Will Contests in Court are Increasing – Contentious Probate

ByMichael Morrison

Will Contests in Court are Increasing – Contentious Probate

Disputes concerning inheritance matters are increasing amongst families leading to court proceedings often in the High Court. This is due in some part to people writing their own wills rather than having one professionally drafted by a solicitor and also by people attempting to administer an estate, as an executor, and not receiving professional assistance.

Home made wills are a legal minefield and can contain omissions, errors and serious ambiguities.

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Settlement Agreements

Fresh rounds of redundancies have been announced in the banking and retail sectors with solicitors now poised on negotiating terms of settlement such as restrictive covenants. Recent insolvencies, company voluntary arrangements and store closures have served to provide this fodder due to the inexorable rise in commercial costs.

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Insolvency

Business insolvencies rose by almost 20% in the last three months of 2018 rounding off a year in which corporate insolvencies were up by 10% in total. Construction, then wholesale and retail followed by vehicle repair were the main sectors effected. More companies seem to be closing rather than restructuring.

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Brexit Does Not Frustrate a Commercial Lease

A recent High Court challenge by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to sever the commercial lease for its offices was won by its landlord the Canary Wharf Group. The EMA complained that its lease signed in 2014 for 25 years had been frustrated by Brexit which it contended was an unforeseen event. The value of the lease is £500m and the EMA intended to move to Amsterdam.

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Neighbour Dispute – £100,000 award + costs

Banging on the ceiling, screams of abuse, depression, 21 month vendetta, veiled threats, shouting, intimidating emails, distress, anxiety, reduced sale price, overgrown garden blocking light, tenants feeling petrified. If you are the victim of the aforementioned a civil harassment and nuisance damages claim may be appropriate at the county court.

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Tier 1 Visa – Immigration

The Tier 1 Visa usually secured by an investment of £2,000,000 or more in government bonds has been suspended temporarily due to fears of money laundering. Most of these type of visas have been issued to Russian or Chinese nationals. A new legislative regime is currently being considered.

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Commercial Property Surge in Central London

Central London has seen a large uptake in office space over the past four weeks. This has been dominated by the creative industries such as advertising and public relations agencies and fintech firms. Figures are up by almost one third on October last year. Off plan leasing deals have also increased dramatically with more than half of the buildings currently being built having deals undergoing due diligence by London solicitors.

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Special Offer On Conveyancing

Due to the recently recorded fall in established landlords entering the property market making buy-to-let investments there are unrivalled opportunities for new entrants. This has been perceived by a drop in serial investors mortgage approvals by more than half over the last quarter.

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Commercial Solicitors Merge

Two international substantially commercial firms are likely to merge that if successful would create the largest listed firm of solicitors in the country. Further details will be divulged if and when it completes.

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Property Buyers are Returning to the City

Just under £1.4bn has been invested in commercial property in the City’s square mile from January to July this year which was practically the total invested in the area last year. Significant deals in the range of £250m have been completed amid a general air of confidence. Much of this purchasing activity has been carried out by UK fund managers.

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