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Nazia Nawaz, Head of ContentiousProbate at Ramsdens, has featured on looking at the recent rise in the number of inheritance and succession disputes of farming businesses.

Commenting to the publication, Nazia said: “Such disputes have highlighted the risks that arise from lack of communication and documentation on the intention of farmers for their future generations and the succession of their farming businesses.

“One of the most common claims that arises is proprietary estoppel, which farming families are more susceptible to. This is due to the more informal nature of the running of the farm, relaxed and usually verbal partnership agreements and the unwritten expectation of some children of inheriting the family farm and/or business.”

In the article Nazia discusses the three key elements which must be satisfied to be successful in a proprietary estoppel claim and emphasises the importance in setting up Farming Partnership Agreements.

Read the full articles over on here.

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