Legacy in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Carr-Glyn v Frearsons (A Firm)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 29 Julio 1998

    The duty owed by the solicitors to the specific legatee is not a duty to take care to ensure that the specific legatee receives his legacy. It, also, is a duty to take care to ensure that effect is given to the testator's testamentary intentions. The loss from which the specific legatee is to be saved harmless is the loss which he will suffer if effect is not given to the testator's testamentary intentions.

  • Re Wright. Blizard v Lockhart
    • Court of Appeal
    • 13 Abril 1954

    In the case of a legacy to an individual, if he survived the testator it could not be argued that the legacy would fall into the residue. Even if the legatee died intestate and without next of kin, still the money was his, and the residuary legatee would have no right whatever against the Crown. So, if the legatee were a corporation which was dissolved after the testator's death, the residuary legatee would have no claim.

    Obviously it can make no difference that the legatee ceased to exist immediately after the death of the testator. The same law must be applicable whether it was a day, or month, or year or, as might well happen, ten years after; the legacy not having been paid either from delay occasioned by the administration of the estate or owing to part of the estate not having been got in.

  • Ashcroft v Barnsdale
    • Chancery Division
    • 30 Julio 2010

    I am also satisfied that, notwithstanding the 2007 Deed of Rectification, there still remains an issue, capable of being contested between the parties, which will be addressed by an order for rectification. HMRC's letter of 19 th October 2007 makes it clear that HMRC cannot accept the Deed of Rectification as having any effect for Inheritance Tax purposes unless the parties obtain a Court Order rectifying the Deed of rectification.

  • Marshall (Inspector of Taxes) v Kerr
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Junio 1994

    In English law the rights of a testamentary legatee in the unadministered estate of a testator are well settled: see Lord Sudeley v. Attorney General [1897] A.C. 11 and Commissioner of Stamp Duties (Queensland) v. Livingston [1965] A.C. 694. A legatee's right is to have the estate duly administered by the personal representatives in accordance with law. But during the period of administration the legatee has no legal or equitable interest in the assets comprised in the estate.

  • Re P
    • Chancery Division
    • 09 Febrero 2009

    In deciding what provision should be made in a will to be executed on P's behalf and which, ex hypothesi, will only have effect after he is dead, what are P's best interests? Mr Boyle stressed the principle of adult autonomy; and said that P's best interests would be served simply by giving effect to his wishes. In my judgment the decision maker is entitled to take into account, in assessing what is in P's best interests, how he will be remembered after his death.

  • Choithram Intl SA v Pagarani
    • Privy Council
    • 29 Noviembre 2000

    There can in principle be no distinction between the case where the donor declares himself to be sole trustee for a donee or a purpose and the case where he declares himself to be one of the Trustees for that donee or purpose. In both cases his conscience is affected and it would be unconscionable and contrary to the principles of equity to allow such a donor to resile from his gift.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Thatcher's Legacy
    • No. 5-2, May 2007
    • Political Studies Review
    At the time of Margaret Thatcher's fall, conventional wisdom held that Thatcherism was a leadership style that had departed with its author. In significant respects, Thatcher's economic reforms wer...
  • Some thoughts on legacy collections
    • No. 28-6/7, July 2007
    • Library Management
    • 347-354
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider the term “legacy collections” and aspects of their present and future states. This is a personal viewpoint. Design/methodology/approach: Examples ...
  • The legacy of foreign patrons
    • No. 54-4, July 2017
    • Journal of Peace Research
    Why do some armed conflicts that have ended experience renewed fighting while others do not? Previous research on conflict recurrence has approached this question by looking at domestic factors suc...
  • A Mixed Legacy
    • No. 64-3, September 2009
    • International Journal
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