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Court Relieves Family of Severe Tax Consequences of Drafting Error

Trusts – Court Relieves Family of Severe Tax Consequences of Drafting Error

Trusts are delicate and often complex legal instruments and any flaws in the wording of documents relating to them can have grave tax and other consequences. As a High Court case showed, however, inadvertent drafting errors can be corrected. The case concerned two trusts of which a widow and her son, her only child, were trustees and beneficiaries. They contained …

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Brothers Battle It Out in Court After Their Mother Fails to Make a Will

Brothers Battle It Out in Court After Their Mother Fails to Make a Will

Failing to make a professionally drafted will is a positive invitation to family strife after you are gone. In one case, a spectacular falling out between two brothers could have been averted had their mother taken the time to consult a solicitor. The woman died intestate, with the result that her entire estate passed by default to her two sons …

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Legacies and Entitlement to Means-Tested Benefits - High Court Ruling

Legacies and Entitlement to Means-Tested Benefits – High Court Ruling

When making a will, most people would wish to provide for loved ones in need. As a High Court case showed, however, means testing of many state benefits creates a very real risk of such good intentions coming to nought and that is one very good reason why professional will drafting is so important. The case concerned a woman aged …

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