Jenny Bird and Emma Saunders, associate solicitors in our trust and estate disputes team, discuss the judgment in the case of Scarfe v Matthews. This includes a rare examination of the doctrine of election, provides an example of how the courts apply the principles governing the construction of contracts to wills and demonstrates the impact of forced heirship on a testator's wishes for his cross-border estate.

This article was first published for Private Client Business in January 2013.

Scarfe v Matthews - March 2013.pdf