A rather staggering case where the Will writer (Mr Curnock) insisted that because Mr Reeves had negotiated a fixed fee of £140 plus VAT, he would not be able to provide a first class service.

A key reminder for will writers:

Where there is a “substantial shift” in the dispositions by a testator and there is no “apparent good reason” for such a shift, those who are seeking to propound the later will have the “onus of satisfying the court that they were truly representative of the testamentary intentions” of the testator.  Find out why, and document the reasons!

A dramatic change to the deceased’s testamentary intentions, together with the deep involvement of the Claimant with the solicitor tasked with implementing that change in the Claimant’s favour are circumstances that do very much excite the “vigilance and suspicion of the court”. The Court found that the way that Mr Curnock went about the preparation of the 2014 will was not merely incompetent; it was reckless and quite possibly dishonest.

A lengthy but fascinating Judgment is available!