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Probate case study

Following Mr Grantham’s passing, his family discovered that he had written a will leaving his entire estate to Battersea Dogs Home. The will was only written a few months before his death and, since Mr Grantham suffered from dementia, his family suspected that he did not have the mental capacity to make a will at that time. Mr Grantham was a spontaneous man and had also made an earlier will on the back of napkin in a restaurant, witnessed by two of the waiters. This earlier will split his estate between his wife, Christie, and his elder son, Andrew. His younger son, Stephen, has been estranged from his father for a number of years, but is eager to inherit the family home and wishes to challenge this earlier will’s validity.

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