She left a complicated, but very tax-efficient, Will that included two separate trusts each of which could last for 125 years, although she obviously expected the trustees to wind them up during her children’s lifetime.
The provisions of the Will did not quite work, certainly not so far as Mr D was concerned, so litigation followed. It was settled quickly because there was no real dispute, but there was a need to have the court’s approval on behalf of possible beneficiaries who could not speak for themselves. Many were not even born yet.
The solicitors acting in the estate asked us to act for the unborn beneficiaries, which we did in joining in an application to persuade a High Court judge that the settlement was in everyone’s best interests.