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  • Lesley King new

    Lord Lucan is officially dead

    10 February 2016

    Lesley King rounds up the latest talking points in private client law, including Lord Lucan’s officially declared dead after over 40 years, and a High Court ruling that the lack of a personal representative does not allow a beneficiary to bring an action to protect assets on behalf of an estate

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    Contentious probate case law update

    15 January 2016 By Roman Kubiak

    As the dust settles on 2015, Roman Kubiak takes a look at some of the most notable recent cases in the contentious trusts and probate field 

  • Lesley King new

    Rectifying the situation

    14 January 2016

    Lesley King considers a recent High Court decision that provides a useful reminder of the availability to trustees of the section 48 procedure under the Administration of Justice Act 1985.

  • Lesley King new

    Only strong evidence can rebut presumption of due execution

    9 December 2015 By Lesley King

    The High Court has confirmed existing case law on the level of evidence required to rebut the presumption of due execution of a will that conforms with section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. Lesley King explains more

  • Lesley King new

    Missing, presumed dead

    9 November 2015

    Lesley King rounds up the latest private client developments, including a proprietary estoppel case and Lord Lucan’s son’s move to have his father declared officially dead under the Presumption of Death Act

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    Pensions blow for same-sex couples

    13 October 2015

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that civil partners’ spouses are not entitled to pension benefits accrued before December 2005

  • Lesley King new

    Ramsay v Ramsay: capacity does not have to be perfect

    13 October 2015

    Lesley King discusses Ramsay v Ramsey [2015] All ER (D) 32 (Sep), the latest in a long line of wills made by elderly people that has been challenged by one or more of their children on the basis of lack of testamentary capacity

  • Lesley King new

    10 things you should know about the new residence nil-rate band

    9 September 2015

    Legislation was introduced in the Summer Finance Bill 2015, published in July, to provide for an additional main residence nil-rate band. Lesley King explains the implications for inheritance tax

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    Brussels IV is here: what you need to know

    17 August 2015 By Lesley King

    The new European succession regulation, better known as Brussels IV, came into force on 17 August. It will have an impact on both UK residents with property in other EU states and UK expatriates resident in other EU states. Lesley King presents a top-level, back to basics guide

  • Lesley King new

    Court of Appeal reverses deathbed gifts decision

    8 July 2015

    The Court of Appeal has restated the law relating to donatio mortis causa, and clarified the test to be applied in determining such claims, explains Lesley King