Contentious Probate 2024 : Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients
Court-Proven, Solution-Focused Answers to 7 Thorny Questions: Directly from 5 Top-Flight KCs and 2 Senior Juniors
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Contentious Probate: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients
Chaired by James Lister of Stevens & Bolton
James was shortlisted as “Partner of the Year” at the Citywealth Awards and one of Legal Week’s Private Client “Ones to Watch.” "He brings extraordinarily good insights."
Handling financial abuse cases
How do you gain an edge for your client when handling financial abuse cases, including dodgy attorneys and predatory marriages, and recover misappropriated monies?
Answered by Alex Troup KC
Alex is “a star of probate”, “among the most skilful barristers” with “a real commercial brain”. He acted in the high-profile Hughes v Prichard (2022) litigation.
Reasonable financial provision
How far can you push the court on reasonable financial provision for adult children, long-term cohabitees and spouses benefitting from life-interest trusts?
Answered by Constance McDonnell KC
Constance acted in the Court of Appeal in Hirachand v Hirachand (2021). She is "an absolutely stellar advocate, technically brilliant for complicated probate disputes."
Problems with capacity evidence
How do you control - and overcome - the problems with capacity evidence and turn the scale in your client's favour, following the spate of recent cases?
Answered by Kate Selway KC
Kate is "one of the most effective wills and probate barristers at the bar - she produces superb results.” She is author of “Establishing Fraudulent Calumny.”
Challenging Trustees' decisions
What are creative ways of challenging trustees’ decisions and securing a favourable outcome for clients, supported by case law and practical examples?
Answered by Matthew Hodson of Gatehouse Chambers
Matthew is a "standout rising star" with particular strength in probate cases. He is “just the kind of lawyer you want on your side” and sits as a Deputy District Judge.
How do you contend with - or defend - personal representatives battling with each other, including probate applications, letters of administration and strategic use of caveats?
Answered by Alexander Learmonth KC
Alexander won ‘Advocate of the Year’ at the STEP Private Client Awards. "He is just so dynamic, always seeing an angle that improves the client's position."
Going beyond Guest v Guest
To what extent will the courts apply the decision from Guest v Guest, but reduce the award due to proportionality and/or unreasonableness, and by how much?
Answered by David E Grant KC
David is “a first-rate silk and a superb speaker and communicator.” “He makes a technical and complex area appear quite simple and straightforward.”
Early onset dementia
With early onset dementia becoming an ever increasing reality, how do you protect yourself and the testator from attack on the grounds there was cognitive impairment?
Answered by Oliver Ingham of 3PB
Oliver is “tenacious, superb at arguing difficult cases and a pleasure to work with.” He acted in Kaur v Singh (2023), Hirachand (2022) and Jassall v Shah (2021).
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