Inheritance Act Claims

On the 21 September 2016, The Times ran the following headline:  “George Martin’s children embroiled in war of words over will” Sir George Martin was the record producer who signed the Beatles.  The article contained details of the dispute that has arisen amongst his family over a portion of his Will.   Sir George Martin had been married twice and … Read More

Theresa May under pressure over ‘dementia tax’ social care shakeup

On the 21 May 2017, the Guardian ran the following report: Theresa May under pressure over ‘dementia tax’ social care shakeup. Plans to make elderly people pay for care in their own home going down badly on doorstep say Conservative candidates Theresa May is coming under pressure to drop or water down her controversial shakeup of social care that has been branded … Read More

Response from the Ministry of Justice to the outcry following the announcement of the hike in the fees

On the 20 March 2017, the Law Gazette wrote that The Ministry of Justice has published further information regarding the interim arrangements for the probate service guidance on its plans to hike probate fees in the face of fierce criticism. The guidance, a question-and-answer style paper called ‘further information regarding interim arrangements for the probate service ahead of the new … Read More

“Why Inheritance Tax changes are not good news for everyone”

On the 15 June 2017, The Times reported: “the new system will allow many families to pass on their home without paying a huge bill — but the system is complex and some will miss out” Changes to the inheritance tax system should bring down the bill for millions of families whose parents’ or grandparents’ estates have soared in value … Read More

“Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told”

On the 15 April 2017, Michael Robinson of Moneybox on BBC Radio 4 ran the following report: “Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told” Care from the NHS is free, but if you need social care because you’re physically or mentally frail, you have to pay for it yourself. And it is not cheap. The latest figures … Read More

The Court of Protection

On the 14 October 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported: “Grandmother, 71, sent to top security jail after refusing council’s demands over care” The article contained details of a 71-year-old lady who was sent to a maximum security prison for six months by the Court of Protection.  The facts:  The lady and her brother were originally from Portugal.   Her brother … Read More

“Will law should be brought into modern world”

On the 13 July 2017, The BBC reported: “The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said” The current rules were “unclear” and could be putting people off from making a will, it added. It is considering whether texts, emails and other electronic communications should be recognised as a … Read More

Rising House prices increase amount of Inheritance Tax paid

On the 12 March 2017, The Daily Telegraph reported “£2bn more to be paid in inheritance tax than previously thought as house prices soar”  The newspaper reported that Britons will pay almost £2 billion more in inheritance tax over the next five years than previously estimated.  The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) believes the Treasury will take in £1.8 billion … Read More

‘Face to face with online’

On the 13thJuly we set out the BBC report  “The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said” The question of Will making over the internet continues to roll on……  On the 7th August Ian Bond who is the chair of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee wrote … Read More

Proprietary Estoppel

On the 4 November 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported on a hostile legal battle that had been in progress for 5 years.   The sensational headline read:  “Widow, 91, faces eviction over legal fight with son over his father’s ‘inheritance promise’” The story was about a 91-year-old widow, Margaret Davies.  She fell out with her 70 year old son over … Read More