Testamentary capacity is an increasingly difficult and important area in will preparation. The rise in capacity issues, associated with the increasing aging population and longer life expectancy, has become a fruitful area for dispute and litigation. This book equips practitioners with the knowledge and practical guidance needed in this complex but commonplace problem area.
Featuring an explanation of the law relating to testamentary capacity, the book also includes a practical section on the role of the will draftsman. Covering all associated areas such as interviews, questioning, recording of relevant information, and risk management policies, these issues are put into context by a guide to mental health issues that can affect capacity.
This books also features a section on litigating in this area including pre-litigation considerations, a guide to ADR and settlement, and procedural issues.
Written by experienced wills practitioners and an expert in old age psychiatry, this book is the first to link relevant medical issues directly to law and practice, presenting all the information a draftsman or litigator needs on the subject. This is an invaluable resource for all concerned with issues of testamentary capacity.
Martyn Frost FCIB TEP has over 45 years of working with wills, estates, and trust administration. He is Director Trenfield Trust & Estate Consulting Ltd, a former Deputy Chairman of STEP, and co-author of Risk and Negligence in Wills, Estates, and Trusts (2e, OUP, 2014). Stephen Lawson TEP is a solicitor at the FDR Law and has extensive contentious trust experience. He is a member of the STEP Worldwide Council and The Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists. Robin Jacoby DM FRCP FRCPsych is Professor Emeritus of old age psychiatry in the University of Oxford. He has written over 250 reports in cases of contentious probate and golden rule assessments, and has appeared as an expert witness in court. He is a vastly experienced author and an expert on testamentary capacity.