Enduring Powers of Attorney

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Lenore Rice Thursday 15th June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to increase awareness about the abuse and suffering inflicted on older people in Northern Ireland, the UK... Read more

Significance of u-turn on absolute limits to care funding

By Lenore Rice The Conservative Party would prefer to call it a clarification rather than a u-turn, but either way, Theresa May has announced that there would be an “absolute limit... Read more

Over half of parents want to give away early inheritance

By Lenore Rice Just over a half of parents want to give an early inheritance gift to their children according to a new study by Key Retirement. The 53 per cent of... Read more

Writing a Will isn't just about who gets what

By Lenore Rice It is regularly estimated that approximately 70 per cent of adults do not have a Will, and recent research suggests that nearly a third of adults still fail... Read more

Supreme Court rules in favour of animal charities in Will challenge

By Lenore Rice The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of three animal charities who had challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal to award £160,000 to a woman who... Read more

Brothers asserting lack of testamentary capacity lose Will challenge

By Lenore Rice Two brothers have failed in their efforts to contest a Will of their father which bequeathed half of his £250,000 fortune to their stepmother. Richard and Jonathan Powell claimed... Read more

Make a Will in March and our fee goes to Northern Ireland Hospice

Wilson Nesbitt will be taking part in Northern Ireland Hospice's "Make a Will Month" again this year, meaning you can write a Will in March and make a donation instead... Read more

Inheritance lessons to learn from Prince and a princess

By Lenore Rice When it comes to making a Will and making plans to pass on your estate, there are no more obvious high-profile examples to look at than the cases... Read more

Study suggests dementia link to living near busy roads

By Lenore Rice A new study suggests that increased exposure to air pollution or noisy traffic may be a contributing factor to the onset of dementia. The study published in the Lancet... Read more

Making a Will continues to feature on resolution lists

By Lenore Rice There are a few resolutions that carry over from each year, and will almost certainly find themselves on next year's list as well - one of which is... Read more

Son of farmer who lacked capacity wins equitable estoppel claim

The courts have awarded sole ownership of a farming business to a farmer's son on the basis that it had been promised to him many years ago, and the son... Read more

5 things to consider when making a Will

By Lenore Rice A high percentage of adults in Northern Ireland consider making a Will but fail to carry through to writing one, largely because it is difficult to contemplate a... Read more

Diagnosis of dementia in younger people is increasing

By Lenore Rice Dementia is often considered to be a condition that only affects the elderly, but there are an increasing number of people in their 40s and 50s being diagnosed,... Read more

Cohabiting couples urged to make a Will to protect assets

By Lenore Rice A woman who almost lost £400,000 of assets she had accumulated with her partner is urging cohabiting couples to make a Will. Sue Singer, aged 56, says her house... Read more

Increase in gifting to cut inheritance tax bills

By Lenore Rice An increasing number of people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are making gifts of assets in order to reduce the inheritance tax bill their... Read more

Inheritance tax payments in the UK reach 35-year high

By Lenore Rice A freeze on the inheritance tax threshold, coupled with the removal of some tax reliefs and rising property prices has resulted in the highest number of families in... Read more

Jail for benefits claimant who failed to disclose £400k inheritance

By Lenore Rice A woman has been jailed for 2 years for claiming over £50,000 in benefits despite having received a £400,000 inheritance which she failed to disclose. Patricia Boaden received a... Read more

Reminder to write a Will in November and our fee goes to charity

By Lenore Rice We are just past the half-way mark of Make A Will month, in which you can write a Will and make a donation to charity instead of paying... Read more

Will Aid month is underway - make a Will and our fee goes to charity

By Lenore Rice Throughout the month of November you can write a Will with the assistance of our experienced Will writing solicitors, and make a donation to charity rather than pay... Read more

Woman used power of attorney to steal sister's inheritance

By Lenore Rice A woman is facing prison after being found guilty of the theft of her sister's £50,000 inheritance. Maxine Forster, now aged 50, had been granted a power of attorney... Read more

Will Aid - Write a Will and our fee goes to Charity

Wilson Nesbitt is delighted to confirm that we will be again taking apart in the Will Aid scheme this November, which means you can write a Will and donate the... Read more

People in Northern Ireland are the most reluctant to make a Will

By Lenore Rice Fewer people in Northern Ireland have made a Will according to research that looked at adults across the whole of the UK. The research by unbiased.co.uk looked at how... Read more

Increase in number of people contesting a Will in court

By Lenore Rice Figures from the Ministry of Justice have revealed a large increase in the number of people going to court to contest a Will. Complex family structures are thought to... Read more

