Landmark Judgment: Langley v Qin undue influence case

The Central London County Court has delivered its verdict in the case of Langley v Qin, a matter revolving around alleged predatory marriage. This case, notable for being among the first to follow the precedent set by the England and Wales Court of Appeal’s decision in Rea v Rea (2024 EWCA Civ 169), sheds light […]

Government urged to subsidize weddings for low-income couples to combat loneliness

A recent report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has proposed a novel approach to tackling loneliness among poorer couples in Britain: state-funded weddings, as reported by The Times. Citing the stabilising effect of marriage on relationships and the financial barrier posed by wedding costs, the report recommends that the government provide up to […]

Legacy marketing investment increases by one third on previous year

New data released by the Legacy Futures group reveals that charity sector investment in legacy fundraising has grown considerably in recent years, likely reflecting both growing awareness of the importance of legacies in charity sustainability and hard work in securing budget for legacy marketing. Investment recorded in 2022/23 increased 31% on the previous year, accounting […]

Rise in families seeking green alternatives to traditional funerals

A direct cremation company says it is leading the way in providing a new green option for customers to help reduce their carbon footprint. Distinct Cremations, whose parent company is Westerleigh Group, is believed to be one of the first in the industry to offer sustainable choice as an optional extra. The firm’s Go Greener […]

Research shows that large proportions of family have disputes over inheritance

A recent study conducted by specialist will writers Farewill, on behalf of the Express, reveals that nearly 40% of individuals have experienced disagreements with siblings and other family members regarding inheritance allocations. These disputes, fueled by the increasing value of inheritances, pose significant mental and financial strain and risk leaving a toxic legacy within families. […]

Advisers urged to take action ahead of consumer duty deadline

The Equity Release Council (the Council) is reminding advisers of their responsibilities under the next phase of the FCA’s consumer duty, which comes into force on July 31st 2024. The ‘closed book’ phase of the duty means consumers on products that are no longer sold or renewed must come under the same scrutiny as those […]

Have your say on dealing with charity legacies – Survey

The Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) has today launched a survey asking probate professionals for their thoughts and experiences of dealing with charities. ILM has teamed up with Today’s Wills and Probate to understand more about the way in which law firms and probate practitioners interact with charity teams and what lessons can be learned […]

Make a Will Online wins Prestigious Award at Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards 2024

Make a Will Online has announced its victory in the “Best Strategic Will Provider” category at the Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Awards 2024. This prestigious accolade recognises Make a Will Online’s innovation in providing accessible and reliable solutions for will writing, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey towards transforming the landscape of […]

UK faces looming dementia crisis without diagnostic overhaul

A report warns that over half a million individuals with dementia could slip through the diagnostic net in the UK by 2040 unless significant changes are made to detection methods, as reported by The Telegraph With regulators evaluating drugs to slow Alzheimer’s progression, the NHS gears up for potential rollouts. However, the efficacy of drugs […]

TA v The Public Guardian 2023

In this instalment of our ever-popular ICYMI series, we take a look at TA v The Public Guardian [2023], a case that came about due to a challenge by the Office of the Public Guardian (‘OPG’) as to the validity of LPAs for both Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare (‘the LPAs’). They […]

HMRC publishes extra guidance on lifetime allowance abolition

HMRC has published additional guidance for pension scheme administrators on a range of issues, including the abolition of the lifetime allowance. HMRC provides further guidance on the abolition of the lifetime allowance (LTA) in the latest issues of the pension schemes newsletter. This includes answers to more frequently asked questions (FAQs). HMRC has circulated a […]

Labour to close non-dom IHT loophole

Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, is set to announce Labour’s plan to close an inheritance tax loophole for non-domiciled individuals and target tax avoiders to fund investments in schools and the NHS, as reported by The Telegraph. This move aims to address a funding gap created when the Tories scrapped the non-dom tax regime. Labour’s […]

Women’s pension pots ‘worth half of mens’

Women’s pension savings in the UK have been found to lag behind that of men, a recent study shows. With the average pension pot for women standing at £37,000. The comparison with male pensions find women’s savings are dwarfed, with men’s pensions average around £75,000. It was also found that men are ‘more likely to […]

Cybersecurity resilience is a ‘must for the modern legal landscape’ after Australian law firm data leaked

In January and February of 2023, cybercriminals targeted six law firms with the GootLoader and FakeUpdates malware. In the same year, the Australian commercial law firm HWL Ebsworth experienced a ransomware attack, where Russian-linked hackers claimed to have accessed sensitive client information and employee data. It was reported in May by the Australian Financial Review that hackers […]

“State of the Nation” Summit returns in May

An evening designed to foster discussion and debate on the current opportunities and challenges facing the will writing, probate, tax, trusts and estate planning community returns on 8th May following its successful return in 2023. Tickets are available to purchase via the links below. The Today’s Wills and Probate “State of the Nation” summit brought […]