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Government review of deeds of variation could lead to unwanted consequences and makes it more important than ever to have a properly drafted will


There is a mechanism in law that ensures heirs of a deceased, who dies without making a Will or who has made a Will but one that is no longer reflective of a change of circumstance, are not left forever disadvantaged by the application of the rules of intestacy or of outdated terms in the deceased’s Will. That mechanism is the ‘deed of variation’, also known as the ‘deed of family arrangement’.

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A lucky Defendant – our litigaton solicitors explain a recent case


If you are a Defendant in a claim, and fail to serve a Defence (a legal document responding to the claim being made against you), the claiming party can obtain default judgment against you. In other words, Judgement based upon your default of note filing a defence on time. If this occurs, you can apply to set aside Judgment, however the tests applied by the courts are strict, with one of the criteria being that the application to set aside must be made promptly. It is one of the important matters that the court looks at when considering the application.

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