Acting for a beneficiary in an estate straddling India, Turkey and several European countries including England. The worldwide estate was dealt with by a number of wills including an English will which purported to leave the majority of the worldwide estate to our client (but which was in fact subject to Muslim law) and a Jersey will dealing with Jersey assets. The distribution was complicated by the fact that the other principle beneficiary was suspected to lack mental capacity.
Disputes regarding family and inherited wealth are becoming more and more common. Complicated family structures, where people are having second or even third families, cross-border estates that span two or more jurisdictions and generally more valuable estates all tend to give rise to circumstances in which there is more scope for probate and will disputes (otherwise known as contentious probate).