Elderly woman wins claim on her partner’s estate

April 6, 2018 2 comments

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A woman who received nothing in the will left by her partner of four decades has won a High Court case. Joan Thompson, 79, lived with the late Wynford Hodge for less than 42 years, but his will allocated his entire £1.5 million fortune to the tenants of one his properties. In the document, he…

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IKEA founder’s heirs won’t inherit his billions

February 2, 2018 2 comments

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The heirs of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad won’t inherit his fortune thanks to a unique series of trusts and holding companies. Swede Ingvar Kamprad founded the multinational furniture and homeware store as long ago as 1943, before the end of the Second World War. In its earliest incarnation it was a mail order firm and…

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Privy Council dismisses Caribbean bank account dispute

January 23, 2018 0 comments

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Funds held in joint bank accounts are subject to the arrangements set out in the opening documents, even if one of the holders subsequently dies, the Privy Council has ruled. In Whitlock v Moree, it considered an appeal from the Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The case concerned a joint bank account held…

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Edward VIII’s will ‘can be opened’ says President

November 17, 2017 0 comments

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The envelope containing the will of late monarch Edward VIII can be unsealed, Family Division President Sir James Munby has ruled. Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for less than a year before famously abdicating in December 1936. His desire to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson was considered unacceptable according…

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Aristocratic heir disputing father’s will with his widow

October 19, 2017 2 comments

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English aristocrat the 9th Earl of Bathurst is embroiled in a dispute over his father’s will with his widowed stepmother. Henry, the 8th Earl of Bathurst, divorced the mother of his three children in 1976. He later remarried and his 89 year-old second wife, Gloria, now carries the title Dowager Countess Bathurst. When Henry died…

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Will and probate regulations ‘need modernisation’

July 13, 2017 1 comment

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Wills and probate law is out of date and needs to be modernised the Law Commission has claimed. The Commission is an independent body tasked with reviewing legislation and recommending reform where necessary. Its review of wills legislation has now reached public consultation stage. Modern wills law dates back to the Victorian era, the Commission…

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Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

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A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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