Elderly woman wins claim on her partner’s estate

April 6, 2018 2 comments

inheritance

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

wills and probate

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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Tunisia pushes for ‘radical’ marriage law changes

September 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Tunisian government is going ahead with plans that would radically change the country’s marriage and inheritance laws. President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced that these changes include allowing women to marry non-Muslims and to give them equal inheritance rights to men. He said it was the government’s duty to “to achieve full equality between…

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Living together in Serbia

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August 16, 2017 1 comment

cohabitation

Cohabitating relationships have existed for a very long time and over time they have come to be valued differently – both legally and morally. Here in Serbia, cohabitation was given an equal footing with marriage by the Serbian Family Law Act (in Serbian Porodični Zakon) in 2005 and then by the Constitution of Republic of…

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Colombia recognises three-man marriage

June 15, 2017 0 comments

family law

Colombia has legally recognised a marriage between three men in a polyamorous relationship. The South American nation only legalised gay marriage last year but this week took a further step in allowing these men to officially be seen as a family. Actor Victor Hugo Prada, PE teacher John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez…

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Supreme Court rules in favour of animal charities

March 15, 2017 2 comments

financial settlement

A long-running inheritance dispute reached its conclusion today when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of three animal charities. The case concerned Mrs Heather Ilott, who was estranged from her late mother for much of her life, ever since she left home at the age of 17. When the mother eventually died, she left…

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Number of people leaving more than £150,000 doubles

January 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

The number of older people who are expecting to leave more than £150,000 in their will has almost doubled. This claim was made today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an economic research group based in London. In the decade leading up to 2013, the wealth among the over-80s increased by as much as…

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