News archive: October 2014

  • Posted on October 24, 2014
    Vivien Bradley-Shaw, head of our Wills, Trusts and Probate department gives tips on making a Will, whether you are looking at one for yourself or assisting a family member in the completion of theirs.
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  • Posted on October 21, 2014
    Erin Hunt

    In Southwell v Blackburn [2014] EWCA Civ 1347 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against a successful proprietary estoppel claim, where a cohabitee was awarded £28,500 representing a slice of equity in the property the couple had cohabited.

    The case raises significant concerns about the potential to lose assets and equity to former partners following relationship breakdown; cohabitees may be awarded a share in property even when it was in their partner's sole name and even if they have made no significant contributions to the purchase price or outgoings.
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  • Posted on October 3, 2014
    The Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 provides for changes to the intestacy rules and apply where a person dies on or after 1 October 2014 without a valid Will.

    If you die “intestate”, or without a Will, the law sets out what happens to your estate in the intestacy rules which says that only your spouse, civil partner, children or blood relatives can (but not always do) benefit from your estate.

    This means that unmarried couples and long term partners are not protected. Your children and grandchildren may get nothing.
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  • Posted on October 1, 2014
    The Act provides for the death of a missing person to be presumed in circumstances where the missing person either has died or has not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years.
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