Will revisions required to benefit from new inheritance tax allowance

By Lenore Rice Accountants are warning that thousands of people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will need to update their Will in order to benefit from a... Read more

Daughters to contest inheritance conditions that reward marriage

By Lenore Rice The two daughters of millionaire Maurice Laboz, who died at the age of 77 this year, are going to court to contest the conditions he placed on the... Read more

One in three people are counting on inheritance cash payout

By Lenore Rice One in three people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are expecting to receive an inheritance cash payout according to new research by insurer LV=. A... Read more

Disinherited daughter successfully challenges Will in landmark case

By Lenore Rice A landmark court decision that awarded a disinherited daughter a third of her mother's estate, despite the latter's express intention that she should receive nothing, could result in... Read more

Budget speech delivers living wage and inheritance tax boost

Chancellor George Osborne surprised many people in his Budget speech with the announcement that the living wage would be introduced for employees aged over 25, coming into effect next April. The... Read more

Court accepts entry in notebook diary as a valid will

By Lenore Rice An entry in a woman's diary has been accepted as a valid will by the Edinburgh Sheriff Court, who considered that it clearly expressed her wishes for how... Read more

Increasing number of estates are liable for inheritance tax

By Lenore Rice The continued freeze of the threshold at which inheritance tax becomes payable is expected to result in a record amount of inheritance tax receipts in 2015/16. The current inheritance... Read more

£1.3m compensation for daughter who was promised inheritance

By Lenore Rice The High Court in Cardiff has awarded £1.3million compensation to a woman who worked for nothing on her parents farm for years on the promise that she would... Read more

Wilson Nesbitt is participating in NI Hospice Make a Will Month

By Lenore Rice Throughout the month of March clients can write a Will with Wilson Nesbitt and make a donation to Northern Ireland Hospice instead of paying the standard solicitor fee. Make... Read more

38,000 inheritances delayed each year because of DIY Wills

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that as many as 38,000 inheritances in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are delayed each year because of poorly drafted Wills. An ineffective... Read more

Robin Williams family take inheritance dispute to court

By Lenore Rice An inheritance dispute involving the family of Robin Williams highlights the importance of clear and detailed instructions when writing a Will or creating a Trust. The children of Robin... Read more

Why modern life for over-50s makes writing a Will a necessity

By Lenore Rice Surveys consistently conclude that approximately 7 out of every 10 adults in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK do not have a Will, and there is... Read more

Cameron says inheritance tax cut will have to wait

By Lenore Rice Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that an increase in the threshold at which inheritance tax becomes payable may have to wait until after the General Election in... Read more

Rise in council charges on houses to recoup care costs

By Lenore Rice Local councils are registering a legal charge on 8 properties a day to recoup elderly care costs according to new data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. NFU... Read more

UKIP pledge to scrap inheritance tax

By Lenore Rice The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will pledge to scrap inheritance tax at it's annual conference this Friday, and while the party's chances of general election success next year... Read more

Son faked signature of brother to take £1.5m inheritance

By Lenore Rice Bristol Crown Court has heard that a man was cheated out of his share of a £1.5million inheritance after his businessman brother forged his signature to wind up... Read more

Musician Sting tells children not to expect big inheritance

By Lenore Rice Musician Sting has said that he does not intend to leave his £180million fortune to his children, and that they have already been told not to be expect... Read more

Daughters contest Will leaving fortune to mother's young lover

By Lenore Rice Two daughters are challenging the Will of their mother that left most of her £1.2million estate to her lover who was 23 years younger than her. Alison Walker and... Read more

Council fails to force sale of house to fund nursing care

By Lenore Rice A local council has lost it's bid to force the sale of a property belonging to an elderly woman who was taken into a nursing home. Mary Walford, aged... Read more

Government to promote lasting powers of attorney

By Lenore Rice The government is keen to promote lasting powers of attorney, will writing, and other matters connected to life planning with a special day to be held next year. The... Read more

Emily Morris receives STEP NI Diploma

Pictured right - The President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger presents Emily Morris with her STEP NI Diploma at a STEP conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast with... Read more

Planning a holiday abroad - some legal issues to consider

By Lenore Rice The summer holidays will soon be upon us and it is increasingly common for families to go abroad, but there are certain legal issues to consider before packing... Read more

Sisters remove mother as administrator of father's estate

By Lenore Rice The wife of multi-millionaire Northern Ireland man Michael Hoey has been removed as his personal representative after the High Court in Belfast ruled that she did not understand... Read more

Law Society advises Will writers on digital legacies

By Lenore Rice The Law Society has advised Will writers of the importance of clear instructions when it comes to their digital legacies. Many testators now have digital or online property, such... Read more

