Probate specialists have warned of the need to learn lessons from the debacle of a £520,000 bequest to ‘the government of the day’.The money was originally sent to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, but following widespread media coverage both parties said yesterday they would pass it to the Treasury.The will of former nurse Joan Edwards stated that her estate should go to ‘whichever government is in office in their absolute discretion to use as they may think fit’.Bristol firm Davis Wood was appointed as executors and trustees of the will.In a statement to the press yesterday the firm said: ‘At the time of the instructions received from the late Miss Edwards, the solicitor specifically checked with Miss Edwards about the unusual nature of her proposed bequest and it was confirmed by Miss Edwards at the time of her instructions that her estate was to be left to whichever political party formed the government at the date of her death.’However Richard Roberts, chair of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee, said: ’It seems to me if she intended [the £520,000] to go to a political party then the will has been badly drafted. All wills need to be very carefully drafted and not subject to any ambiguities.’Solicitors must check and recheck with their clients. That is why the membership of the new Law Society wills quality scheme will help raise standards.’Rebecca Forder, a specialist at national firm Irwin Mitchell’s will, trust and estate disputes team, said: ‘We would urge anyone making a will to ensure that they seek professional, expert advice when drafting the document, while we would also recommend that they sit down and discuss the decisions behind their wishes with their friends and family.’
The new line-up includes bikes for almost every segment, including smaller capacity bikes. Another year, another worldwide sales record for BMW Motorrad; their seventh in a row.The German marque delivered a total of 145,032 motorcycles in 2016. In 2017, they delivered a whopping 164,153 units, for a 13.2% increase.On the home front, BMW Motorrad Malaysia had debuted a large number of motorcycles in 2017, including the new S 1000 RR, S 1000 R, R 1200 GS Rallye, K 1600 GT, K 1600 B, R nineT Urban GS and the two models of the lightweight family, the G 310 R and G 310 GS.BMW motorcycle sales grew by 5% in 2017 in Malaysia.According to the BMW Motorrad HQ’s press release, the growth was driven by none other than the GS lineup, plus the S-series. The G 310 lineup has not only done well in the intended Asian and South American markets but similarly in Europe where they are especially popular with new riders.In fact, the biggest portion of the brand’s growth was in Europe, which contributed 15% over 2016. Out of that figure, France grew by 24.3%, Italy by 17.3%, and Spain up by 17.6%. However, the largest growth was still seen in Germany which contributed a 7.1% growth.What does the future hold for BMW Motorrad? BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, Timo Resch said, “We expect to see further growth in sales for our vehicles in 2018, too. We are looking forward to the positive impulses generated by the launch of the completely new F 750 GS and F 850 GS, as well as the much anticipated C 400 X mid-size scooter. Expanding our urban mobility product range is a key topic for the future of BMW Motorrad.”–Ads– The increase is attributable to the introduction of new models. It’s another record year for BMW Motorrad’s worldwide sales in 2017.