The Wicked Stepmother Strikes Again … ?

A wealthy retired insurance broker in his 80’s who has dementia, has recently been the subject of court proceedings relating to whether or not he has the mental capacity to marry. The man, a [...]

Defending an estate from a Will challenge

It can come as an enormous shock when a loved one dies, to find that their Will is being challenged.  The initial reaction of most people is that it can’t be possible; that the whole point of [...]

National Crime Agency Data Shows increase in Missing People

In England and Wales a person is reported missing every 90 seconds. There has been a 15% increase in the number of missing people calls from 2015/16, according to data from the National Crime [...]

Grieving Family of Missing Man Receive Pay Out

A grieving South Wales family has won a battle to have a cash sum paid to them by their missing son’s employers. Kyle Vaughan, 24, went missing following a car accident on 30th December 2012.  [...]

The Ilott v Mitson Decision – Adult Children and Inheritance Disputes Briefing Note

The long running case of Ilott v Mitson has encouraged many adult children to investigate whether or not they can bring a claim against a deceased parent’s estate. The final decision has today [...]

Silver Splitters and Will Disputes

A trend of older couples splitting up could see a rise in will disputes, according to Sarah Young, a disputed wills specialist with Ridley & Hall Solicitors. The number of over 60’s divorcing [...]

Nigel’s Nutty Nine

At Ridley & Hall we are passionate about helping those who are living with dementia and their carers. A team of nine from Ridley & Hall have come together to participate in the ‘Running [...]

Court Decides Missing Huddersfield Man is “Presumed Dead “ against family’s wishes

After more than 8 years, a judge in Leeds has decided that Steven Frank Cooper of Golcar, Huddersfield, who went missing in January 2008 must be presumed to have died, despite the opposition of [...]

Inheritance Disputes – the Dementia Time Bomb

In the UK some 800,000 people are living with dementia; over 64,000 in our region.  Rising property prices, the baby boom and the wealth of the over 50’s have led to an increase in inheritance [...]

When is a Gift not a Gift? Undue Influence and Lifetime Giving

Your mother dies, and you find out that your brother has been ‘given’ tens of thousands of pounds by her in the last months of her life. What can you do? The legal concept of “undue influence” [...]