WHEN CAN I GET MY INHERITANCE?

Beneficiary rights in relation to deceased estates are limited primarily to what is known as the “due execution of the estate”. This means, basically, that a beneficiary has to stand back and let the legal representatives of the estate get on with its administration,...

BLENDED FAMILY ESTATE PLANNING

Sometimes, there are few answers to the problems of blended family estate planning. Sometimes, the answers are not attractive, or easy. It is often difficult to discuss, too, because of the many sensitivities that arise. Faced with the reality, many people give up...

SHOULD THERE BE A WILL READING?

The answer is simple: If you are expecting that the solicitor who holds a will, must conduct a reading of the will to interested family members, the answer is “no”. Will readings are events that occur in movies or books, but not in real life. It may be that, back in...

IS IT TOO LATE?

Wait and see! That’s what many people do when they realise that they have been left out of a will. They think it is tacky or insensitive to ask for a copy of the will soon after the death, or to assert that a moral duty applied, such that provision ought to have been...

SO, WHO OWNS THE BODY?

It’s an uncomfortable question, but a question that arises surprisingly often when there is dispute over funeral arrangements. The law says that no-one owns a body. This is a challenge when there are competing claims to the right to bury or cremate, or otherwise deal...