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Martin Laver

Posted 20 September 2018
by Martin Laver .

Inheritance Act 1975 Claim by Co-Habitee

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A co-habitee was successful in his claim against his late partner’s estate. The Deceased, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, died on 7 October 2015, leaving will dated 6 August 2001. The will left her “friend” Andrew Banfield, the sum of £5,000 and…

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Martin Laver

Posted 13 September 2018
by Martin Laver .

What is a Disputed Will?

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Simply put, a disputed will is any dispute around the will of someone who has died. Sometimes there are problems with the will itself and sometimes people are unhappy with the contents of the will. When someone dies having made…

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Martin Laver

Posted 7 September 2018
by Martin Laver .

Who Can Inherit When There Isn’t a Will?

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When someone dies intestate, it means that the deceased died without a will, or a will was revoked by an action such as getting married, or physically destroying the will, or the will was invalid. The intestacy rules apply the…

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Martin Laver

Posted 11 June 2018
by Martin Laver .

Honesty is the Best Policy

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We have all heard the phrase, “honesty is the best policy” however the parties to a recent Court case were clearly not familiar with it. Following the death of their father, the Claimant and his three brothers held several properties…

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Martin Laver

Posted 14 November 2017
by Martin Laver .

Mirror Wills v Mutual Wills

It has become increasingly common for married couples to use Mirror Wills to deal with their estates. A Mirror Will is a simple arrangement where each spouse leaves their entire estate to their spouse, then to their children. Mirror Wills…

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