How Your Children Can Claim On Your Will

How Your Children Can Claim On Your Will

The increasing complexity of families continues to have ramifications for wills and estates law, particularly in answering the question about who can make a claim on a parent’s estate. In the United States, the Matter of the Estate of Douglas Castellano and the...
Are You Expecting A Big Inheritance?

Are You Expecting A Big Inheritance?

A new study has revealed that Australians are relying on an inheritance and are already working out how they will spend it. About 29 per cent of Australians concede they are expecting an inheritance and they intend to spend some or all of it once payday arrives. The...
Why Elder Abuse Can Happen To Anyone

Why Elder Abuse Can Happen To Anyone

Elder abuse is a problem that occurs in most socio-economic groups in Western countries around the world. One man with very personal experience in this area is Philip Marshall, grandson of the late New York City philanthropist Brooke Astor. In 2006, Marshall took...
Is An Equal Inheritance Fair?

Is An Equal Inheritance Fair?

A son who inherited a “mere £1.6m” from his wealthy father launched an estate battle with his siblings over the rest of their parents’ £10m fortune, claiming that the fact that he and his siblings had all received an equal inheritance was unfair. Gary McDonald claimed...
How To Be Prepared For Death

How To Be Prepared For Death

Your own death is not a topic you like to think about, but being prepared for death can save your family and loved ones a lot of heartache. It also increases the chances that your wishes will be honoured and that your loved ones are looked after following your death....
Farm at the Centre of Family Estate Battle

Farm at the Centre of Family Estate Battle

A dairy farmer’s son who “doesn’t like cows” is fighting a family estate battle in the High Court over his right to inherit the family farm. Clive Shaw, 55, said he had worked on the farm in New York, Lincolnshire, from the age of seven, and...
Secret Wife Denied Inheritance By Court

Secret Wife Denied Inheritance By Court

The act of marriage often means that the surviving spouse inherits everything from the deceased, but what about in cases where marriage is used as a tool to gain access to assets? In June a New York judge ruled that a woman was not entitled to an inheritance she said...