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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Privy Council dismisses Caribbean bank account dispute

January 23, 2018 0 comments

inheritance

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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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Protecting your interests outside marriage

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November 22, 2017 3 comments

Sharia

Last night a documentary on Channel 4 examined the legal effects of a traditional Islamic marriage (nikah) in this country. Whilst it may spark controversy and media attention, the subject is nothing new. Advocates in this area have been trying to raise awareness for years, albeit with differing opinions on what should happen. Should the…

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