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18 Dec 2020 What can be done where trustees or personal representatives have made a mistake?

In a recent STEP article Private Wealth Partner, Mark Lindley outlines what can be done when a trustee or personal representative makes a mistake and the possible legal remedies.

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23 Sep 2020 Remote witnessing of Wills—pros and cons from a disputes’ perspective

Private Client analysis: Mark Lindley, partner at Boodle Hatfield, discusses the new rules in the Wills Act 1837

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17 Jul 2020 Inheritance disputes rise as families go to war over estates

Number of contested wills at an all-time high as rising house prices and complex family structures drive competing claims.

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06 Jul 2020 Court battles over inheritance hit all-time high as claimants seek a bigger share of estates

The number of High Court disputes over inheritance hit an all-time high last year.

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19 Mar 2020 Law Firm Disclosure Ruling On Trustee Docs Has Limits

A recent Court of Appeal ruling that a trustee can’t use privilege to withhold documents requested by a beneficiary will have a limited impact due to a 2018 update to the U.K.’s data protection law.

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30 Nov 2017 Transgender equality in wills and inheritance

Mark Lindley, partner at the Firm, discusses how using gender-neutral pronouns in wills and the introduction of Gender Recognition Certificates improve clarity regarding inheritance issues

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14 Sep 2017 The right type of mistake – setting aside voluntary dispositions

Clients hope that, by taking appropriate professional advice, they are likely to avoid making a serious error that leaves them worse off than they would have been if they had tried to achieve the same result in a different way, or if they had done nothing at all.

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17 Aug 2017 Trustees enduring friction and hostility. Should they stay or should they go?

This is often a difficult question to answer, first, for trustees and secondly for the Court.

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20 Jun 2017 Setting aside voluntary dispositions: where are we now?

In Pitt v Holt, Futter v Futter [2013] UKSC 26, the Supreme Court significantly curtailed the hitherto wide application of what had become known as the Rule in Hastings-Bass and also set out authoritively the circumstances in which the Court may grant relief (in terms of rescission) for mistake in relation to a non-contractual voluntary disposition.

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11 May 2017 Beneficiaries’ entitlement to information about trusts

A common issue that arises when dealing with trusts is establishing what information and/or documents a beneficiary is entitled to see, once it is established that they have an interest in the trust.

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