Contentious Probate Update – Spring/Summer 2017

Contentious Probate Update – Spring/Summer 2017

Hand and Campbell v George and Stanhope [2017] EWHC 533 (Ch) This was a case decided by Mrs Justice Rose relating to a will trust made by Mr Henry Hand in 1946. Background Henry Hand’s will left the residue of his estate to his three children in equal shares...
Contentious Probate Update – Spring/Summer 2017

9,000% increase in Probate Fees – More Inheritance Disputes?

From May of this year, the fee for rubber-stamping an inheritance is set to increase by over 9,000% in England and Wales for some estates. Probate fees, which are the fees paid to the Courts for overseeing the discharge of a deceased’s estate, will increase to £20,000...
Contentious Probate Update – Spring/Summer 2017

Litigants in Person – Special Treatment by the Courts?

There are an increasing number of parties in civil proceedings that are deciding to represent themselves, as litigants in person. The reasons for this are not entirely clear but are likely to be linked to the significant increase in court fees, legal aid cuts, the...
Contentious Probate Update – Spring/Summer 2017

AirBnBust – the risks of short term letting

With the prevalence and popularity of businesses such as AirBnB and Booking.com more and more homeowners and property investors are letting out their properties on short term lets. The figures speak for themselves as AirbnB now has more available rooms to rent than...
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