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Proprietary Estoppel: son entitled to inherit family farm and mother's farming partnership share (High Court)

Posted by Stephen Fisher Crouch on July 2nd 2018 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

The High Court held that, under proprietary estoppel, a son (G) was entitled, on his mother's (Mrs T's) death, to the entire family farm and her farm partnership share.

From leaving school in 1979, G worked on his parents' farms, seven days a week, up to 18 hours a day, with...

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Proprietary Estoppel

Posted by Stephen Fisher Crouch on September 30th 2014 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

“But he promised that I could have it…”

It may not be too difficult for most of us to recall a situation where we’ve promised that we’ll give something to someone else, but what happens when you promise someone something big and they rely on that promise?

Proprietary Estoppel is a law...

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Deathbed Gifts

Posted by Stephen Fisher Crouch on December 18th 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

Is it possible to make a gift on your deathbed that bypasses your will or intestacy?

The simple answer is yes.  There is a little known legal concept which allows a deathbed gift to take effect without the usual formalities for making a will.  This is known as Donatio Mortis Causa.

In order for...

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Disputes Over Land: Love Thy Neighbour

Posted by Stephen Fisher Crouch on August 29th 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

The initial problem arose because the strip of land which had previously been registered as part of 29 Milner Street for nearly a century was also added by the Registrar, in error, to the registered title for 31 Milner Street in 1986. When this mistake was spotted in 2012 the...

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