In something of a mixed bag this month, Lesley King comments on the introduction of civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples and the latest news on probate fees.
Roman Kubiak comments on an assisted suicide case where a widow was granted relief against the forfeiture rule, and a case in which another widow was refused relief to bring a claim for financial provision out of time.
Lesley King comments on Cowan v Foreman and ors  EWHC 349 Fam, and looks at what the case means for both contentious and non-contentious probate practitioners.
Lesley King comments on recent developments in the private client sector, such as the controversial increase in probate fees and new wording for grant applications.
Roman Kubiak considers two contentious probate cases: an attorney’s application to be appointed as substitute personal representative in place of a donor; and a property transfer set aside for presumed undue influence.
Roman Kubiak breaks down the complex case of Bhusate v Patel & Ors  EWHC 2362 (Ch), in which the claimant suffered a heavy defeat after pleading contradictory alternative claims.
Lesley King comments on recent developments including the new transparency rules and guidance on lasting powers of attorney.
Roman Kubiak discusses some more of the headline legal cases from last few months, including the misappropriation of a vulnerable person’s assets.
Despite the summer break, it seems that the contentious trusts and probate world is as busy as ever. Roman Kubiak discusses some of the main cases to hit the legal headlines over the past few months.
August was, as always, comparatively quiet. Lesley King draws out a couple of points worth notice, including registration deadlines and a recent case where two minor children were awarded 11 per cent of their father’s estate.