Catherine McAleavey and Catherine Sanders discuss Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, severance of joint tenancy by will, contract to make a will, capacity for severance of joint tenancy, Finance Act 2006 changes, trustee exemption clauses and Re Hastings-Bass
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
Witowska v Kaminski  EWHC 1940 (Ch);  All ER (D) 357
Janina Witowska and Konrad Kaminski cohabited since shortly after Ms Witowska's arrival in England on a six months' visa in 1997, until his death in 2002. Between those dates, Mr Kaminski made a number of payments, ranging from Â£250 to Â£3,000, to Witowska. Kaminski's son, who would have been entitled to the whole of his father's estate on intestacy, appealed against the decision of the County Court judge who had agreed that Witowska was a dependant and awarded her Â£50 per week, being an amount sufficient to maintain her in Poland.