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Divorce is seldom straightforward, especially as regards the negotiation of the financial settlement. The lengths that some people will go to in order to disguise their assets or prevent assets from passing to their ex-spouse are also considerable. When...
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A recent survey has shown that more than one in ten people who are thought to have died intestate (i.e. without leaving a will) may actually have made a will and that a similar number of those who leave a will which is initially believed to be the last will...
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Planning rules relating to home extensions are complex but a householder's victory in a High Court test case is expected to make it significantly easier for some people to enlarge their homes without the need for planning permission. The man had already...
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The complexity of the law relating to people of diminished mental capacity has long been a bone of contention and, with an ageing population, the courts are being increasingly tied up with mental capacity issues. One of the most problematic areas is that of...
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Many cases arise each year in which the validity of a will is challenged on the ground that the will's creator (the testator) was not of sound mind when it was made – which is known in legal parlance as 'having mental capacity'. The outcome of such...
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Not many people would disagree with the position that children should only be taken from their natural parents as a last resort and this is the view of the court system also. In one case which strikingly made that point, a mother was given a final chance to...
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Entering into informal property transactions without the benefit of legal advice is a recipe for disaster, as a young man found out when his relationship with his girlfriend ended acrimoniously and she insisted that he had no interest in the house that they...
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The right to die or to refuse medical treatment is a complex issue that has been the subject of debate for many years. It presents considerable legal, as well as moral, difficulties. Recently, the Court of Protection had to decide whether a 36-year-old...
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It may be thought that if an investment is entered into using a UK-based firm, that investment is covered by one of the statutory schemes established to protect investors. However, this is not always the case, and it is important to understand the...
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The dangers of trying to upset the provisions of a properly drafted will were made clear in a recent case in which the daughter of a wealthy man insisted on having his will formally 'proved' in court, after he had excluded her from benefiting under it by...