Probate applications now have shortest wait time in nearly a year, data reveals

The waiting time for probate applications has significantly decreased  in the number of weeks from submission to grant issue for all probate applications – decreasing from 13.7 to 11.3 weeks, according to HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). This marks the shortest waiting time since March of last year, which stood at 10.8 weeks. For […]

Isle of Man edges closer to legalising assisted dying after crucial parliamentary votes

Assisted Dying Bill could help families in England and Wales

The Isle of Man is moving toward potentially becoming the first part of the British Isles to legalise assisted dying, following pivotal parliamentary votes. Members of the Tynwald, the island’s parliament, are debating whether lethal drugs should be self-administered or administered by doctors to eligible individuals. Dr. Alex Allinson, both a politician and doctor, introduced […]

High court resolves ambiguous charity bequests in woman’s will

The England and Wales High Court (EWHC) recently ruled on a case involving the will of Marjorie Thompson, who left the residue of her estate equally to fifteen charities, several of which were incorrectly or ambiguously named. Thompson, who passed away on April 9th, 2020, had her will drafted by a now-retired solicitor. The firm […]

1 week until early bird deadline – #BWAPAwards2024

Early bird entry for the upcoming British Wills and Probate Awards, sponsored by CTT Group, is coming up 1 week from today on 24th May 2024. The cost of entering the awards is £129 +VAT (£169 +VAT from 25th May 2024) which provides the opportunity to enter up to 3x categories. You don’t need to […]

Children of tyre tycoon ‘squabble’ over £12.3million inheritance

The family of a millionaire tyre tycoon is locked in a £12.3million inheritance battle following his death in 2021. Yorkshire horse breeder Reg Bond died at the age of 77, leaving his legacy to his four children.  The High Court heard earlier this month how the family would ‘squabble over an egg and spoon’ reports […]

Acquisition reunites practice partner with the law firm where he learned his profession

A partner at leading Northumberland law firm Cartmell Shepherd is once again working for the company where he trained following a recent amalgamation. Simon Jewitt’s legal career began as a trainee solicitor at Cumbria-based law firm Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors 21 years ago. The opportunity to move back to his native Tyne Valley to work for […]

SRA ‘should withdraw’ proposals to regulate CILEX members

The Law Society of England and Wales has expressed concern at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) continued pursuit of regulating authorised and non-authorised members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). The SRA’s consultation into proposals to regulate non-authorised members of CILEX lacks clear, evidence-based reasons as to the impact of these proposals on […]

New partner boosts Lodders’ private client offering

Private client lawyer Dawn Oliver has joined Midlands and South West law firm Lodders as a partner. With over 30 years’ experience advising on private client matters, Dawn specialises in all aspects of private client work with a particular interest in lifetime and estate planning. She joins Lodders from a regional law firm where she […]

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 […]

Much anticipated new host announced for British Wills and Probate Awards

The British Wills and Probate Awards, sponsored for the second year by CTT Group, will return to Manchester as plans for the seventh edition of the prestigious event ramp up. Discounted early bird entry, priced at £129 +VAT, will close on 24th May after which the rate will go up to £169 +VAT. Firms need […]

Regional roadshows to showcase Lawtech innovation

A series of regional roadshows are coming later this month to showcase new technology in legal services. Starting in Swansea on 20th May, the events will move around country to Southampton, Oxford, Cambridge, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds; finishing in Newcastle on Thursday 23rd May.  The series has been launched by LawtechUK, which is delivered by legaltech […]

Genetic trait identified as predictor of Alzheimer’s

In a significant stride towards understanding and potentially treating Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have pinpointed a genetic trait that markedly increases the likelihood of developing the condition. The discovery, hailed as a milestone in the field, holds promise for more targeted treatments and early detection methods. A study conducted by researchers in Barcelona and published in […]

Exizent Announces Sponsorship of Women in Wills Initiative

Women in Wills

Exizent has announced its sponsorship of Today’s Media ‘Women in Wills’. Now in it’s fifth year, Women in Wills is a membership group for women working throughout the wills and probate industry focused on collaboration, insight and support. It organises online and in-person networking events, where participants discuss a broad range of topics, from the […]

Dying Matters Week: Many unsure of the definitions of funeral-related words

To coincide with the theme of language for this year’s Dying Matters Week, Funeral Choice has researched the UK’s understanding of funeral terminology. The funeral experts have identified distinct confusion around the most common funeral terms, which it says could make it more difficult for people to understand their options for those experiencing loss and […]

CILEx Regulation raise concerns in SRA consultation response

CILEx Regulation has submitted its response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s current consultation launched on 20 March 2024 which sets out their proposals for the regulation of non-authorised CILEX members, including CILEX students, affiliates and paralegals.   CRL remains concerned that the wider question of the lawfulness and legitimacy of CILEX’s proposals to redelegate regulatory […]

Building Societies Step Up with Multi-Million Pound Compensation for Philips Trust Victims

Three prominent building societies, Leeds, Nottingham, and Newcastle, have announced substantial financial compensation for victims of the Philips Trust scandal. This voluntary initiative aims to provide relief to individuals who lost substantial sums in investments, plunging many into financial turmoil and jeopardizing their homes. The Philips Trust, which collapsed in 2022 with assets totalling £138 […]