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Ilott v Mitson: the Supreme Court decision – what does this mean for claims by adult children under the Inheritance Act 1975?

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Now that the Supreme Court have handed down their judgment on this case, and the matter has been reviewed by many contentious probate practitioners, we can look at what the judgment says and what effect it will have for other adult childen who wish to make a claim against their parent’s Estate. The case of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Plans to increase probate fees have been halted

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Until recently the Ministry of Justice has pushed ahead with its plans to increase the fees for probate from May 2017. The Grant of Probate is not necessary for all estates in England and Wales, but it is the authority that enables the Executors to deal with someone’s possessions after he or she has passed… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How can I protect my Will?

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Fraudulent and disputed Wills are very serious cases. One example was recently reported of a deceased man who lived alone in a Cardiff suburb, whose estate was valued at £320,000, just under the inheritance tax limit of £325,000. Three women came forward, who claimed to have found his handwritten Will while cleaning his house. In… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Probate fees set to increase by £20,000


On 24 February 2017 the Ministry of Justice announced that it intends to proceed with its proposals to increase probate fees from the current flat rate to a banded rate where the fees increase in line with the value of the estate. As a result, the cost of obtaining a Grant of Probate or Letters… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

“If I die, Pete gets everything!” Er… no Katie, he won’t.

London, UK. Katie Price at the launch photocall to mark the publication of her latest autobiography, Reborn, released tomorrow. Held at The Worx, Parsons Green, London on September 21st 2016.
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During a panel discussion on Monday’s Loose Women show, former glamour model Katie Price revealed that she has not updated her Will since she split from her ex-husband Peter Andre in 2009. The panel was discussing what arrangements parents should make for the care of their children in the event of their death. Ms Price… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs…

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The British think of themselves as an animal loving nation believing that a house cannot be a home without at least one, and preferably two furry friends in occupation. But it was a Frenchman, Charles de Gaulle who said this, showing that perhaps we have more in common with our continental neighbours than we think!… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Assisted Dying Bill 2015 – a slippery slope to Soylent Green?

Euthanasia issues and concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept.

Some of readers may have seen or heard of the 1973 science fiction film Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston. For those that haven’t, the year is 2022 with the world overpopulated, suffering from pollution, depleted resources, poverty and all year humidity due to the greenhouse effect. The food “soylent green” (little green biscuits) is rationed… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ilott v Mitson and others – Challenging a Will

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The recent case of Ilott V Mitson and others [2015] EWCA Civ 797 has upheld the challenge by a disinherited daughter to seek financial provision from the Estate of her estranged mother, but increased the award given to the daughter. This case has helped clarify the law in contentious probate and drawn the public’s attention… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Does charity always begin at home?

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Last week the papers and airwaves were full of outrage at the Court of Appeal decision in the long running matter of Mrs Jackson and her estranged daughter Mrs Ilott. From what I heard on the radio, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this case introduced a form of forced inheritance for children who are… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

So – is there really now a £1 million threshold for inheritance tax?

Papers with inheritance tax and testament form

In his recent (and first Conservative) budget, the Chancellor George Osborne introduced a new plan to increase the threshold for inheritance tax which, when fully implemented, will mean that in some cases a couple will be able to leave estate of up to £1million to their heirs without paying inheritance tax, as opposed to the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)