Good Morning - I would be grateful for any advice
Client made a will in the UK in 2005 - professional execs and 10 residuary beneficiaries
She retired to Spain in 2006 and never came back to the UK
She made a new will in Spain in Feb 2016 - Lay executors and different residuary beneficiaries - signed and witnessed according to UK law - revocation clause as standard - dealing with worldwide estate
She died in Dec 2016 domiciled in Spain
UK grant required to deal with Spanish assets and UK assets (Spanish lawyer agrees it is more cost effective to obtain UK grant)
As 2016 will was signed in Spain has to comply with Spanish law re wills - it does not - so cannot be proven in the UK
Can the 2016 will still be proven in the UK at Court’s discretion - I do not think so as Rule 30 does not seem to deal with this point - if not then the 2005 will is her last valid will and can be proven in the UK in the usual way (as signed in the UK) and her estate distributed accordingly.
Is the 2005 will her last valid will?
Beviss & Beckingsale