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State of play

Karen Bayley and Jennifer Ridgway consider case law concerning the management of a vulnerable client's assets, a mother's decision to disinherit her son and the consequences of a poorly drafted deed of variation

27 August 2015

McCabe v McCabe

This case concerned a bitter dispute between two brothers over the validity of their late mother's second will, which disinherited the younger son.

Mrs McCabe made her first will in 2007, leaving her estate to her sons Stephen and Timothy equally. The brothers had a hostile relationship, which escalated when Timothy initiated a police investigation into his mother's finances, implicating Stephen.

Mrs McCabe became so distressed that she stopped seeing Timothy and shortly afterwards, in 2011, she made a new will leaving her entire estate to Stephen. Dr A, a specialist in geriatric medicine, attended on Mrs McCabe and concluded that she had capacity to execute the will, before witnessing the will along with a member of the public.

On Mrs McCabe's death, Timothy challenged the second will, effectively forcing Stephen to...

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