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Trustees Who Act in Good Faith Protected by Court

4th October, 2016 By Arman Khosravi

Beneficiaries are frequently unsatisfied with the actions (or often, the lack of action) of the executors of estates or administrators of family trusts, and the animosities that can arise are compounded if the beneficiaries feel they are being kept in the dark as regards the administration of the trust or estate. Where a discretionary trust is set up, the trustees have the right to administer the assets of the trust in a discretionary fashion, which can lead to claims of unfairness and bias from those who feel that they are...

Proper Planning Must Be Comprehensive

30th September, 2016 By Arman Khosravi

Many wills involve a degree of planning for Inheritance Tax (IHT) as well as just the appropriate division of the estate, but for any plan to be effective, it is essential that when the will is drafted, the solicitor has full knowledge of all the assets involved, which can include financial products or plans set up years prior to the drafting of the will. The dangers of making a will on the basis of less than full knowledge were clearly illustrated in a recent case in which a will was...

Proper Planning Must Be Comprehensive

30th September, 2016 By Arman Khosravi

Many wills involve a degree of planning for Inheritance Tax (IHT) as well as just the appropriate division of the estate, but for any plan to be effective, it is essential that when the will is drafted, the solicitor has full knowledge of all the assets involved, which can include financial products or plans set up years prior to the drafting of the will. The dangers of making a will on the basis of less than full knowledge were clearly illustrated in a recent case in which a will was...

Social Workers Wield Great Power – But the Courts Are Watching!

28th September, 2016 By Arman Khosravi

Social workers can wield immense power over people's lives – but one case clearly shows how carefully their activities are regulated by the courts. A local authority was ordered to pay damages of £45,000 to a mother and two young children after an inordinate delay in launching care proceedings violated their human rights. The children were born in Britain but had spent much of their early lives being cared for abroad by their aunt. Their mother remained in England and social workers became involved after they were delivered back to...