Month: May 2015


Today’s Wills and Probate hits 500 subscribers

We are pleased to announce that our publication, Today’s Wills and Probate, the sister publication to established news site, Todays Conveyancer, has reached 500 subscribers within six months of launching. Building on the success of Today’s Conveyancer, we launched Today’s Wills and Probate at the back-end of 2014 with the intention of informing will writing […]Read More


Landmark Information Group signs partnership with Experian

As part of the agreement, Landmark’s Financial Asset Search service now includes Experian’s Unclaimed Assets Register search with every orderLandmark Information Group has entered a partnership with Experian, the leading global information services company. The first deliverable from the agreement is to automatically include Experian’s Unclaimed Assets Register (UAR) search for lost financial assets into […]Read More

Wills & Probate Market

Live for today and not tomorrow?

According to recent reports, traditional inheritances are ‘dying out’ and allegedly half of those in retirement are giving a ‘living inheritance’ before they die. A study found pensioners today are keener on seeing their relatives enjoy it while also escaping inheritance taxes. With people living longer, this way they are less likely to have a […]Read More


Yes! You do have difficulty with getting financial institutions to

Following on from a recent article on Today’s Wills & Probate regarding the Financial Ombudsman’s efforts to improve awareness of powers of attorneys with financial institutions, it seems that many will writers and solicitors do have trouble with getting them recognised by the banks. Posting the question in groups on LinkedIn provoked the following responses:- Rachel […]Read More

Firms & People

Probate business sold by HSBC Trust

HSBC Holdings have agreed a deal to sell its UK probate business for an undisclosed amount to Simplify Channel Ltd. The transaction, which is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2015, includes 73 employees moving to the probate services firm, together with a referral arrangement for HSBC Trust Co to refer clients needing […]Read More


The not so ‘Young One’ who didn’t think ahead

Probate records recently revealed that the late comedian Rik Mayall failed to make a will during his lifetime, despite a near death experience which saw him suffer serious head injuries following a quad biking accident in 1998. Mayall enjoyed success over a career spanning 30 years and being one of the leading ‘alternative’ comics in […]Read More


What impact will the increase in court fees have on

The government recently published plans to increase court fees. The last increase was in April 2014 and now the March 2015 rise could see significant increases in some areas. For example, Claims between £10,000 and £200,000 will incur a court fee of 5% of the amount claimed Claimants issuing through Secure Data Transfer (SDT) or […]Read More