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inheritance | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Wills and ways

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There have been three cases concerning wills over the past couple of weeks, so we thought it might be time again to take a look at this rather ‘niche’ area of the work we do. As specialists in family law, we don’t deal with the making of wills in general, except for reminding our clients (of course) that the fact of divorce affects inheritance under a will, and when you’re going through a separation you may wish to update yours to make sure it reflects what you would wish to happen to your property in the event of your death….

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Step forward, cohabitants

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This week we’ve seen the law make a significant move towards better recognition of the modern family. The Supreme Court has recognised the right of someone who shared a home and life with a worker to claim a pension after their partner’s death on the same terms as if they had been married. You can click here for the full judgment. The claimant, Denise Brewster, lived with her partner William McMullan for ten years. On Christmas Eve 2009, they became engaged, but tragically William died just two days later. At the time of his death, William had been working for…

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“It is a wise father that knows his own child”

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In a week when we have marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, it seems appropriate that this week’s blog is set in an ordinary family, with a wide cast, comedy and tragedy, concealed identity, an intriguing sub-plot, and a little bit of magic to resolve everything at the end. (In case you were wondering, the title quote is from that most legal of Shakespeare’s plays, The Merchant of Venice.) The headline question in this case was whether an adult man had the right to paternity test the DNA of a deceased man whom he thought had…

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My kingdom for a horse

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You probably heard about the rediscovery last year of the mortal remains of King Richard III in the somewhat unregal location of a municipal car park in Leicester. The news was all over the media when the bones were confirmed as belonging to the king. Poor old Richard went from being demonised as the hunchbacked murderer of the princes in the tower, to being popularly known as the “king in the car park”. King Richard has been back in the news recently following the resolution of a court case in which the issue of where he should be reburied was…

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