Capacity: When does a settlement settle nothing?

Jim Tindal summarises mental capacity, CPR 21 and Dunhill v Burgin [2014] ‘The issue at the heart of Dunhill was: what “claim” must the claimant have capacity to commence? The claim which it was wrongly believed at the time the claimant had, or the (much bigger) claim they in fact had unknown to anyone at …
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Evans & ors v Lloyd & anr [2013] EWHC 1725 (Ch)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | September 2013 #132

Wynne Evans (Wynne) died on 2 September 2006 at the age of 79. He had worked on a farm from the age of 14. The farm latterly belonged to the defendants, David Lloyd (David) and his wife Elizabeth Lloyd (Elizabeth). Previously it had belonged to David’s parents and grandparents.

There was an issue as to whether Wynne had died testate or intestate. The claimants argued he died intestate but the defendants argued that he died testate and that the will, of which David was residuary beneficiary, had been lost.

The first claimant Howell Evans (Howell) is Wynne’s sole ...

Capacity: Masterman-Lister and Bailey v Warren revisited

Deirdre Goodwin considers when neurological advice should be sought Where a person sought to rely on an unsoundness of mind, he had to show that such incapacity had been known to his opponent. The recent case of Dunhill v Burgin highlights the risks of settling cases where the claimant lacks capacity and a litigation friend …
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