Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Deciding Who Inherits Your Estate When You Die

The recent case of Wales v Dixon 2020 highlights the importance of giving clear instructions when making a Will to ensure that your wishes are carried out following death and it is clear who inherits your estate. Helen Gowin, Head of Estate Administration at SAS Daniels LLP outlines the case. Mr Wales died in 2015… Read more »

Lockdown Wills: Can I Witness a Will through Video?

old man on phone and video calling through laptop - witnessing a Will

Common sense would suggest that there will probably be a spike in contentious probate disputes following the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the higher numbers of deaths than usual. Research suggests that, in light of the Government’s social distancing rules, many people may have written a Will and had it witnessed ‘remotely’. Section 9 of the Wills… Read more »

Ageing Well Without Children: How Can a Professional Attorney Help?

Ageing Well Without Children (AWWOC) was launched to provide advice and guidance to those who are concerned about growing older without children, whilst also helping with the tasks that become increasingly difficult as we age. Whilst having children is certainly no guarantee that they will be able to (or, in some cases, want to) provide… Read more »

Death of a Joint Owner With a Mortgage

man dealing with death of a joint owner with a mortgage

If you own a property with other people, the way you own it together will be important no more so when one of the owners dies. If there is a mortgage on the property, further complications may arise as to who takes over the debt. A property can be owned jointly – either as joint… Read more »

Pay Now or Pay More Later: The Cost of Not Writing a Will

Last Will and Testament paper documents to make a Will

Failure to plan for death can have catastrophic consequences for a spouse or partner, both emotionally and financially, which go far beyond what the deceased may have intended to happen. The remedy for the family left with no protection due to the deceased not writing a Will, would be that they are forced to apply… Read more »

What Are Personal Chattels and Why Are They Important?

ring as personal chattel

Personal belongings (or ‘chattels’) can be the centre of a dispute between family members when someone dies. Often the monetary value of these items is minimal, but the sentimental value is very important to your loved ones, and can lead to disappointed beneficiaries spending lots of time and money on attempting to obtain personal chattels… Read more »

Wills for Business Owners – Why Is It Important?

Vicky Timothy, Senior Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team, outlines the main benefits of Wills for business owners and, also, some of the risks you may wish to avoid if you die intestate (without a Will in place). There are many reasons why business owners should ensure that they have a Will in place…. Read more »