Re H [2020] EWHC 1134 (Fam)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

The claimant daughter brought a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for provision out of the estate of her late father. The sole beneficiary of his estate was his widow, who was in residential care with severe health concerns, but who had been debarred from defending the proceedings by reason of non-compliance with earlier court orders...

Thakare & ors v Bhusate [2020] EWHC 52 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

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...

Goss-Custard & anr v Templeman & ors  [2020] EWHC 632 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

Lord Templeman, who was a former member of the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords, was the father of the second and third defendants and the father-in-law of the first defendant. In 1996 he was remarried to a distant cousin, Sheila Edworthy, and moved home to live with her in a property called Mellowstone, Exeter, which she had inherited from her second husband, John Edworthy...

Hartogs v Sequent [2019] EWHC 1915 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

The first defendant was trustee of two trusts established by the claimant and named The Milky Way Settlement Trust (Milky Way) and the Mercurius Settlement (Mercurius). Each of the second and third defendants was a company wholly owned by the first defendant as trustee...

Jeffreys & ors v Scruton & ors [2020] EWHC 536 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

The first claimant was the executor of the will of the late Laura Jeffreys. He and the second and third claimants were the trustees of the trusts declared by the will. The first to fifteenth defendants were the deceased’s nieces and nephews. The seventeenth defendant was appointed to represent the interests of the deceased’s unborn nieces and nephews of the whole blood...

Horsford v Horsford [2020] EWHC 584 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

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...

Williams & anr v Russell Price Farm Services Ltd [2020] EWHC 1088 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

The claimants were the executors of the will of Mr Russell Price, who died on 8 March 2020. Mr Price had been the sole shareholder and director of the defendant company. 90% of the shares in the defendant company and the residuary estate were left to the deceased’s daughter, Ms Lucy Price, who had been appointed the defendant company’s secretary on 27 January 2020...

Amos v Mancini [2020] EWHC 1063 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

The deceased was married to the claimant. In 2019, when he was 81 and she was 74, a car they were driving in was involved in a road accident. The deceased died of his injuries. The claimant was driving, and was prosecuted for causing the deceased’s death by careless driving...

Barnaby v Johnson [2019] EWHC 3344 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Spring 2020

Mrs Maudlin Bascoe (T) died on 29 August 2015. Cs sought to prove a will dated 27 April 2005 (the 2005 will) naming them as executors. C1 was T’s son. C2 was T’s former solicitor and the draftsman of her wills from 1988 2005. D was T’s daughter...