Educational blog: What is a Deed of Appointment in probate?

When dealing with probate and estate administration, the legal processes and jargon can be complex and overwhelming for your clients. There could be a Trust in the Will, and they may have to make a Deed of Appointment. Kings Court Trust’s latest blog answers some frequently asked questions about making a Deed of Appointment. As […]

SFE rebrands as The Association of Lifetime Lawyers

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SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) has announced that it will change its name to The Association of Lifetime Lawyers in an effort to better highlight the support offered to the public by its members. Founded in 1996, SFE has grown to be a national organisation of legal professionals from across the UK. Its lawyers advise […]

CLC launches State of Probate survey for 2023

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We have launched our State of Probate survey for 2023. The survey looks to take a snapshot of the current state of the probate market and examine the issues facing those working in the sector. We last ran the survey in 2021 and are running it again this year to benchmark changes across the sector. […]

Probate tech firm Exizent achieve Band 1 status in Chambers LawTech Guide 2023

Exizent, the Glasgow-based technology firm transforming the bereavement process by connecting the data, services, and networks of people involved, has been listed by Chambers in its 2023 LawTech Guide. Exizent have been rated ‘Band One’, the highest banding offered, after a rigorous assessment process conducted by Chambers including interviews with many current Exizent legal services […]

How probate delays affect Heir Hunters

Probate is a legal process that occurs after a person passes away. During this process, their assets are distributed to their heirs and debts are paid off. Unfortunately, probate can be a long and complicated process, with many potential delays. These delays can have a significant impact on the probate process. Probate delays recently hit […]

Assessing capacity to make a will: Recent case suggests a new approach

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Questions around testamentary capacity are one of the most common reasons for wills to be challenged – so it is incredibly important for private client lawyers to be able to assess this correctly, and stay up to date with the approach the courts will take in the event of such a challenge. Since 1870, practitioners […]

EC proposes new rules to protect people who have lost mental capacity

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The European Commission (EC) is proposing new cross-border rules to protect people who have lost mental capacity, with the UK under pressure to follow suit. This follows 12 years of advocacy from the global membership body STEP on the issue. The EC has recently proposed new rules to protect adults in cross-border cases when they […]

Survey reveals gaps in public’s knowledge of contesting a will

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A new survey has revealed significant gaps in the public’s knowledge of contesting a will, especially for those in younger age groups. The survey, conducted by JMW Solicitors, revealed that while 86% of Britons aged 45-59 have a basic understanding of contesting a will, just 55% know the specific grounds necessary to contest a will, […]

Charity tax: HMRC launches consultation on tackling abuse

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HMRC has announced a 12-week open consultation on a number of key charity taxation rules, with a stated aim of tackling non-compliance and protecting the integrity of the sector.  The consultation identifies four areas of tax compliance in which the rules are currently “not working as intended”, gives examples of issues which arise in relation […]

35% gap between men and women for private pension wealth, data shows

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According to the most recent data (2018 to 2020) the Gender Pensions Gap in private pensions stands at 35%. The Gender Pensions Gap is defined as the percentage difference between female and male non-zero uncrystallised median pension wealth around normal minimum pension age. The Gender Pensions Gap is smaller among a subgroup of employees who […]