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Two out of three Britons have not made a Will – are you one of them?

United Kingdom - May 20 2014 On 12 May 2014 the Law Society published a press release reporting that almost two out of three Britons have not made a Will and risk leaving a…

Reform of the intestacy rules and family provision claims on death

United Kingdom - March 28 2013 On 21 March 2013, the Government published draft legislation to reform the Intestacy Rules in England and Wales and rules relating to claims for…

A house divided

United Kingdom - March 21 2013 An increasing number of people are buying property with someone who is not their spouse, and unless there is a declaration of trust in place to…

Using an experienced solicitor to prepare your Will may help avoid a Will dispute after your death

United Kingdom - March 1 2013 In Hawes v. Burgess and another [2013] EWCA Civ 74, the Court of Appeal gave some important guidance on the extent to which your Will may later be…

The intestacy rules

United Kingdom - July 2 2012 The intestacy rules are statutory rules which determine who is entitled to an individual’s property if that individual (“the deceased”) dies ‘intestate’, meaning: Without having a valid Will in place (known as total intestacy); or Without having disposed of their entire estate by Will (known as partial intestacy).