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Wills & Probate

Businessman leaves millions to Oxfam under ‘common tragedy’

A wealthy businessman has left millions to the charity Oxfam after inserting a common tragedy clause into his will. Richard Cousins died along with his two sons, his fiancé and her daughter when their plane crashed in Australia on New Year’s Eve. Mr Cousins, who was the chief executive of the Compass Group, had made provision in his will for what should happened if all his immediate family died in …Read More

Brothers in dispute over house left in their mother’s will

The High Court has settled a dispute between two brothers after one accused the other of using undue influence to persuade their mother to leave him her house in her will. The case involved an elderly woman who moved in with her son after her husband died.  However, she later wanted to move back to her own home in Cornwall. The house needed significant repairs, so she decided to transfer …Read More