Naidoo v Barton & anr [2023] WTLR 1047

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2023 #192

Nirmalathevie Naidoo (Mrs Naidoo) died on 10 February 2016. Her husband, Dr Govindarajaloo Naidoo (Dr Naidoo), had predeceased her on 12 January 1999. They had two daughters and five sons. The first defendant, David Barton (Mr Barton) (formerly known as Ramamurthie Naidoo), was one of their children, and his wife (Mrs Barton) was the second defendant. The claimant was another of their children.

By this claim, the claimant sought:

  1. (1) an order pronouncing in solemn form for the validity of Mrs Naidoo’s will dated 21 July 2015 (the 2015 will), by which he was appointed ...

Horsford v Horsford [2020] WTLR 519

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Summer 2020 #179

The claimant and her husband owned and farmed College Farm in Cambridgeshire. They had three children – two daughters and one son. The defendant, who was their son, owned and farmed the adjoining Whitleather Lodge Farm and had joined his parents’ farming partnership on an equal basis.

After separating from her husband in 2011, the claimant moved into a property which had previously produced a rental income and she was concerned to secure her financial independence. This led to the claimant, her ex-husband and the defendant setting in motion the steps required for a partnership agr...

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