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An update on possession proceedings: Practice Direction 55C
An update on possession proceedings: Practice Direction 55C

Following the stay on residential possession proceedings, a new Practice Direction has been introduced in order to get possession hearings “back on track”. As most will be aware,...

Covid-19: The Impact on the Civil Courts
Covid-19: The Impact on the Civil Courts

The outbreak of Covid-19 is impacting litigation in various ways, ranging from an increase in the use of remote hearings to postponing many hearings and Court closures. As of 30 March, many...

When those you trust let you dow
When those you trust let you dow

Earlier this week my very chatty three year old informed a room full of strangers that she could not have something she wanted because “mummy has spent all daddy’s money”. Whilst...

Fourteen disappointed children unsuccessful in challenging father’s Will
Fourteen disappointed children unsuccessful in challenging father’s Will

The High Court has provided guidance on best practice for those preparing Wills when considering a recent Will challenge in Kassim & Others v Saeed [2019]. Mr Dhalei, the testator, died in...

Inheritance dispute over which parent died first reaches conclusion
Inheritance dispute over which parent died first reaches conclusion

The tragic case of Estate of James Scarle v Estate of Marjorie Scarle (2019) came to a conclusion in the summer of 2019 when the Court upheld the Commorientes rule and ordered that James Scarle died...

Millions says they would challenge an inheritance – but what are the options if you have concerns?
Millions says they would challenge an inheritance – but what are the options if...

At the beginning of last year the Independent reported that more than 12.6 million Britons would challenge an inheritance if they were unhappy with the result. This staggering number, identified by a...

Probate Fraud
Probate Fraud

Contentious probate specialist, Charlotte Dullaway, recently caught up on the latest documentary from the Catching a Killer team which explores the investigations following a chilling probate...

Time limits in Inheritance Act claims
Time limits in Inheritance Act claims

Section 4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 imposes a strict time of six months from the date of the Grant of Probate. If you want to issue a claim after six months...

The importance of an Inventory
The importance of an Inventory

As of June 2019, tenancy deposits have been capped at no more than 5 week’s rent (where the annual rent is up to £50,000) under The Tenant Fees Act 2019. This is one of the measures...

Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession
Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession

Adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the identified legal owner of land can acquire legal title by possessing land for a specific period of time. The following need to be...