Burns v Bean & ors [2021] WTLR 795

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2021 #184

Daisy Bean (Daisy) passed away on 19 July 2017. She had four children, but only three remaining alive at her death. She had a total of 73 descendants at the time of her death including her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She left a will dated 2 November 2010 (the 2010 will). It provided ‘MY Trustees shall then distribute the balance remaining [ie the residuary estate]… equally among all my children who are alive at my death’. The issue falling to be determined was whether, on its proper construction, the will indicated an intention contrary to ...

Equiom (Isle of Man) Ltd & ors v Velarde & ors [2021] WTLR 855

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2021 #184

The claimants were the trustees of a settlement settled by the deceased’s father. The defendants were the deceased’s three children. Under the terms of the settlement the deceased enjoyed a special power of appointment which could be exercised in respect of property described in the fund, whether by deeds revocable or irrevocable or by will or codicil. The deceased had exercised this power twice. First, by a deed of appointment in 1981, with effect from her death, the deceased appointed the fund between the three defendants. Second, by a deed of revocation in 1997, expressed to be supple...

Eade v Hogg & ors [2021] WTLR 507

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Summer 2021 #183

Mr Nodes (the deceased) passed away on 8 March 2019. The deceased’s estate included a large shareholding in a family company (the company). Each of the deceased’s wife and his former colleague (the claimant) also possessed small shareholdings in their own name. By his will, dated 22 October 2015, the deceased left his large shareholding in the company on trust for his wife for life, subject to an overriding power of appointment in favour either or both of his wife and his former colleague, allowing for an appointment of shares ‘up to such number… as shall when added to ...

Barrett v Hammond & ors [2021] WTLR 51

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Spring 2021 #182

Dr Robert Munroe Black (the ‘testator’) and his wife, Beatrice Maud Black, were a childless couple who made mirror wills dated 29 September 1998. These were professionally prepared by Lucas & Co, which was subsequently taken over by Simpson Millar. Subject to the payment of several pecuniary legacies, on the death of the survivor the wills directed the division of the residuary estate into 52 parts for the benefit of six named individuals as to six parts each and a number of charities as to two parts each.

The testator and his wife amended their wills by codicils dated 2 Augus...

Reading & anr v Reading & ors [2015] EWHC 946 (CH)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | September 2015 #152

John Reading died on 6 July 2005. He left a will dated 30 January 2004. He was survived by his wife, Janet; his two children, Stuart and Sally; and his three stepchildren, Neil, Ruth and Robin Sedgwick.

Under the will, Mrs Reading and Richard Flack were appointed trustees of a nil-rate band discretionary trust. The clauses of the will setting out the trusts of the nil-rate band trust included the testator’s ‘issue’ in the beneficial class. There was provision for such issue to be born at the testator’s death or thereafter during the trust period. Mrs Readin...