Empty homes: bringing Birmingham’s vacant properties back into use

Local media last week highlighted the 4,575 properties that are currently sitting vacant in England’s second city, Birmingham. The homes…

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Meet the Paralegal Regulator…

What is the Paralegal Regulator? The Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) is the overarching voluntary regulator for Paralegals in England and…

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Probate solicitors frustrated by delays and inefficiency in grants process

Probate solicitors are increasingly frustrated by delays and inefficiencies in the current grants process, a recent survey suggests. The research,…

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Couples consider options as lockdown drives up divorce rates

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics last week show the number of heterosexual couples who divorced in England…

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Grandparents looking more closely at the best ways to pass on wealth

One unexpected consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be that grandparents are looking more closely at how best to…

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Solicitors raise alarm over LPA digital signatures

Solicitors are concerned that the government’s decision to allow electronic signatures to be used on lasting powers of attorney (LPAs)…

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Empty homes: call for action as numbers surge by 42,000

There are now more than 268,000 empty homes in England, after the figure rose by 42,540 in the past year….

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Inheritance “more important than work” for long-term prosperity

Inheritance is likely to become an increasingly important way for young, and not so young, people to own a property,…

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Latest advice about video-witnessing wills

The Law Society has issued additional guidance for professionals about how to deal with video-witnessed wills. To briefly recap: as a result…

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Empty Homes Grant scheme benefits local businesses

The Welsh Government’s Empty Homes Grant scheme is not only bringing abandoned properties back into use, it is also providing…

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New law would hand tenants the right to keep cats and dogs

Renters may be allowed to keep a cat or a dog without their landlords’ approval, if a new private members’…

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Courts will keep working to prevent lockdown backlog

Courts will continue to operate during the four-week period of lockdown that is expected to take effect across England this…

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Think-tank calls on chancellor to scrap Stamp Duty

Getting rid of Stamp Duty would boost not only the housing market but the UK’s wider competitiveness, a conservative think-tank…

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Charitable bequests set to rise by 23 per cent in the next 10 years

Gifts in wills are likely to become even more important to charities over the next decade, latest research suggests. Sector…

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Property logbooks scheduled for spring 2021 rollout

After much discussion, it looks as though UK property “logbooks” may be with us by spring 2021. Last week the…

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Welsh government proposes extra powers on empty homes

The Welsh government is looking to give councils increased compulsory purchase powers under proposed planning rules. If the draft regulations…

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Asking prices: British homes hitting record heights

The asking price of homes coming on to the market in Britain is hitting new heights, according to statistics from…

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Online probate: Ministry issues extra guidance for professionals

The government has issued additional guidance for legal professionals regarding submitting grant of probate applications online. Use of the online…

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Probate delays: heirs put “in a tough spot”

Ongoing delays within the probate system, worsened by the pandemic, are causing considerable hardship to heirs, recent reports suggest. A…

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Professional probate rules: compulsory online applications

Legal professionals will need to make applications for non-contentious probate online from 2 November this year, the government has announced….

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