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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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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
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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

“One day all of this will be yours”: lessons from literary...

"Whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit," Dickens famously wrote of Bleak House's  Jarndyce v Jarndyce. The lamentable failure to instruct a... 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Law Commission recommends overhaul of outdated wills system

The Law Commission last week published a new consultation paper urging reform of the 'outdated' law surrounding wills...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
Close up young woman with calculator counting making notes at home, hand is writes in a notebook. Savings, finances, concept.

Mrs Justice Roberts provides a helpful clarification of the law regarding sham trusts: ND...

In ND v SD & Ors [2017], Mrs Justice Roberts clarifies case-law on sham trusts and demonstrates the high standard of proof needed to establish them... Read More
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Baron’s daughter fails to inherit family estate thanks to “discriminatory” law

The eldest child of the late Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrook will not inherit her father's title or estate due to the laws of succession and... Read More
Alan Thicke with wife Tanya

Alan Thicke’s children in legal battle with stepmother over the late star’s estate

The recently bereaved relatives of Alan Thicke are mired in a messy dispute over the late Canadian actor and songmaker's estate. Thicke died suddenly... Read More
Rolled up scroll of last will and testament.

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

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
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