Contentious Probate

Proprietary Estoppel – How reliable is a promise of a lifetime?

Proprietary Estoppel – Can a promise made during your lifetime give rise to a claim against your estate? The Court of Appeal in the case of Habberfield v Habberfield ([2019] EWCA Civ 890) has sought to clarify the issue of proportionality in deciding the level of an award in proprietary estoppel claims.  Claims for proprietary …

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When You Have Not Been Reasonably Provided For (Case Study of a Claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975) (“the Inheritance Act”)

In late 2014 Summit Law LLP was approached by a client. He was a young man, just 18 at the time and unfortunately his father had died. Our client was distressed. After his father’s death a Will materialised leaving a small legacy to him and other small legacies to friends and other family of the …

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