“Outdated laws and complex modern family structures are combining to cause a sharp jump in the number of inheritance disputes reaching the courts.”
The Independent, 17th January 2010
from the Inner Temple Library
“On 29 October 2009 we published a Consultation Paper reviewing the law of intestacy and family provision claims on death. The intestacy rules govern the inheritance of assets where a person dies without leaving a will disposing of the whole of his or her property. Whether or not the deceased left a valid will, certain family members and dependants may apply to court for reasonable financial provision from the estate, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – this is known as a claim for family provision.”
Law Commission, 29th October 2009
“Oblique assurances by a farmer of an intention to leave a farm to a cousin, who had worked full-time without any remuneration on the farm for 29 years, could constitute a sufficiently clear and unequivocal representation to establish a proprietary estoppel when the farmer ultimately died intestate.”
WLR Daily, 25th March 2009
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House of Lords
“Oblique assurances could in the appropriate context constitute a sufficiently clear and unequivocal representation to establish a proprietary estoppel.”
The Times, 26th March 2009
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