Inheritance disputes are often about more than money and can sadly be intractable due to the heightened emotions involved. One case, involving a pub that was left in trust to three children, showed exactly why professional legal advice is needed to defuse feelings and provide clarity.
The pub, which had been valued at up to £2.1 million, had been put in trust for the children by the will of their deceased mother. However, difficulties arose because one of them (the son) had been in long-term occupation of the pub, from which he ran a successful business in which he had invested heavily, and had no desire to leave.
Acting with the authority of the High Court at every stage, the trustees of the will obtained a possession order in respect of the pub, and the son and companies that he controlled ...