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.

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Editors' picks

Bruce Forsyth’s £17million fortune expected to pass entirely to wife Wilnelia

It has been reported that Bruce Forsyth’s will dictates that his whole estate, estimated to be £17 million, should be passed onto his wife, Wilnelia Merced.... Read More

Carrie Fisher’s whole estate to be passed to daughter, Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd is due to inherit Carrie Fisher’s personal and professional assets save for an extensive collection of memorabilia which will go on auction... Read More
Rolled up scroll of last will and testament.

Research suggests inheritances to rise by 60 percent in the next...

The annual total of inheritance in the UK will rise from the current level of £69 billion to £115 billion by 2027, according to new... Read More

Latest wills and trusts news

Edie Windsor

The estate tax dispute that helped usher in equal marriage rights: A look at...

The late Ms Windsor has been widely praised for paving the way for the nationwide legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United States.... Read More
Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth’s £17million fortune expected to pass entirely to wife Wilnelia

It has been reported that Bruce Forsyth’s will dictates that his whole estate, estimated to be £17 million, should be passed onto his wife, Wilnelia Merced.... Read More
Exterior of the Royal Courts of Justice

Deceased financier’s “greedy” former girlfriend loses High Court bid for his millions in Joseph...

A former girlfriend of Peter Cundill, has failed in her High Court bid to sue the financier's legal team after being refused payments from his trust fund... Read More

Simon Sugar, barrister at 1 Garden Court, on inheritance claims and the Family Bar

Vardags was delighted to welcome Simon Sugar from 1 Garden Court this morning to speak about inheritance claims and his work at the Bar... Read More
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Law Commission recommends overhaul of outdated wills system

The Law Commission last week published a new consultation paper urging reform of the 'outdated' law surrounding wills... Read More
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher’s whole estate to be passed to daughter, Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd is due to inherit Carrie Fisher’s personal and professional assets save for an extensive collection of memorabilia which will go on auction... 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. 

 
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