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December 1, 2022

Deathbed gifts, the legal position

A deathbed gift, the legal term for which is a Donatio Mortis Causa (“DMC”) is an exception to the well-established requirements of the Wills Act 1837. A DMC describes a […]

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December 1, 2022

Deathbed gifts relying on them and defending them

The circumstances in which a deathbed gift might be challenged are varied. Depending on the nature of the gift, a valid deathbed gift can result in a significant reduction in […]

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December 1, 2022

The Golden rule – Boast vs Ballardi

The judgement handed down in Boast v Ballardi [2022] EWCH 1533 (Ch) is an example of the court finding that a testator lacked the required level of testamentary capacity where […]

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December 1, 2022

Claims by adult children who have been disinherited

The law in England & Wales provides that everyone has testamentary freedom, that is to say they can leave their estate to whomever they choose within their Will. Many people […]

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December 1, 2022

Video witnessed wills extended

In September 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the Government introduced a bill which amended the Wills Act 1837 retrospectively. The effect of this legislation was to deem any […]

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December 1, 2022

Discretionary trusts

Discretionary Trusts can be difficult. Not least because they are generally exactly what they say on the tin, i.e. discretionary. This means the trustees appointed under the trust are able […]

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December 1, 2022

How to preserve and reclaim digital assets

It is hard to think of a world without technology. We use technology to store photos and to connect with each other. However, what happens to digital assets on death? […]

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December 1, 2022

Reeves vs Drew

Over a month on from the judgment decision in Reeves v Drew & Ors [2022] EWHC 159 (Ch), it has been reported that the Deceased’s daughter Louise (the Claimant in […]

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November 30, 2022

Hypothetical divorce

  Here at IDR Law we were recently instructed on a case with an unique set of facts where we acted for the Defendant of an Inheritance (Provision for Family […]

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