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Judge rules to uphold deathbed Will

Judge rules to uphold deathbed Will

The England & Wales High Court has upheld a Will executed on his deathbed by a man who left everything to his long-term partner. Lee Foster, Director and Will Dispute specialist said, “The law provides individuals with wide discretion on how their estate should be distributed on their death; although there are specific circumstances under which this discretion can be challenged”.

Will the new video witnessing laws cause a rise in future Will disputes?

Will the new video witnessing laws cause a rise in future Will disputes?

Lee Foster, Dispute Resolution Solicitor and ACTAPS member considers this.

Things you can do to avoid a building dispute

Things you can do to avoid a building dispute

We have all spent a lot more time at home recently and for some of us, this has made us think about completing renovations on your homes. Whether it is a simple case of opening up two rooms to form a family space or building a completely new extension, please follow our advice when choosing a builder to carry out the work.
Daughter loses High Court battle over mother’s estate after judge rules Will was forged

Daughter loses High Court battle over mother’s estate after judge rules Will was forged

A Nottinghamshire man who took his sister to court over claims she faked her mother’s Will in a bid to unlawfully claim almost half of her estate has today spoken of his relief after the High Court ruled that the document was a forgery.

Without Prejudice

Without Prejudice

Do you know what the legal phrase “without prejudice” means?, Rob Stubbs, Head of Dispute Resolution at Banner Jones said, “This is a term that is used by lawyers and is often misused by litigants when they communicate with the people with whom they are in dispute prior to involving their solicitor”.

Making the UK safe online!

Making the UK safe online!

The days of poison pen letters may be in the past but the tendency of some individuals to publish offensive comments about others is “alive and well” and, indeed, has increased significantly; being one of the unintended consequences of the rise of online social media. Unfortunately, however, our laws struggle to keep up with the rate of change.
Swifter justice for London bus and tube fare dodgers

Swifter justice for London bus and tube fare dodgers

More than 3,000 tube and bus fare dodgers have been sentenced through a revolutionary new digital sentencing system.
Disputes Over Land: Love Thy Neighbour

Disputes Over Land: Love Thy Neighbour

Disputes over ownership of strips of land between two properties are all too common, and usually arise from a mis-drawn boundary map. However, a recent case in the Appeal Court resulted in the apparently farcical decision that two neighbours each possessed a valid registered title to the same strip of land 4 metres long by 2 metres wide. But, Rob Stubbs, Head of Dispute Resolution says “Although this sounds crazy, the decision actually enabled the position to be tidied up rather neatly.”

Who Owns Their Web Name?

Who Owns Their Web Name?

You might think that you would have the right to stop your name being used in a web address without your consent. But you’d be wrong.

Ignorance as a Defence in Law

Ignorance as a Defence in Law

There are in fact circumstances where ignorance is a perfectly valid defence.

Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”

Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”

New rules on the losing side paying the costs of the winning side in litigation can leave “winners” significantly out of pocket.

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

A disputed will has recently been sent to the Court of Appeal to determine whether an estranged daughter is entitled to money from her mother’s estate.

Online Courts Proposed

Online Courts Proposed

Proposals have been put forward for online paperless courts that would enable people to settle civil disputes of up to £25,000.

Without Prejudice

Without Prejudice

Do you know what the legal phrase “without prejudice” means?

Changes to way in which fees can be charged in insolvency cases.

Changes to way in which fees can be charged in insolvency cases.

Changes to the way in which fees can be charged will soon make it more difficult for creditors to sue fraudulent directors.
Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

The courts recently found that a bank had failed in its duty to investigate an assertion by a debtor that a restricted-use credit agreement had been rescinded before reporting to credit reference agencies that the debtor was in default.