Lack of Will Leads to Family Dispute in Court

When a man's first wife died, he inherited her share of the property they had owned jointly. At the time, he was living with his third wife, and the couple remained together for a further 28 years until his death in 1990.

He died without making a will and without taking any steps to transfer the legal interest in the property into his and his wife's joint names.

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James Tawse
Can A Will Be Valid If You Can't Read It

One of the requirements for a Will to be accepted as valid is that the person who makes it must have “knowledge and approval” of its content. In other words, they must understand what the Will says and what it means in practice.

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James Tawse
Law Overrides Will That Excludes Partner

The law that allows someone who was dependant on a deceased person during their lifetime to make a claim against their estate if there is no, or adequate provision for them in the will is one of long standing (the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 175.

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James Tawse