Duncan Watson

Duncan is a solicitor who works across the Stowe Family Law’s Harrogate, Wetherby, and Leeds offices.

He advises clients on wills, estate administration, probate, tax, trusts and lasting powers of attorney.

He has written several articles in legal publications and is a contributing author to a forthcoming legal textbook.

Wills and the forfeiture rule

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January 18, 2016 0 comments

wills and probate

There is a long held rule that criminals should not profit from their crimes – the so called ‘forfeiture rule’. Specifically, the forfeiture rule applies in cases where someone stands to profit from an act of murder or manslaughter. The rule is clear in the case of murder: where one person murders another they cannot…

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Challenging a will before death

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December 20, 2015 3 comments

prenuptial agreement

Wills left behind by the dearly departed sometimes can disappoint friends and relatives. Perhaps the deceased person gave everything to one child and nothing to another, or they decided to leave their money to charity instead of their spouse. When such contentious bequests are made, it is not uncommon for the will to be disputed….

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Prenups, parents and pressure

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November 17, 2015 15 comments

homeownership, inheritance

Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular, and parents appear to be the driving force behind it. With house prices relentlessly on the rise, many young couples find it very difficult to buy a home for the first time and some are turning to their parents for help. However, recent reports from The Guardian and the…

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International wills: what is Brussels IV?

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September 20, 2015 3 comments

EU, family law

Making a will can be a complicated enough process at the best of times. This only increases once there is an international element to it. What happens to someone’s estate if they have property and assets in other EU countries such as France and Spain? This is where Brussels IV comes in. What’s that? Brussels…

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Disputing an inheritance

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July 10, 2015 0 comments

wills and probate

In the first of a special two part series, solicitor Duncan Watson examines how and why families dispute wills and inheritances. Once relatively rare, wills and inheritance disputes have become increasingly common in 21st Century Britain. The latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics are startling: in the seven short years between 2006…

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A battle of wills

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January 10, 2015 0 comments

wills and probate

As a specialist in wills, trusts and estates, I have seen a dramatic increase over the last few years in the number of wills being disputed by disappointed family members. People are much more aware of the legal options open to them. This makes it all the more vital to obtain the right legal advice…

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General vs lasting powers of attorney

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November 8, 2014 0 comments

power of attorney

The legal term ‘power of attorney’ can sound rather daunting when first encountered. Perhaps your solicitor has raised it as a possibility you may wish to consider, or a relative has been researching the topic. Perhaps you yourself are worried about future prospects and have begun to explore your options. At its simplest, a power…

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