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Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How can I protect my Will?

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)

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

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)

Ilott v Mitson and others – Challenging a Will

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?

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)

A guide to digital legacies

Our digital legacies are fast becoming big news in the media. Times are changing and we are putting more and more sentimental things online. There are also valuable assets that we may hold online and these all need to be protected so that our personal representatives can access them if there is the need or… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Death in the Digital Age

When I started writing Wills, back in the dark ages, students checked libraries for information and pub quizzes were a test of memory, not stealth phone checking. I very clearly remember being taught how to send an email, and when the office got its first networked computer receiving about one message a week. Then the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How Much Do I Love Thee…?

So, Valentine’s Day is approaching and the shops are full of heart-covered cards, fluffy teddy bears, chocolates and red roses. It seems that every year people compete to spend as much as they can on proving to others how deeply they feel for them in expensive yet transient ways. But a more permanent way that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

More from “The Archers” – where there’s a Will, there’s a disappointed brother…

As faithful readers may recall, I have blogged about the Archers before and the show is, after all, designed to reflect everyday life. A recent storyline involved Ed Grundy and his family, who have been staying with his girlfriend Emma’s parents for a while due to lack of funds, taking a tenancy of a house… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)