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State of play: case summaries

Jennifer Ridgway and Elizabeth Eyre look at case law concerning the application of a will and managing the disposal of a vulnerable individual's assets to reflect the best interests principle

24 February 2016

Mr Crowley-Milling was a distinguished physicist who had a role in the development of touch screen technology. He has also worked on CERN, based in Switzerland. Mr Crowley-Milling died in 2012, with a will that made provision for his two nieces, with the residuary of his estate being left to the Royal Society in order to establish a scholarship programme.

The problem was that Mr Crowley-Milling's will referred to the balance of his estate in the United Kingdom. On his death, Mr Crowley-Milling had assets of approximately £900,000 located in Jersey and the Isle of Man.

The case reconsidered construction issues in will drafting. The major consideration was whether Mr Crowley-Milling, in referring to his UK assets, intended to include assets located offshore. On a literal application of constitutional principles, 'United Kingdom' does not include the Channel Islands or...

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