Month: December 2018

Wills & Probate

House Of Lords Vote For Probate Fees Changes

The House of Lords have overwhelmingly voted against the changes to the non-contentious Probate fees bill. In a recent vote, 187 voted against declining the changes, whilst only 90 peers deemed the current system worthy of remaining in its current iteration. Lord Marks, of Henley on Thames, commented:  “That this House declines to approve the draft […]Read More

Wills & Probate

2018 – A Year In Review

2018 has been a year to remember for Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd (CTTC Ltd). From featuring in the Parliamentary Review to introducing innovative and ground-breaking features into our legal document drafting Software, Countrywide Legacy. We take a look back at our highlights of the year. Parliamentary Review Pictured above are Countrywide Directors Bob […]Read More

Wills & Probate

Santander Fined for Poor Bereavement Processes

Customers of Santander were failed for more than three years in regards to the probate services provided by the financial juggernaut. The FCA have consequently fined Santander £32.8 million for the way it dealt with the bereavement process of over 40,000 customers between the years of 2013 and 2016. According to the FCA, beneficiaries were […]Read More

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Excess Winter Deaths Highest Since 1975

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) recently published Excess Winter Deaths (EWD) data for England and Wales has revealed that England and Wales experienced more EWDs than any other year on recent record. 2017/18 excess winter deaths totalled 50,100. The records would have to go back to 1975/76 to find a year when more EWD […]Read More

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Attorney On Trial For Acting Dishonestly

Graeme Prance, who formed a rugby friendship with older rugby fan, Ken Elliott, has been accused of fraudulently stealing Mr Elliott’s son’s inheritance. Richard Elliott had a fractious relationship with his father Ken and only found out that he had been overlooked to inherit the family bungalow on the day his father passed away. Ken […]Read More

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Is Your Business Ready For The Blockchain Revolution?

Today’s world is increasingly digital. We are living in a time of constant change – not least when it comes to consumer expectations – and with this change comes new challenges that require new ways of working. Let’s face it, our communications, media, entertainment and business interactions are increasingly paperless, so why should will writing […]Read More

Legal Cases Wills & Probate

Contentious Trust And Probate Quarterly Round-Up Autumn 2018

Gelber and another v The Sunderland Foundation and others [2018] The High Court has exercised its discretion under Section 57 of the Trustees Act 1925 to grant additional powers to the trustees of a settlement created by the 11th Duke of Marlborough. The trustees sought new powers (i) authorising them to pay part of the […]Read More