Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Latest articles
Hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide fall victims to hackers every year. Is your firm one of them?
SPONSORED CONTENT Image source: Information is beautifulYou and other lawyers and legal assistants in your firm likely have accounts on the hacked websites listed in the image above. If a hacker...
New complaints handling guide offers advice to local authorities
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is today issuing new guidance on effective complaint handling for local authorities.Based on previous documents, the new guide offers practical,...
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.  But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020.  But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1...
Family Law Awards winners announced in virtual awards ceremony
The winners of the Family Law Awards 2020 were announced at 4pm during a much-anticipated virtual awards ceremony. Over the past ten years, the Family Law Awards has recognised the leading players in...
Behaviour-based divorces still merit close consideration
Some recent cases illustrate the evidential and procedural issues involved in dealing with proofs on the merits of divorce, which are worth considering even though most cases may conclude on a...
View all articles

Woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas will inherit his £1.8 million estate, judge rules in test case

Feb 26, 2019, 06:14 AM
Slug :
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : Yes
Prioritise In Trending Articles : Yes
Date : Feb 26, 2019, 06:00 AM
Article ID :

A woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas can claim his £1.8 million estate, a High Court judge has ruled in a test case, according to The Telegraph.

Sarah Ninian, 63, travelled with her husband Alex, 84, to the famous Switzerland clinic in November 2017 after he was diagnosed with a progressive incurable disease and was unable to get there by himself.

Mrs Ninian, who was named as the sole beneficiary in her husband's will, could have been blocked access to his estate, worth an estimated £1.8 million, because of laws barring inheritance when a beneficiary has been involved in a person's "unlawful killing".

But at a High Court hearing today she successfully applied for the so-called "forfeiture rule" to be waived or modified in her case.

Solicitor Gary Rycroft, from Lancaster-based firm Joseph A. Jones & Co, told The Telegraph that it could be a test case which will lead to greater transparency when people accompany their relatives to suicide clinics but are not charged with any offences.

"It could reassure people that they can come forward and not worry that they will be cut out of their loved-ones' inheritance," he said.

Read the rest of the news story here

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
  • family law
Provider :
Product Bucket : Family Law (General)
Load more comments
Comment by from