Estates disputes

“Dishonesty at its highest level and gravity” – when solicitors commit offences against client estates

This blog post will consider a number of recent cases in England where solicitors have been convicted of offences or struck off the register for misappropriating client funds from deceased estates. These shed light on the surprising levels of abuse … Continue reading

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Ilott v The Blue Cross and others – testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members around the common law world

On 25 April 2017 Richard Norridge, Joanna Caen and Gareth Keillor delivered a webinar on the state of the law relating to testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members following the landmark English Supreme Court decision in Ilott v … Continue reading

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Upcoming webinar – Testamentary freedom – alive & well? Lessons from the UK Supreme Court and across the common law world

On Tuesday 25 April 2017 (9.30am – 10.30am BST/4.30pm – 5.30pm HKT), Richard Norridge, Joanne Caen and Gareth Keillor will deliver a webinar for Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts looking at developments in relation to testamentary freedom. The recent decision of … Continue reading

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Wills interpreted according to their ordinary and natural meaning despite this not reflecting testators’ intention

The English High Court has recently held that, in a case concerning construction of Wills, the ordinary and natural meaning of survivorship clauses should be given effect to.[1] This operated to mean that certain beneficiaries under the Wills of a … Continue reading

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Widow removed as administratrix after persistent breaches in administering the estate

The Hong Kong Court has recently ordered the removal of an administratrix, who was the widow of the deceased, after finding she had misappropriated and converted the estate to her own use, repeatedly breached Court orders and had failed to … Continue reading

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English High Court confirms that a claim for financial provision from an estate does not survive death of the applicant

Under English law (and the law of many countries with similar legal systems), a dependent of a deceased person can – subject to various conditions – apply to Court for a payment out of the deceased's estate. The basis of this … Continue reading

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Deceased’s “husband” and daughter both unable to obtain letters of administration

The English High Court has recently refused to grant letters of administration to a deceased's daughter (the "Claimant") despite her having the highest entitlement to the deceased's estate.[1] The dispute involved a challenge by the alleged widower of the deceased … Continue reading

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Judge sentenced to six months’ jail by Nottingham Crown Court for forgery of a will and fraud

A former solicitor and disability claims tribunal judge, and her husband, forged a will and letter to obtain two adjacent cottages in order to create one, large retirement home for themselves. On conviction, they were sentenced to six month's jail, … Continue reading

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Family dispute over the setting-up of a trust rejected because plaintiff consented to the trust at the time of establishment

In a recent case, the Singapore High Court has held that a plaintiff's agreement to the setting-up of a trust to protect a family's wealth (including the assets of a deceased family member) was a valid defence for a defendant … Continue reading

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Jersey Court gives directions to trust company under the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009

The Royal Court of Jersey has recently heard the second application under the Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 (the “Foundations Law”). The Application was from a trust company in its capacity as the sole council member of a set of foundations … Continue reading

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