Profile: Wills and Estates
Experience and Expertise
Kate has built up a wealth of advisory and litigation experience in this practice area.
Her extensive probate practice regularly includes the following: 1975 Act litigation; will validity issues: testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence, execution and attestation, forgery; lost wills; probate receiverships; domicile and conflicts of laws issues; will construction problems; tax and estate planning; will drafting and deeds of variation; administration of estates; intestate succession and bona vacantia matters; devastavit claims against personal representatives; advising and representing charitable residuary legatees.
Work and Cases of Note
- Siaw-v-Lock & Ors  EWHC 2926 (Ch) (Administration of estates; consent orders; proprietary estoppel; receivers’ powers and duties)
- The Solicitor for the Affairs of Her Majesty’s Treasury-v-Doveton  EWHC 2812,  BPIR 352 (Probate and the administration of estates; will forgery)
- IRC-v-Arkwright  WTLR 855,  1 WLR 1411, also reported in Simon’s Tax Cases (Ch D, Gloster J) (A special commissioner had jurisdiction to hear an appeal in relation to an inheritance tax dispute on an issue of law but had no jurisdiction to determine the value of the interest in a property for the purposes of inheritance tax. That was an issue for the Lands Tribunal.)
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