Pay Now Don’t Pay Later …

As a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department I often see families who have been torn apart fighting over a loved one’s estate, claiming “It’s what they would have wanted”. Without a properly drafted and executed will, no-one can confirm that. However, even if there is a will, often a family member or friend is Read More …

A “Toothless” Will-Writing Code!

Solicitors have for a long time warned against the dangers and misconceived cost savings in Clients utilising the services of unregulated will writing companies run by non-qualified individuals. Even with a newly announced voluntary code of practise approved by the Office of Fair trading (OFT) for non-lawyer will writing companies, there is little to suggest Read More …

Insane delusions and poisoned affections?

Re Ritchie,Ritchie v Joslin [2009] The classic test for Testamentary Capacity was establish back in 1870 and has stood the test of time ever since! The principles laid down in Banks v Goodfellow [1870-71] state that the Testator (the deceased who made the Will): Must understand the nature of the act of making a Will Read More …