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 […]

Optimising Financial Operations: Strategies for Large Firms

The dynamic nature of the legal industry presents enterprise law firms with distinct challenges in managing their financial operations effectively. From complex billing structures to stringent regulatory requirements, navigating the intricacies of financial management requires strategic foresight and innovative solutions. In this blog post, we’ll explore key strategies that large law firms can implement to […]

Dedicated auction platform for probate property launches

A dedicated probate auction platform has been launched exclusively for probate property, serving executors, administrators, solicitors and family of the deceased.  Probate.Auction is described by its founders as the first countrywide auction platform for probate property. It hopes to deliver speed, transparency and certainty for probate properties, reducing the average time to sell from 140 […]

Understanding the true cost of dying

There was some interesting research recently that sought to define the true cost of dying. An annual report from the insurance provider SunLife suggested that costs had reached a record high: funeral costs have risen by 4.7% while the overall ‘cost of dying’ has reached more than £9,500. It’s an alarming figure by any measure. […]

Australian practice management system launches in UK

An Australian practice management system has formally launched in the UK at this year’s Legalex Conference. Smokeball is a cloud practice management platform first launched in Australia in 2008 and since then has expanded in to the USA in 2012. It says it now serves 15,000 clients across various practice areas with the ambition to […]

LPA reform receives Royal Assent

Reforms designed to transition the process of creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) from a largely paper-based process to a digital one are to be enacted. The Powers of Attorney Act passed its third reading in the House of Lords last week and has today (19th September) received Royal Assent. The updates are in response […]

Tech platforms failing consumers on legacy settings

Research into the legacy provisions of leading tech organisations has revealed that more work must be done to support users, and loved ones of those who die or become incapacitated. Ten major providers have been assessed and scored on a newly released Digital Legacy Scorecard which rates the platform on the extent to which the […]

How Will writing software helps you mitigate risk

Will writing software is designed to support the estate planning professional in drafting documentation. It cuts out admin, precedent research, data re-keying and more. Lightening the administrative load. But importantly, it also helps protect the drafter and their reputation. Contentious probate claims are on the rise, almost doubling in recent years. The supportive, in-built features […]

Only 48% of Estate Planning Professionals Received a Low-Risk Exposure Score

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Our Risk Exposure Quiz has produced some interesting results so far. The market is changing, contentious probate claims and cyber-attacks are on the rise. So, amid the challenges, we decided to run a short quiz that quickly calculates your businesses exposure to risks in the following areas:  Precedents   Processes   Data and Records   Staff   Digital Solutions  […]

Lawtech 365 launch revolutionary ID verification tech “DynamicID”

Lawtech 365, a premier provider of legal technology, has announced the release of “DynamicID”, a cutting-edge biometrics identity verification software based on NFC technology. Developed in the UK, DynamicID is the most advanced solution of its kind, providing a secure and convenient method for verifying identities online. The technology is currently incorporated as the primary […]

Why you should be using WillSuite’s client portal

Since the official launch of the Connect client facing portal in January 2022, we’ve been busy making improvements and building on user feedback. With that in mind, I thought It would be a great idea to take a deep dive into the portal, best practices and the benefits of incorporating it into your business. Connect is an […]

Improving service delivery in private client

Today's Wills and Probate Podcast

In this latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast host David Opie is joined by Arken.legal CEO Dave Newick.  A “technologist” in an industry where technology adoption has traditionally been slow, Dave shares his thoughts on whether the private client  is ready for a technology revolution, or whether it will be more of an evolution. Add […]

Technical Corner: digital assets, personal property law and “data objects”

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Technical Corner, 5th August 2022 – Emily Deane TEP, STEP Technical Counsel & Head of Government Affairs The Law Commission of England and Wales published a new consultation paper on 28th July. It seeks views from legal and technology experts in order to examine how existing personal property law should apply to digital assets. The UK […]

Digital probate: a significant step forward?

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Joe Cobb, Partner and Head of Department in Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning at JMW Solicitors, offers his view on the challenges faced by the digital probate system, and how it could be improved moving forward in 2022. The UK Government’s digital probate system has developed significantly since its public offering commenced in January 2019. […]

Paper probate applications taking twice as long as digital ones

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The latest figures from HM Courts & Tribunals Service have revealed that paper probate applications are sometimes taking more than twice as long as their digital counterparts. In May, the probate service performance figures show that digital applications took 13.5 weeks when stopped and 4.1 weeks without stops. In the same period, paper applications took […]

LexisNexis Bellwether Report: legal tech is dividing firms

LexisNexis Bellwether Report: legal tech is dividing firms

Many small law firms are thinking big when it comes to the tech they need to see them through another period of profound change. But the latest research from LexisNexis’ Bellwether report shows that 47% say they have no plans to invest in any technology at all. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional released the 10th […]

Digital legacies: the state of affairs

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Dr Ritesh Chugh of Central Queensland University, Australia, says you should “prominently engage in planning for your digital legacy”. A digital legacy may sound like a term used only by those of the technological avant-garde, but to many practitioners it is a very real issue – and Parliament is taking notice. According to the Digital […]

Digital go-live for subject access requests

Digital go-live for subject access requests

Requests for personal information can now be made through a new digital service. A new digital service allowing individuals to request personal information is now available which aims to improve the user experience for subject access requests (SARs). The process allows individuals to request information held by the Legal Aid Agency and other parts of […]

Video Will Witnessing: What happens next?

The Law Society of England and Wales has launched a survey to inform its response to future consultations on extending the witnessing of wills via video beyond the end of January 2022.  In July 2020 the Ministry of Justice announced that temporary legislation would be enacted to legalise the witnessing of wills via video in […]