1. Peter Burgess
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    This is not an accurate reflection of what happened. In English law the costs do not come out of the estate. They are paid by the losing party. In this case Julia the defendant had taken out after the event insurance. So in fact an insurance company paid for the majority of the costs on both sides. Julia was able to allow this litigation to go on this far as she had no risk to herself. The policy premium was self insured. This meant it was only payable if she had won and was then recoverable from the losing side, which would have been me. The absurdity of this situation has been recognised by the government which has now changed the rules and such premiums are not recoverable. It is true that I was not interested in the money. I had always intended to give my share to Libby as she needed it more than Julia or I.

    The court found that Julia was the controlling force behind this will. The court also found that Julia had been writing herself cheques from her mother’s accounts and she was ordered to repay £18,700 back into the estate.


    • Charles Ticker
      April 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

      Thanks for the background information and clarification. And thanks for reading our blog!


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