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Insights

Intestacy: Married partners to receive more from an estate

Posted on 24th March 2020 in Dispute Resolution

The intestacy rules will take effect where an individual dies without a valid Will in place.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Carer wins Inheritance Act award from Grandparent’s estate

Posted on 12th August 2019 in Dispute Resolution

Can a family member who was being paid to care for a family member make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 if they are left out of a will?

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Can I bring an Inheritance Act claim out of time?

Posted on 07th January 2019 in Dispute Resolution

This insight focuses on the time limit to bring an Inheritance Act claim and in what circumstances this time limit may be extended. For an explanation of an Inheritance Act claim, please click here.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

What is a Larke v Nugus request?

Posted on 01st January 2019 in Dispute Resolution

If you are considering disputing a will on the grounds explained here, the first formal step is often to make a Larke v Nugus request. This insight explains more about a Larke v Nugus request.

Posted by

Cory Stephenson

Paralegal

Insights

Cost Budgets and Precedent H – Essential Guidance

Posted on 31st October 2018 in Dispute Resolution

The normal rule in litigation is that the successful party is entitled to recover its costs from the other party. The Civil Procedure rules now give courts wide discretion in controlling the amount of costs parties can recover. The rules require parties to submit a budget (i.e. breakdown) of the legal costs they expect to incur. Precedent H is the prescribed form for that budget which must be filed in the majority cases which are valued at over £25,000.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

Insights

What is the Time Limit to Contest a Will?

Posted on 28th September 2018 in Dispute Resolution

Time limits to challenge a will depend on the type of claim being contemplated.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

An Overview: Horse Dealers and the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Posted on 11th June 2018 in Dispute Resolution

The term “dealer” could apply to anyone selling even a single horse if they have a horse-related business – they don’t have to be an actual horse dealer in the traditional sense.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Buying a Horse via an Agent

Posted on 01st June 2018 in Dispute Resolution

The use of agents when buying and selling horses is commonplace. Where the agent tells the buyer they are acting for someone else, usually, it is clear that the contract is between the buyer and the owner. Where the buyer does not know they are dealing with an agent, it may not be clear who the contract is with and if something goes wrong both agent and owner may seek to avoid responsibility. This is particularly a problem as buyers are only covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“the CRA”) if they are buying from a dealer.

Posted by

Josh O’Neill

Trainee Solicitor

Insights

New Rights for Horse Buyers

Posted on 21st September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Has the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), which replaces the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (SGA) from October 2015, put buyers in a better position to reject a horse after purchase? 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

What is a Disputed Will?

Posted on 13th September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Sometimes there are problems with the will itself and sometimes people are unhappy with the contents of the will.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Who Can Inherit When There Isn’t a Will?

Posted on 07th September 2017 in Dispute Resolution

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.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Control of Horses Act 2015 comes into effect

Posted on 01st June 2017 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

A new law is now available to tackle the problem of fly-grazing in England (other, recently passed laws apply in Wales). The grazing of horses (which includes mules, asses and hinnies) on private or public land without permission has been a serious problem for land owners for some years. According to animal welfare charities it involves around 3,000 horses across the country at any one time.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor