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Sibling rivalries trigger record high in trust litigation. It has been reported that sibling rivalries and “intergenerational issues” have caused a record high in litigation over family trusts in the High Court.

High Court judges have overseen a 43 per cent rise in disputes over trusts in the last year, with 201 disputes having gone to court, up from 141 in the previous 12 months. Trust dispute cases have more than doubled over the past five years, from 98 in 2012, according to the figures, which were released last month by the Ministry of Justice.

Disputes regarding trusts and wills between family members are increasingly common and are well suited to mediation.