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If a large share of a house is left in trust in a will.......

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Haggertyjane Tue 12-Jan-21 18:16:50

Does that share remain as a percentage of the value of the house at the time of the death of the benefactor or on the death of the residuary beneficiary?

My BIL has been left a small percentage of the family home in a very unethical will left by his wife. Not the issue here as a solicitor says he will have substantially more and a life interest, if the will is challenged in court.

Solicitor advises mediation and has advised all parties to get good advice and see if they can reach a suitable agreement amongst themselves, and then get a solicitor to draw up a mutually beneficial agreement, to save costs. Obviously everything will be run by the solicitors acting for the parties.

BIL is going to offer extremely good terms insofar as 80% in trust for the beneficiaries payable on his death. If he does this is that 80% of the value of the house now, or on his death. He feels that if he does work on the house and pays all maintenance and upkeep, that any increase in value should go to his own daughter not be given to the existing beneficiaries.

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Orf1abc Tue 12-Jan-21 18:23:57

It remains as an 80% share, so they'll still own 80% once he dies.

If he wants to add value to the property and that increase go to someone else, that needs to be part of the negotiation now.

Haggertyjane Tue 12-Jan-21 20:51:56

@Orf1abc Thats what we hope to do but not sure whether it would be acceptable or a reasonable thing to do? I believe a Mesher order has similar terms and conditions??

BIL was told if he pushes to court he could have a maximum of a 60% share awarded, so we hope the other beneficiaries will accept the above terms. Obviously everyone loses if it goes to court but we are hoping the generous offer of keeping 80% (around £400K) in trust will focus their minds.

Obviously we will discuss all possible options with his solicitor, but its not a deal breaker.

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dontdisturbmenow Wed 13-Jan-21 11:58:41

On which basis is the will being challenged?

Haggertyjane Thu 14-Jan-21 19:33:53

On the basis of beneficial interest in the house and insufficient financial provision for the surviving spouse

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