High response rate for Census 2021 exceeds government expectations

Around 97 per cent of households across England and Wales are believed to have completed Census 2021, with all local…

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Vast majority forget to include digital passwords in their will

People should include digital passwords in their will to ensure executors can access vital online information, the Law Society has…

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Mothers’ names added to marriage certificates in England and Wales

The government says it has corrected “a historic anomaly” by adding the names of mothers of brides and grooms to…

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Partnership set to restore empty homes in the west of Scotland

Social enterprise letting agency Homes for Good (HfG) has joined forces with the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership to purchase and…

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Inheritances set to become more important to wealth, report reveals

People born in the 1980s can expect twice as much of their lifetime income to come from inheritance compared to…

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Families “increasingly considering” deeds of variation to change wills

Families are increasingly considering using a deed of variation to change the will of a loved one who has passed…

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Scotland’s 20-year vision for housing aims to deliver 100,000 more affordable homes

The Scottish Government has outlined a 20-year strategy to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next decade. ‘Housing to 2040’…

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High Court rules paralegal’s error wrongly disinherited sons

The England and Wales High Court has found in favour of Timothy Mundil-Williams, that a will executed by his late father…

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Oldham council calls for empty homes to purchase

Oldham Council is working in partnership with Homes England, to buy empty Oldham homes and bring them back into use….

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Coventry empty homes tally doubles in just 18 months

The number of empty homes in Coventry has risen sharply to more than 3,000 in just 18 months, partially as…

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JD Sports heir widow seeks to avoid £300k inheritance tax bill

The widow of Tom Makin, heir to the JD Sports empire who died in 2019, is seeking to rescind the…

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Six million people fear homelessness in England, due to Covid-19

New research has revealed that one in seven adults in England, the equivalent of six million people, is concerned about…

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Covid-19 pandemic worsening lawyers’ trauma, says new book

The Covid-19 pandemic, along with cuts to legal aid, has added greatly to the emotional trauma of lawyers, the authors…

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Census 2021: How taking the census has changed since 1801

The Times has produced a remarkable visual guide to the history of the census, demonstrating how the information gathering process…

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Birmingham City Council to double council tax on empty properties

The council has announced its intention to introduce the premium tax on homes that have been sitting empty for more…

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High Court case highlights challenges of intestacy

A national law firm has analysed a recent High Court case to examine what can happen when a will does…

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Market research shows gender gap in estate planning is closing

The latest market industry analysis suggests there has been a recent rise in the number of women asking professionals to…

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Derby City Council to spend over £500k on compulsory purchase orders for problem houses

Four houses which are blighting their neighbourhoods are set to be compulsorily purchased by Derby City Council at a cost…

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2021 Census is a window into our past, as well as our future

With the 2021 Census coming on March 21, the opportunity remains to learn more about our history, as well as…

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£10.5m deal to revamp abandoned Leicestershire estate

Leicestershire City Council has completed the multi-million pound purchase of 174 former nurses’ homes to create social housing. The properties…

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