Rossa McMahon writes in today’s Irish Examiner about some of the legal issues arising out of the illegal adoptions story. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar … says the sense he has from the people affected is that they are looking for information, not money. This is a convenient attitude for the Government to take, but the reality […]
What is a child entitled to from a parent’s will?
This seems like a simple question, though it is anything but. A report in today’s Irish Independent highlights the issue with a dramatic headline: End of inheritance: changes to law means parents can cut children out of their wills The detail, of the existing law and proposed changes to it, is more complex. The article […]
The cost of homemade wills
Our recent 5 tips for making a will post mentioned the danger in making a will without legal advice, as highlighted by a High Court decision in 2011. That case involved the will of a well-known poet and philosopher which made mistakes common in many homemade wills. In considering the will, Mr Justice Gilligan highlighted […]
5 tips for making a will
No-one wants to think about dying, but it will happen to us all. This stark reality means planning for what happens after death is something everyone should do. One interesting case which highlighted the dangers of “home made” stressed the importance of a properly drafted will: The making of a last will and testament is […]
Are children entitled to a share of a parent’s estate?
When making a will you can, to a large extent, divide your estate whatever way you like. There may be practical or taxation reasons for structuring a will a certain way, but the law allows a wide discretion on how you divide up your assets. If you are married, however, your spouse is entitled to […]
Lessons from Teagasc’s farm succession clinic
As solicitors with broad experience advising farming families we were delighted to be invited by Teagasc to attend their Transferring the Family Farm Clinic for the Limerick/Kerry region which took place today (13 October 2015) in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine. John Molyneaux and Rossa McMahon met many farming families for one-on-one consultations in a […]
Succession planning still an issue for Irish family businesses
PwC have published an interesting survey on family businesses which has a global scope but also has significant conclusions in relation to Irish businesses. The survey covers a range of issues including growth, going digital and the increase in professional management of family businesses. A striking finding, however, is that only 1 in 10 of […]
Court guidance on claims by cohabiting partners
When the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 was introduced, most of the focus was on the first element of the Act: civil partnerships. With the passing of the marriage referendum it appears that the Government will in fact revoke legal provision for civil partnerships. However, a significant part of […]