Government to allow outdoor civil wedding and partnership ceremonies

The government has announced that outdoor civil wedding and partnership ceremonies in England and Wales are to be legalised from…

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Widower loses inheritance after court rules on long-running affair

A widower who tried to avoid a clause in his wife’s will stating he must not remarry after her death…

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The most popular baby names of 2021 so far

The most popular baby names of 2021 so far have been revealed in a report from parenting website Baby Centre,…

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Scottish Empty Homes Partnership brings 850 more properties back into use

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has helped bring over 850 empty properties back into use this year, according to…

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Charity raises more that £550,000 from “unexpected” legacy

Sight loss charity the Vision Foundation has benefitted unexpectedly from a bequest that was made almost 50 years ago. Irma Löwenstein Austin left…

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Apple announces Digital Legacy function to allow access to data

Apple has announced the introduction of a Digital Legacy function that will allow a nominated individual to access someone’s data…

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Lawyers highlight ongoing issues with probate delays

Solicitors say their experience of dealing with the Probate Service is not reflected by recent data published by HM Courts…

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Historic pub linked to JCB founder could be replaced by care home and housing

A historic Staffordshire pub on the site where the founder of digger giant JCB was born could be knocked down and…

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Number of properties sold above asking price hits record levels

Almost one in three properties (32 per cent) sold for more than its asking price in April, according to NAEA…

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Third annual Windrush Day scheduled for 22 June

The government has announced that communities across England will receive a share of £500,000 to host events marking the third…

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Risk of empty offices becoming “sub-standard homes”, councils warn

Offices lying empty after the Covid-19 pandemic may be transformed into “sub-standard” home conversions, councils have warned. The Local Government…

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CWGC War Graves Week encourages local connections

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s first ever War Graves Week takes place next week (21-28 May), with people encouraged to…

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Trafford Council targets 1,000 empty homes in borough

Figures released recently by Trafford Council show there were more than 1,000 empty properties in the Manchester borough prior to…

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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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