Divorce and the Importance of Making a Will

Going through a separation or divorce will be a very stressful time. You must make big decisions about the division of property and money. If you have children decisions have to be made about their future living arrangements.  At this very difficult time thoughts about what happens to your assets when you die can be overlooked. Following your divorce, your … Read More

Are you a common law spouse?

You may believe you are, afterall, it is a term frequently used to describe a couple in a long term relationship, usually living together.  Nevertheless, the correct answer is no.  Currently, in legal terms, there is no such thing.    That also means that unless you are married or in a civil partnership, living with your partner does not give … Read More

Advanced Decision/Living Will

What is an advance decision? An advance decision (sometimes known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, an ADRT or a living will) is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future. An advanced decision lets your family, carers and health professionals know whether you want to refuse specific treatments … Read More

Inheritance Act Claims

On the 4 August 2016, The Times ran the following headline:  “Father’s work ethic at centre of will dispute” The newspaper was reporting details of an Inheritance Act claim being made by Danielle Ames, aged 41 for a share of her father’s £1 million estate.  Her father, Michael Ames, ran a successful double glazing business, Danielle was his only daughter.  … Read More

Legal News October 2016 – Undue Influence

Edkins v Hopkins [2016] EWHC 2542 (Ch)  Short Note: Contesting influence  39 Essex Chambers November 18 2016 A recent case (Edkins v Hopkins [2016] EWHC 2542 (Ch), a decision of HHJ Jarman QC sitting as a judge of the High Court) illustrates just how hard it is to get a will overturned on the basis of undue influence. The deceased … Read More