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An Edinburgh businessman has bequeathed the majority of his £4 million estate to his former school, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

John Martin, who was unmarried and died in December 2013, aged 84, left the residue or remainder of his estate, after specific bequests had been paid, to George Watson’s College, the school he had attended as a child.

The legacy will, says The Scotsman, benefit the school’s George Watson’s Family Foundation, a scholarship fund to help children whose families could not otherwise afford for them to attend the school.

The George Watson’s Family Foundation was apparently set up in 1997 and its aim is to continue the work and aims of the school’s founder, George Watson.

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has spoken of his ambition to raise the inheritance tax threshold and lift many more families out of paying inheritance tax altogether, reports the BBC.


The Law Society of England and Wales has published a practice note for solicitors to assist them in the use of Sharia law succession rules, in particular in will drafting, trust issues and disputes over estates.


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The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been named the beneficiary of a $1.3 million charitable fund from the estate of Myrna (Morse) Pauloz through the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.


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An English woman has lost her legal bid to claim a greater share of her mother’s estate, reports the BBC.

Fifty-two-year-old Heather Ilott, who was an only child, was apparently rejected by her mother after leaving home at the age of 17 and getting married. Her mother left her out of her will and instead bequeathed her whole estate, worth around £486,000, to a number of animal charities.

When her mother died in 2004, Mrs  Ilott challenged the will in the district court and was awarded £50,000 after the judge found that her mother had acted “unreasonably” in excluding her daughter from her will.

She appealed against this decision in the hope of receiving more money; however the High Court has now ruled that the decision of the district judge was correct.

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