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Inheritance increased after challenging will


A dementia stricken woman slashed her daughter’s inheritance after changing her will just before she died. However, the deceased’s will was challenged in court, resulting in the


daughter’s inheritance being increased by 400 per cent. The case was brought to court by Thursfield Solicitors, who said it was


important to challenge wills if legacies were smaller than expected. The firm acted under the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision


for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Pam Deol, a senior associate solicitor in the dispute resolution


team at Thursfields, revealed the deceased had made a new will reducing her daughter’s inheritance to approximately £46,000 – but with legal help she succeeded in increasing this to over four times that figure. Ms Deol, a wills specialist and a member of the Association


of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), said: “In this case, there was a potential claim for challenging the validity of a new will made when the deceased was both elderly and suffering from dementia. “The claimant had been the sole executrix and


sole beneficiary of the whole of her mother’s estate in the previous will made several years before death, but the deceased had changed her longstanding will in the last year of her life. “Contested will and probate claims are


Pam Deol: Deceased was elderly and suffering from dementia


increasing due to clients being more aware of their rights, the rise in cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and the aging population suffering from dementia and other such illnesses.”


Sector Focus


Solar energy supplier sold for £12.5m


A Clevedon solar energy equipment supplier has been sold to international industrial group Hill & Smith Holdings for £12.5m. The Clevedon firm is Prolectric


Services, which was the first company in the UK to introduce solar powered streetlights, in 2011. The firm has gone on to develop


other sustainable energy products, including solar power CCTV security systems. The deal to sell Prolectric to Hill


& Smith was done with the support of the corporate team at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, led by Adam McGiveron. He said: “This is yet another


great example of a fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses taking the next step in its growth journey. “We’ve worked with


shareholders at Prolectric for many years and are delighted to support this great deal that benefits both parties.” Gregg Poulter, finance director at


Prolectric, said: “This deal is good for both parties. Our tried and tested products provide an innovative no emission solution for Hill & Smith’s client base and we gain access to global markets that will benefit from our products.”


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