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Wham! and will disputes

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You may well be asking yourself how one gets from the hit eighties duo to The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Following George Michael’s death in December 2016 it was revealed that his Will left the majority of his...

How do I prove that a will has been forged?

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It is not uncommon for family members to claim a Will has been forged, particularly where the provisions of that Will are less favourable than expected. However, unsupported suspicions will not be enough to persuade a court that a Will is a forgery. The...

Joint property ownership - who inherits?

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A property is owned by more than one person for a variety of reasons, the most common being between couples or business partners. However few appreciate that people who own a property jointly can choose whether to own it as “joint tenants” or...

What is Contentious Probate?

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And the top reasons a dispute arises Contentious probate covers the disputes which arise after somebody dies. The disputes dealt with in this department are extremely varied and are not limited to disputes about the validity of a Will....

Can I stop probate?

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Caveats, warnings and appearances Following a death, either the executors (as appointed by the will), or the family member entitled to be appointed under the intestacy rules (where there is no will), is under a duty to administer the estate. The personal...

Is my lockdown will invalid?

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In order for a will to be valid, its execution needs to comply with various formalities which are set out in the Wills Act 1937. This includes the requirement for the will to be signed in the presence of two or more witnesses. However, social distancing...