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Stacie Hurt
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Why a scribbled note shouldn't be the default position when making a Will

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Since the death of Aretha Franklin in 2018 there has been an ensuing battle between the children of the superstar regarding who should inherit the singer’s fortune. This week the press is awash with the outcome of a lengthy court battle where the...

ON THE CASE: Who can decide what happens to my body when I die?

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It may be a rare occurrence, but an occurrence that’s increasing given the nature of complex family dynamics, but when a burial dispute arises, our team have the skills, resources, and experience to help our clients achieve a speedy and satisfactory...

If I am excluded from a Will, what can a Court award me under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 Act?

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Once the Court has considered all the various relevant factors to an applicant’s 1975 Act claim, the Court could conclude that they believe that the Will or Intestacy Rules does make “reasonable financial provision” for the applicant,...

What factors does a Court consider when deciding an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim?

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If you have been excluded from a Will then in most cases, the wishes of the deceased would remain unchallenged as, in most cases, the person who made the Will would have received adequate and appropriate legal advice at the time of making their Will ....

Can I claim some inheritance if I am excluded from a Will?

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Despite the principle of testamentary freedom which exists in England and Wales, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“1975 Act”), certain people connected to someone who dies (domicile in England or Wales) can...

I've been excluded from a Will. Can I make a claim?

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In most cases, the wishes of the deceased would remain unchallenged as, in most cases, the person who made the Will would have received adequate and appropriate legal advice at the time of making their Will. However, let’s say that a former spouse,...

I am a landlord. How do I end my tenants' contract?

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Gone are the days when landlords could simply walk into their property, pack up their tenant’s belongings, turf them onto the streets, and change the locks. Agree or disagree, the power is now very much in...

George Michael's Ex Wins Will Claim

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Being financially dependent on someone when they are alive, even if you are not named as a beneficiary in the deceased’s Will, can mean you could still be awarded something from the deceased’s estate. This has been made even more clear thanks to...