Nephew promised inheritance successfully contests Will

By Lenore Rice The High Court has acted to ensure that the nephew of an elderly woman who left his job to look after her received the inheritance he was promised,... Read more

Wilson Nesbitt clients help us raise £1665 for charity

By Lenore Rice We are delighted to confirm that our clients have helped us raise £1665 for the charities supported by Will Aid by writing a Will with us and making... Read more

Lessons we can learn from Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will

By Lenore Rice The Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed earlier this month, had written a Will that we can take some very valuable points from. First of all, that... Read more

Half of UK inheritance tax paid in London and South East

By Lenore Rice Approximately £3.1billion inheritance tax was paid in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in 2012-13, but half of that was generated from estates in London and... Read more

NI Mortgage advisers say only 1 in 4 clients have a Will

By Lenore Rice The results of a survey of mortgage advisers in Northern Ireland suggests that at best only a quarter of clients purchasing or remortgaging their property have written a... Read more

The Will to keep your New Year's resolution

By Lenore Rice Around half of us in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are expected to make resolutions for the New Year - only a small percentage will... Read more

Northern Ireland carer pleads guilty to theft from patient

By Lenore Rice Sally Convery, a former home help care worker from Londonderry, has pleaded guilty to the theft of £700 from her 85-year-old patient, and has been given a suspended... Read more

Make a Will and help charity at the same time in Nov

By Lenore Rice In November you can make a Will and have the solicitor fee donated to charity by taking part in Will Aid. This is the 25th year of Will Aid,... Read more

Councils cracking down on care home fee avoidance

By Lenore Rice Councils are said to be paying more attention to the motivation behind transfers of property by older people to their grown up children before they go into care... Read more

Inheritances dropped to sort retirement shortfall

By Lenore Rice An increasing number of people are having to drop their plans to leave an inheritance to their children as they begin to count the cost of retirement, says... Read more

7 out of 10 people who died last year had no Will

By Lenore Rice Seven out of ten people who died last year did not have a Will according to charity Carers Trust. People who die without a valid Will are said to... Read more

Care home costs reduce chance of inheritance

By Lenore Rice A new report claims that 75 per cent of people in England and Wales that go into a care home will see all their savings and property value... Read more

Couple escape jail sentence over Will forgery

By Lenore Rice A couple have evaded a prison sentence in respect of forging a Will and trying to defraud their own son of an inheritance, largely on the basis of... Read more

Power of attorney used to steal £170k from 96 yr old

By Lenore Rice A man has been given a 32 month prison sentence for using a power of attorney to steal £170,000 from this 96-year-old aunt, leaving her in debt and... Read more

Power of attorney used to steal from stepmother

A 66 year old woman has pleaded guilty to using a power of attorney to steal over £10,100 from her stepmother. Ann Fawcet and her husband were given power of attorney... Read more

Brothers win inheritance case against sister

A High Court judge has found in favour of two brothers who challenged payments made out of their late mother's estate to their sister. Susan Burbidge, aged 47, was cleared of... Read more

Will upheld despite declining mental powers

A son has lost his attempt to overturn a Will signed by his mother at the age of 88 without legal advice and without a medical check, despite the judge... Read more

Woman steals £120,000 from great uncles account

A woman who was put in a position of trust with access to her 84-year-old Great Uncle's life savings admitted to embezzling just under £120,000 to fund her gambling addiction. Franciso... Read more

Guidance for bank staff on powers of attorney

The Law Society has produced advice for Bank employees in dealing with people who are having to manage a bank or building society account on behalf of someone else using... Read more

Couple lose £500k legacy as Will ruled invalid

A couple have lost out on a £500,000 legacy in a Will made by a woman who they say decided to cut her family out of any inheritance because they... Read more

Trustees £500k pay-off amounted to misconduct

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has found that the trustees of Glasgow East Regeneration Agency (GERA) were guilty of misconduct when they paid out a £500,000 redundancy... Read more

Jail sentence for aunt who stole inheritance

Carole Walker, aged 57, has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting the theft of over £30,000 inheritance money that was intended for her niece. Ms Walker was named... Read more

More people living to 100 alters inheritance plans

A new report by the Office for National Statistics shows that more people in England and Wales are living beyond 100 years, raising more questions on the affect of an... Read more

Power of attorney used to sell house and steal proceeds

The nephew of a 92-year-old woman successfully obtained power of attorney to manage her affairs despite having convictions for various crimes, including money laundering. Widow Betty Harrison moved into a care... Read more

Power of attorney used to steal from mother

An online gambling addict was found guilty of breaching both the trust of his employers and his dementia suffering mother as he stole money from both to fund his addiction. Graham... Read more