Preventing an unmarried partner from becoming homeless

Ahmed was in a relationship with Caroline.  They had been together for many years.  Caroline even persuaded Ahmed to give up his council flat in order to move into a property that she owned. Unfortunately, Caroline became ill and sadly passed away at the age of just 45. Caroline never made a will, and so the rules of intestacy applied …

Enforcing a promise for provision

15 years before his death, Jean’s father asked her to provide care and domestic services to him, free of charge, for the rest of his life. In return, Jean’s father promised her that he would change his will so that she could inherit his house after his death. Jean upheld her side of the bargain. She provided care and domestic services to …

Upholding parents’ agreement to make provision.

When they were younger, Helen and Sarah’s parents made wills in mirror image terms.  Those wills provided the parents’ estate to each other in the first instance, and then divided the estate equally between Helen and Sarah. Further their parents agreed with one another that they would never alter their wills again, so that they could each feel confident that, …

A will made when there was a lack of capacity.

In 2007, Norma made a will that divided her estate equally between all of her nephews and nieces.  She did not have children of her own and wanted to benefit her extended family. Unfortunately, Norma then developed early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was eventually admitted to a specialist care home. Her condition was so bad that she did not even recognise most …

Financial provision secured for Janet after her father disinherited her.

For most of her life, Janet enjoyed a great relationship with her father. Then a big argument between her father and her husband spoiled that relationship. The argument was not Janet’s fault, but her father started to refuse her calls and would not answer the door when she visited.  Janet was unable to reconcile the relationship with her father, even …