Category: Case History

Co-habitant Cut Out of Will Gets Share of Partner’s £1.5m Estate

As another family provision claim succeeds, the question we now have to ask ourselves is whether testamentary freedom still exists in the UK? Can you still choose who to provide for and more importantly, and to the point, who not to provide for in your Will? Has the Inheritance...

Son and Stepmother in Court Over £600,000 Estate

One lost Will and another incorrectly witnessed Will led to unexpected results in the long-running saga of Payne versus Payne. At the age of 59, retired postal worker John Payne left his wife of 30 years to marry Kim who was then in her mid-twenties. He died in 2012...

Court Orders DNA Paternity Test in a Probate Dispute

Many probate cases come to court where there are questions over the paternity of a beneficiary. That was the case in Nield-Moir v Freeman. The facts were that Colin Birtle died without a Will. He had been married to Veronica but they divorced in 1977. Veronica had two children,...