When is the right time to refer a matter to the Government Legal Department?

Part of the role of the Government Legal Department (GLD) is to administer in favour of the Crown those estates…

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The Passive Probate Defence and Costs

This article is concerned with what might be described as the ‘passive probate defence’ contained in CPR 57.7(5), and more…

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Tracing your Family Tree using Wills

Can you trace your family tree using Wills? Neil Fraser, Partner at Fraser and Fraser explains: When writing a Will,…

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Bereavement and Funeral Services

Many of our Local Authority clients need to arrange funerals under S.46 Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Our…

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Price rise at the General Register Office

Since 2010 the cost of certificates of birth, marriage and death has been steady at £9.25 each for the standard…

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Sensitivity and tact are crucial when tracking down beneficiaries

Marcus Paul died in Brick End at the age of 53 with no Will and no known relatives. Fraser and…

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It’s all in the name

Fast Forward to Christmas day and siting for a traditional festive feast where two of the dinner guests went by…

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Benefits of genealogical research in the public sector

The benefits of genealogical research in the public sector Self-evidently, Local Authorities have to accomplish more and more with less…

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Government causes yet more legislative confusion

The government has been accused of causing yet more confusion, this time relating to the new Probate Law. The Non-Contentious…

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Adopted Children and Their Inheritance

There is often much confusion about the legal rights of adopted children, including questions such as what they can potentially…

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New probate fees ‘a huge positive’ for estates

New fair probate fees to be introduced The recent press headlines mostly consists of views about the introduction of new…

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Family Tree Verification service can offer guidance

Where do you turn when a person has died without a valid Will and the family cannot tell you all…

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Help for Local Authorities

Identifying and Locating Next-of-Kin

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Splitting heirs can be a risky business

With access to online information and ever growing awareness of genealogy thanks to television programmes have led to an influx…

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71% fall in income received from Bona Vacantia estates.

In June HM Procurator General and the Treasury Solicitor released the yearly accounts, covering the year till April 2018, for…

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Civil Partnerships’ and Marriage

Do they need a divorce?

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