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The importance of a Will arising from a surrogacy arrangement

Entering into a surrogacy arrangement is a process that takes a lot of legal consideration and specialist legal advice, and a new Will a key document to put in place before the child is born.

Inheritance dispute: Daughter could lose £260,000 home

A daughter could lose the £260,000 home which she was awarded in a divorce settlement following a legal battle with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) over a legacy agreement in her father’s Will.

Remote witnessing of Wills legalised up until 2022

On 7 September 2020, a statutory instrument temporarily legalising the witnessing of Wills through videoconferencing was laid before Parliament and will come into force at the end of the month (28 September 2020).

The importance of creating and maintaining an up to date Will

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a significant rise in the number of individuals looking to either create or update their Will, with enquiries increasing by 70 per cent since lockdown measures were introduced in March.

Two in three parents fear hard-earned inheritance could be leveraged in children’s divorce settlement

Almost two in three parents are hesitant about handing over their hard-earned wealth to married children with fears that it may be handed over to spouses on divorce, a study has revealed.

The key reasons why newlyweds should write a new Will

Contrary to popular opinion, the act of marriage/civil partnership automatically revokes an existing will unless you include a special clause in the original will stating that the Will is not be revoked.

Ministry of Justice set to announce legalisation of virtually witnessed Wills

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is set to announce the legalisation of Wills witnessed via video calls, through video platforms such as Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams.

Number of Power of Attorney arrangements continues to increase

The number of people in the UK putting Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) arrangements in place has continued to increase in 2020, with more than 200,000 submitted in the first quarter of this year.

Inheritance dispute: High Court upholds oral agreement to share property

The High Court has upheld an oral agreement between three siblings, John Archibald, Brenda Archibald and Patsy Alexander, to share a house, following an inheritance dispute.

COVID-19: Are inheritance disputes more likely than ever?

There have been several notable cases involving inheritance disputes during the current pandemic that have been widely covered in the media. Two of the most prominent cases were the High Court battle over the estate of the ‘Watership Down’ author Richard Adams and the daughter who successfully invalidated the Will of her mother due to…
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