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There has been a noticeable increase in the number of claims and reported judgments involving wills and estate planning. Some of these explore the duties of solicitors, not to the client, but to beneficiaries and executors, an area that has seen continued development since the House of Lords decision in White v Jones [1995]. Claimant lawyers, encouraged by the trend, are developing new approaches when suing solicitors. Despite mixed results, the cases show that the courts are still ready to expand this area and that solicitors in this field should be aware of the developments and the risk management issues they present.

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