vardags London: 020 7404 9390

Our confidential enquiry lines are staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.