The other woman and the perils of DIY divorce

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March 16, 2017 3 comments

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Here’s an interesting, and surely far from unique, scenario. What happens when someone dies, having left their spouse to go to live with a new partner, but not separated their finances from those of their spouse? The case of Martin v Williams is an object lesson on the perils of a “do it yourself” divorce…

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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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Bitter inheritance dispute reaches the Supreme Court

December 9, 2016 0 comments

wills and probate

A bitter inheritance dispute will reach the Supreme Court on Monday (12 December). Ilott v The Blue Cross and others concerns a woman who left her substantial estate to a number of animal charities when she passed away. These included the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Royal…

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Living together & buying a home: the rights of a cohabitee

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November 25, 2016 1 comment

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Living together as a couple before, or as an alternative to, marriage is now the norm. Between 2004 and 2016 the Office of National Statistics reported that ‘cohabiting couple families’ were the fastest growing family type. For these couples, property ownership aspiration remains high.  Competitive mortgage deals and a rising property market means getting on…

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Supreme Court date set for inheritance dispute

September 26, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Supreme Court will hear an already well known case relating to an inheritance dispute involving major animal charities on December 12. Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others concerns a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July 2015. The estranged daughter of a woman who had left her entire estate to…

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Sons contest Loose Women star’s will

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April 12, 2016 1 comment

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The two adult sons of actress and talk show panellist star Lynda Bellingham have announced plans to challenge their late mother’s will. The former star of ITV’s Loose Women died in 2014 from cancer. Her will reportedly left everything to her third husband. Her sons claim their stepfather is depriving them of their inheritance by insisting…

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All a matter of will power?

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March 15, 2016 1 comment

inheritance divorce

Radio Verulam is a not-for-profit community radio station based in St Albans down in Hertfordshire. We developed a relationship with them almost as soon as the local Stowe Family Law office opened a little over a year ago. (The name, incidentally, is simply an abbreviation of the Roman name of the town – Verulamium). Now…

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