The Perils of Dying at the Wrong Time of the Day!

It is usually never a good time to die, but did you know that the exact time of day of your death could have major consequences for who inherits your estate? This is a genuine and very real problem for [married] couples who jointly own property and die in a common accident. The operation of Read More …

Will Writing

A recent report undertaken by the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has uncovered evidence of poor quality wills, sharp sales practices and lost wills where will writing companies disappear without trace. It is likely many solicitors will support the panel’s recommendation that will writing becomes a regulated activity, especially as approximately 10% of wills (180,000) Read More …

Latin and Death Bed Gifts are alive and well!

It is not uncommon for a terminally ill person (the Donor) to gift assets to a loved one in contemplation of their anticipated demise. How does the law view such “Death Bed” gifting (“Donatio Mortis Causa” (or DMC for short!)) and can an aggrieved beneficiary under a Will challenge the gift if the effect is to have severely reduced the value of any remaining property passing under a Will?
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