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Coughlan Implications for health law and beyond

On July 16 1999 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in R v. North and East Devon Health Authority, ex p. Coughlan (The Times, July 20 1999). Whilst the principal importance of this case lies in the fields of health and social services law, the judgment of the Court of Appeal has much wider ramifications

Charitable Gifts for Elderly Clients

Elderly clients are often more inclined than the younger generation to make charitable gifts in their Wills; the reasons for this are varied. They may have a larger estate with fewer dependents; they often have personal experience of charities e.g., through relatives suffering disease and receiving help from a particular charity. Surviving spouses who are childless may be particularly interested in charitable bequests and the solicitor needs to advise appropriately on the various options and pitfalls. In this article Emma Chamberlain discusses some of the common issues that can arise.

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