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Family Provision

The Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal against an order under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in favour of a wife. The deceased had made provision in his will for his second wife (22 years of marriage) to occupy the matrimonial home rent-free. However, the practical ability for her to occupy the property was in doubt as she was to be liable for “payment of outgoings, insurance, repair, decoration and other matters as the Property Trustees shall from time to time consider reasonable”. The deceased had made no further provision for his wife because, as he set out in a memorandum of wishes, “she had not been a loving and caring wife before and during my illness. She acts compulsively and repetitively and gives me verbal abuse and physical abuse”.

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John Thurston

John Thurston, LL.B., TEP, solicitor.

Lead Contributor and Editor of Private ClientLine

He is particularly interested in the law relating to wills, trusts, taxation, powers of attorney and elderly clients. He frequently presents courses for Progressive Legal and MBL Seminars and local law societies. He is the author of "A Practitioner's Guide to Powers of Attorney", "A Practitioner's Guide to Trusts", "A Practitioner's Guide to Inheritance Claims" , "A Practitioner's Guide to Executorship and Administration" and "Estate Planning for the Middle Income Client" all published by Bloomsbury Professional. He is also a contributor to "Tolley's Administration of Trusts" and "Tolley's Administration of Estates", and contributed a section to "Tax Efficient Will Drafting" published by LexisNexis Butterworths. He is also a consultant.

Lesley King

Professor Lesley King

College of Law

Professor Lesley King is Private Client Practice Head at The College of Law, Bloomsbury. She is co-author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide and editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook. She is the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.

Ruth Hughes

Ruth Hughes

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Ruth has taught company law on the Bar Vocational Course and has contributed to the Trust Quarterly Review and other professional journals. She also writes headnotes for the Wills and Trusts Law Reports. She is the assistant editor of the Elder Law Journal. Ruth lectures on all areas of her practice and in particular proprietary estoppel. » More

David Coldrick

David Coldrick

Wrigleys Solicitors

David deals with all areas of private client work, including tax, trusts and estates. He has a particular interest and is a well-known authority on tax planning for the younger and elderly client and protection of assets of personal injury trusts, which involves a thorough knowledge of the benefit aspects and understanding of working with the disabled and their families. » More

Martyn Frost

Martyn Frost

Trenfield Trust & Estates Consulting Ltd

Prior to joining Trenfield Trust & Estates Consulting Ltd, Martyn spent a number of years with Barclays Bank Trust Company taking on a variety of roles, including heading the company's internal legal department.

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