Probate application delays persist

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Probate applications remain delayed despite a slight decrease in the wait for paper applications, new data from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has revealed. For the 26,637 grants of probate issues in March 2023, the average timeline from submission to grant was 10.8 weeks – showing an increase from February 2023 which was 10.6, […]

The cost of care for the elderly in the UK

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The cost of care for the elderly in the UK is rising at an alarming rate. The past year alone has seen an increase of almost 10%, so that a residential care placement will cost £41,600 per annum and a nursing home placement £56,056 according to healthcare analysts Laing Buisson. The spiralling costs of care […]

The Ombudsman’s Corner: May 2022

The Ombudsman's Corner

When we recently updated our Scheme Rules, we made an amendment to Section 2 – “Who can complain about what”, to include a new section which clarifies that a complaint can be brought to us where the service has been provided to an estate of a person who is deceased where the complainant is a […]

CTT Legacy Software: Digital Innovations for the Estate Planning Sector

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Since CTT’s inception in 2003, innovation has always been the driving force behind us. Founder directors Bob Massey and Clive Ponder launched the group to set a new, elite level of financial planning and asset protection for their clients. With that driving force has come some serious leaps in innovation for the industry over the […]

Court queues leave bereaved families in ‘limbo’, lawyer warns

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New research has revealed that civil service delays are causing huge disruption and emotional anguish to bereaved families trying to unlock estates, according to a private client solicitor at law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter. HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has been working with huge backlogs in processing probate applications since the start of the […]

Deadline day: Early bird entries to #BWAPAwards2023

Friday 12th May marks the deadline for early bird entries to the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023 at the discounted rate of £129 +VAT. The event is set to take place at a brand new venue, Manchester’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, on Wednesday 11th October 2023. The awards – now in their sixth year – […]

90% of young people undersaving in pension, research shows

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New data has revealed that nine in ten workers are saving less than needed for a comfortable retirement, reported by The Times. The report revealed that “workers, bosses and government may all have to contribute more to avoid an issue that has been put on the backburner by ministers”. Recent figures have also disclosed that […]

Practitioner shares top tips for ensuring clients’ digital identities never die

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Constance Campbell, Solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, has shared the below steps clients can take to ensure their digital assets are protected and accessible in the future. Make a legacy account for Apple This one is a must. Clients can follow STEP’s easy guide below to make a legacy contact with Apple. It will take less […]

Talbots Law moves into Coventry with Sarginsons Law acquisition

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Talbots Law has announced the acquisition of Sarginsons Law having seen fees accelerate to £22m in 2022, will retain all of the company’s 20 legal professionals. This includes Managing Partner Ian Cox, Finance Partner Lynne Robson and Partners Chris Bailey and Simon Booth. Plans are already in place to invest in the refurbishment of its […]