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Dispute Over Family Farms Can Be Avoided With Sound Planning

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Sadly, disputes over family farms hit the headlines with increasing frequency, and a case that was dealt with by the High Court in recent months will have given many farming families pause for thought. The case saw the Court of Appeal make a judgement in a...

Snubbed Son is Awarded Share of Family Fortune After Will Dispute

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Disputes over inheritance are, sadly, very common, and they can cause lasting damage to family ties. While a carefully-written Will can ensure an estate is distributed according to the wishes of the deceased, Wills can be successfully contested, under some...

Disputes Over Family Farms Can Cause Damaging Rifts

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Sadly, disputes over family farms hit the headlines with increasing frequency, and a case that is being dealt with by the High Court at the moment will be particularly troubling for many. This case sees a farmer being sued by his mother in a bitter court...

Life-saving Equipment Donated To Carmarthen Sporting Clubs by Local Law Firm

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Two popular Carmarthen sports clubs now have access to life-saving defibrillator equipment thanks to a year of charity fundraising by JCP Solicitors, which is based in the town. A new public access defibrillator, donated to the Carmarthen & District...

Headline-Grabbing Inheritance Disputes Should Prompt Us All To Make A Will

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Some unusual legal cases have hit the headlines in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of making a Will, and of seeking professional advice to ensure it is valid. One colourful case saw a cabbie claim that a regular fare had bequeathed him his whole...

Ask The Legal Expert - Preventing Inheritance Claims After Death

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My son has worked with me on the family farm for 20 years and I’ve told him in the past that he would inherit the business. However, we have had a serious rift. If I now leave the farm to his sister and mother could my son contest the Will upon my...

Ask The Legal Expert- Making A Will and Succession Planning in a Small Business

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I run a plumbing business with my dad, who plans to leave it to me on retirement. Dad is 65 now and a little forgetful. He has left signed and detailed instructions about our succession plans, but not as a formal Will. He argues that everyone has always...

JCP Director Named as Finalist in IoD Director of the Year Awards

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Richard Howells, Head of Lifetime Planning Disputes at JCP Solicitors has been shortlisted in the IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards 2017, which honour many of Wales’ most influential and motivational business leaders. Over 35 directors have been...

Complex Inheritance Case Highlights The Principle of Reasonable Financial Provision

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The widely-reported case of a daughter who has made a claim on her mother’s estate after her death, despite their long estrangement, highlights the importance of leaving very clear instructions in your will about how you expect your estate to be...

Ask The Legal Expert: Preventing Inheritance Claims

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JCP Director and Head of Lifetime Planning Disputes, Richard Howells, shares advice on preventing inheritance claims after death. “My son has worked with me on the family farm for 20 years and I have told him in the past that he would inherit the...

Legal Firm Goes to Bat for South Wales Junior Cricket League

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What have Hugh Jackman, Daniel Radcliffe, Mick Jagger, Lily Allen, Peter Davison’s Doctor Who and JCP Solicitors all got in common? The answer has little to do with the Oscars, and even less to do with a rock and roll lifestyle. It is, in fact, a...

Case Study: Wales Air Ambulance Thanks Legal Specialist

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​Wale s Air Ambulance has said a big thank you to South and West Wales law firm JCP Solicitors after their diligent work regarding a Will led to the ‘rescue’ of a five-figure bequest. Wales Air Ambulance called upon the services of JCP...

Ask The Legal Expert- Inheritance And The Family Farm

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Our Ask The Legal Expert blog gets the latest specialist advice from the specialist Rural Practice team at JCP Solicitors. This month, Partner Richard Howells talks about a very common legal issue– inheritance disputes arising over...

Willpower: Mind Over Matter

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For a will to be valid, the person making the will, known as “the Testator” must have sufficient mental capacity to execute the will at the time the will was signed and witnessed. The test for testamentary capacity has long been established...

Will Not Invalidate

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Until recently, it was established law that a will had to be signed correctly to be valid, however, the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Marley v Rawlings [2013] has cast a shadow of doubt over this presumption. The case concerned a will of...