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Divorce & The Inheritance Act
The Inheritance Act 1975 gives certain people the legal right to make a claim against a person’s estate for ‘reasonable financial provision’. However, a recent case, Sismey v Salandron, is the first-ever where this type of claim has reached trial. And it’s widely believed that the decision made in this case will affect estates involving…continue reading
Assessing Testamentary Capacity
For solicitors and Will writers, one of the most important parts of drawing up a Will is assessing a client’s fitness to make their Will, known as their ‘testamentary capacity. If the client is elderly or ill or has doubts about their capacity, how a practitioner establishes this is very important. Since the ’70s, it’s…continue reading
Can You Leave Your Estate to Anyone You Choose?
Fundamentally, English law upholds the principle of testamentary freedom. In other words, the person making a Will (known as the testator) can leave their estate to anyone they choose. However, there is an exception. In England, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 safeguards family members from being disinherited. Anyone eligible spouse, civil…continue reading
We’re buying a house – what’s involved in the conveyancing process?
Buying your first home is considered one of the most stressful things you can do. Costs can soon mount up. The jargon, obscure terminology and legalities can put your head into a spin. You’ll hear the term ‘conveyancing’ a lot before you pick up your keys. And the process can seem like an overwhelming prospect.…continue reading