Rare case sees will ruled invalid due to undue influence

In a rare example of a successful claim by the children and grandchildren of the late Mrs Jones, the court held that the testator’s will was invalid on the grounds of undue influence in the recent case of Jones & Ors V Jones. Background Daphne Jones passed away in hospital on 16th September 2021, aged 82.  Her […]

The Complete Guide to Executor Insurance

Insuristic, a specialist insurance broker to the probate market, has written The Complete Guide to Executor Insurance to help executors and personal representatives understand the insurance policies that are available protect them and beneficiaries. The guide covers the key insurance policies that anyone acting as an executor or administrator should be considering. The role of […]

The risk of building underinsurance for executors

If you are acting as an executor or administrator, it is your responsibility to arrange suitable insurance for any property in the estate. In the event of a loss, failure to arrange adequate insurance could result in the executors becoming liable to put things right. This could result in a significant financial liability for the […]

Inheritance tax receipts ‘on course to break new records’

The government’s inheritance tax (IHT) take is “on course to break new records” as HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) receipts continue to soar, it has been suggested. New figures published by the government this week revealed total receipts for the financial year up to July 2023 are £2.6 billion. This is some £200 million higher […]

Law Society voices concern as SRA consults CILEX regulation

SRA regulation of CILEX lawyers risks confusing consumers when trying to choose the right legal services, the Law Society of England and Wales has said. This comes in response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consulting on potentially including authorised members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) in its regulatory regime. CILEX consulted […]

Alcohol-free table option sees legal awards ceremony gain plaudits

An option for attendees to book seating at an alcohol-free table has seen a legal awards ceremony gain plaudits from thousands of users on LinkedIn. The British Wills and Probate Awards, hosted by Today’s Media, publishers of Today’s Wills and Probate, celebrates the best of the private client and estate planning profession each year. Hundreds […]

Pay rises for lawyers who move jobs treble that of those who stay put – study

Salaries for lawyers who moved firms last year increased by three times as much as those for lawyers who stayed loyal to their firms, according to new research by legal recruitment consultancy Realm Recruit. As part of its annual salary research conducted earlier this summer, Realm Recruit found that legal professionals who moved jobs in the last year achieved an […]

Exclusive webinar set to unlock insights into latest Bereavement Index Report

As we approach the upcoming British Wills and Probate Awards, a remarkable opportunity presents itself—an in-depth exploration of Exizent, our esteemed Networking Sponsor’s highly anticipated 2023 Bereavement Index.   Join us for this upcoming webinar where our distinguished panel of experts will dissect the prominent themes that have emerged from this year’s Bereavement Index—an annual […]

September blues

Are you currently eyeing September with a back-to-school feeling – knowing you have a pile of rapidly cooling leads you didn’t contact before you went away …and no real pipeline? Been there.  The juggle between holiday season – whether that’s swanning off to a Portuguese Golf resort with your 15 closest pals or trying to […]

Free webinar: FAQs about probate and estate administration

When discussing probate and estate administration with your clients, they will naturally have questions about the processes and the options available to them. To assist your client meetings and equip you with the knowledge to answer these queries, join Kings Court Trust’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday 20th September at 1pm. In this session, Technical Manager […]