Kelly v Brennan & ors [2021] WTLR 613

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Summer 2021 #183

C was a brother of the deceased (PK). He was the executor of PK’s will and also a beneficiary. Ds were the adult children of PK’s sister. PK’s will divided the residue into ten equal shares (including a share for each of PK’s sister’s children). C brought a claim under s20 Administration of Justice Act 1982 (AJA 1982) for rectification of the will so that the residue would instead be divided into six equal shares (with one share being shared between PK’s sister’s children). The claim was opposed by D3 and D4.

PK ...

Thakare & ors v Bhusate [2020] WTLR 691

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Summer 2020 #179

A widow brought a claim for reasonable financial provision to be made for her from her late husband’s estate. The claim was brought 25 years and nine months after the six-month time limit mandated by s4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

At first instance Chief Master Marsh, exercising the broad discretion afforded by s4 of the 1975 Act, gave permission for the claim to be brought, notwithstanding the extremely long time since the six-month period had expired: see Bhusate v Patel.

The facts of the...