Ashfords' Disputed Wills and Trusts Bulletin - September 2017

The Advent of Electronic Wills?

What makes a valid Will? Should the current legal formalities, which originate from the legislation passed in 1837, be aligned with our changed 21st century lifestyles? The Law Commission has recently launched a consultation inviting both members of the public and professionals to share their experiences and comment on their proposed reforms in this area.

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Best practice for managing legacy disputes

An ongoing court case regarding a will dispute involving four charities has meant that once again charities are facing the criticism of the media. Despite a recent success for charities in the Supreme Court (Ilott v Mitson), charity legacy disputes are on the rise and continue to receive abundant negative attention from the media.

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Can a mistaken belief invalidate a will?

In the recent case of Ball & Ors v Ball & Ors [2017] EWCH 1750 (Ch) three of eleven children lost their challenge to the will of their late mother on the ground of lack of testamentary capacity. They claimed her will was invalid on this ground because their mother excluded them from her will in light of a mistaken belief about past events.

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Charities prepare for changes to direct marketing

Businesses across the UK are preparing for the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation in over 25 years. As of 25 May 2018 a new EU law, the general data protection regulation (the "GDPR"), will come into full effect. Regardless of Brexit the GDPR is here to stay and given the increased monetary penalties it is important that businesses are aware of what they need to do to ensure compliance.

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