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

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

Inheritance Disputes on the Increase

On the 24 September 2016, The Times featured an article with the following headline:  “House price boom produces surge in inheritance disputes” The article describes how court proceedings relating to disputes about Wills are increasing and analyses the factors that may be behind this increase including:  Rising property prices so that children have more to fight over;  High levels of … 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