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Friday 12 October 2012

In a landmark ruling the Botswana High Court has overturned a customary law rule that only allows men to inherit the family home. According to the BBC, Judge Key Dingake found that the rule breached rights of equality, enshrined in the country’s constitution…

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Tuesday 09 October 2012
Manx National Heritage (Manx Museum and National Trust) has received an overwhelming response to its request for ideas as to how to spend a £1 million bequest from former Isle of Man resident Donny Collister. Donny Collister was a master painter, who had served during the Second World War. He died in 2007, aged 93, leaving an…

Thursday 04 October 2012
A new protocol designed to ease the administrative burden on family members in England who suffer a bereavement has been agreed by the British Bankers' Association (BBA), the Law Society and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). The protocol covers the exchange of information between banks and solicitors and estate practitioners following the death of…

Friday 20 July 2012
A family and estate executors are in dispute over the ownership of a listed farmhouse in Cornwall worth around £800,000, reports the Daily Mail. William 'Bill' Taylor, a former art historian, had invited his nephew and family to leave their own home in Sheffield and live with him in his farmhouse after a burglary left him feeling…

Thursday 05 July 2012
The estate of the late American artist, Thomas Kinkade, has become embroiled in a court battle, as his widow and girlfriend argue over the validity of two handwritten wills. According to the Daily Mail, Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose earlier this year, leaving behind an estate worth an estimated $60 million. At the time of…

Wednesday 28 March 2012
The Legal Services Consumer Panel has called for probate and estate administration services in England and Wales to be regulated and made reserved activities. The Consumer Panel has suggested that the proposed regulatory regime for probate and estate administration services should include suitability checks on individuals, including criminal records and bankruptcy checks; measures to ensure financial protection…

Monday 20 February 2012
A former farmer, who lived as a seemingly impoverished recluse in a caravan, has left a generous legacy to his local church, reports the Daily Mail. Maurice John Young died in 2010 at the age of 81, and had no wife or children. After his death, it was revealed that he had left £60,000 to the church…

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