Archive for the 'intestacy' Category

Outdated laws lead to rise in court disputes over legacies – The Independent

“Outdated laws and complex modern family structures are combining to cause a sharp jump in the number of inheritance disputes reaching the courts.”

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The Independent, 17th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Intestacy and Family Provision Claims on Death – Law Commission

“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.”

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Law Commission, 29th October 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Thorner v Major and others – WLR Daily

Thorner v Major and others [2009] UKHL 18; [2009] WLR (D) 111

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

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Thorner v Major and Others – Times Law Reports

Thorner v Major and Others

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Spouses and civil partners to receive more when partner dies without leaving a will – Ministry of Justice

“Married couples and civil partners whose spouse or civil partner dies without leaving a will are to benefit from an increase in the statutory legacy under proposals published by the government today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th August 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Widow sues toddlers over £2.2m estate – Daily Telegraph

“A widow is suing her young children to get a fair share of her late husband’s estate after he died without leaving a will.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Farmer who toiled for no pay wins £2.3m will – Daily Telegraph

“A farmer who toiled on his cousin’s land unpaid for more than two decades has won a two-year legal battle to inherit the £2.3 million estate.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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