Finders International: Private client services

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Did you know that Finders International works with solicitors, legal executives, administrators, executors, state and corporate trustees, international lawyers, accountants, and other professional clients all around the world? Since the beginning, we have set out to provide efficient and effective services for private clients. They include the location of missing beneficiaries to estates upon intestacy. […]

Probate a “simple process” for majority – research


A clear majority of those involved in probate found the process simple, a new study has revealed, with a variety of factors said to be contributing to its simplicity. IRN Legal Research polled 257 adults who had recently dealt with a deceased person’s estate. 71% said probate was a simply process because the will was […]

Only one will writing brand recognised by majority of consumers, study finds

New research has revealed that just one will writing brand within the market is recognised by a majority of consumers. According to a study conducted by IRN Legal in November 2022, Cooperative Legal Services is alone in being recognised as a will writing brand by a majority of consumers (63%) when asked which brands they […]

Inheritance tax take up 18% on this time last year

HM Revenue & Customs' logo on a document with two pound coins. HMRC's inheritance tax take has increased.

New data released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed inheritance tax (IHT) receipts are up 18% compared with the same period last year. Total receipts for the financial year up to January sit at £5.9 billion – £900 million higher than the £5 billion seen last year. This rise is largely driven by […]

Majority avoid discussing ‘very awkward’ inheritance topic

Family discussing inheritance

The majority of people in the UK are avoiding discussion of the “very awkward” topic of inheritance, new research has suggested. Despite 72% anticipating that they will leave some sort of inheritance to their loved ones, some 66% of people have not discussed the topic with their family due to its purported awkwardness, according to […]

Women in Wills: Details confirmed ahead of International Women’s Day meetup

international women's day 8th march 2023 women in wills meetup

On Wednesday the 8th of March Women in Wills will be meeting in London to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). This year, the theme of IWD is Embracing Equity – it is important to recognise that individuals have different circumstances, so in order for people to succeed they require a variety of opportunities and resources. […]

Legal AI platform ‘marks new era for industry’, says Magic Circle firm

A new legal artificial intelligence (AI) platform has been described as “marking a new era for the legal industry” by one Magic Circle Senior Partner. The platform, known as Harvey, is built on the platform developed by Open AI – the team behind ChatGPT – and has been tested by 3,500 of Allen & Overy’s […]

Executor charging clauses: Common pitfalls


Being an executor or trustee is a thankless task. Full responsibility for the administration of the estate or fund lies with the trustee, and they are liable to the beneficiaries throughout for their actions – including the payment back of any sums found not to be properly incurred on the taking of an account. The […]

Work life matters: Emotions at work

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Hello everyone, I’m new around here. My name’s Rich and I’ve been working with professional services firms on employee engagement and wellbeing for about 25 years. I know, I don’t look old enough, right…? Err. Moving on… I’ll be writing a new monthly column to explore different aspects of working in the legal sector. This […]