Government confirms no extension to video witnessing

The government have confirmed that there will be no further extension to legislation which permitted the remote witnessing of Wills via video. In a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 1st February, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Mike Freer said the special measure, which has been enacted for 4 years, will not […]

Private equity investment for national will writing and probate firm

A national wills and probate practice has secured significant funding to enable it to pursue an “ambitious growth strategy… accelerating the organic growth plan through M&A.”  Right Legal Group, which incorporates RightWill and Simpson Solicitors, has announced Vespa Capital LLP has invested in the business. The SRA regulated firm is led by CEO Carrie Caladine […]

Save the dates – Upcoming events from Today’s Wills and Probate

Today’s Wills and Probate has long championed the diversity of the wills, probate, tax, trusts and estate planning profession, serving up daily news, industry insight and best practice across both the regulated and unregulated legal communities.  The associated events programme similarly encourages will writers and solicitors to come together to collaborate and celebrate this vibrant […]

HMCTS addresses concerns raised by probate professionals in feedback session

The Probate Professionals User Group meeting update took place this week and revealed that HMCTS (HM Courts & Tribunals Service ) have confirmed that they are aware of the concern raised by some probate professionals that they are unable to produce the Legal Statement until the code from HMRC has been inputted. This week, The […]

Improvements to probate service ‘could help bereaved families’

Improvements to the probate service could mitigate the financial and emotional impact of delays on bereaved families, chartered accountancy body ICAEW has said. Responding to the Justice Committee inquiry into probate, ICAEW said that despite progress made by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to improve the Probate Registry’s service, long delays continued. These were […]

Surge in inheritance disputes fuelled by asset boom and growing dementia, research reveals

A significant rise in asset prices coupled with an increased incidence of dementia has led to a notable uptick in inheritance disputes finding their way into courts across England and Wales, as reported by The Financial Times. Legal experts caution that family conflicts over wills are becoming more prevalent, with opportunistic relatives, partners, and even […]

What clients want…

Today's Wills and Probate Podcast

The first Today’s Wills and Probate podcast on 2024, and the start of series 3, explores the perennial question on the minds and lips of most businesses… what do clients really want? A report from Law Firm Marketing Club does just that. Now in it’s 4th year, “What Clients Want” is an extensive piece of […]