“Google maps for graves” to provide searchable online database

Google Maps for graves project underway

A project that has been termed “Google maps for graves” intends to map and photograph the Church of England’s 19,000…

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Questions raised over government’s social care cap

Questions over Government social care plans

The government has laid out its plans to increase national insurance to help boost NHS spending and to pay for…

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How the rise in “blended families” can complicate inheritance

Blended families and inheritance

The increase in the number of so-called blended families, comprising different families that have been linked by new relationships, can…

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Legacy income for charities predicted to surge over next decade

Legacy income for charities set to surge

Charities can expect to see a surge in their legacy income over the next 10 years, according to a report…

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Coventry steps up action on empty homes

Coventry takes aim at long-term empty homes

Coventry is the latest UK city to step up its efforts to bring empty homes back into use. The city…

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HS2 seeks volunteers to digitise 57,000 historic burial records

Archaeologists working on the HS2 rail link are looking for volunteers to help digitise the burial records of 57,639 Londoners…

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Remember A Charity asks legal professionals to sign up

Remember A Charity Week

Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of the British public support a charity during their lifetime, but only just over 6…

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Lasting power of attorney registrations fall by almost a quarter

Lasting powers of attorney

The number of lasting powers of attorney (LPA) registered dropped by almost a quarter (23%) in the past year, slipping…

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Census data shows how life in England and Wales changed between 1961 and 2011

Census data changes 1961 and 2011

Using newly digitised census data, officials at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have assessed how life changed for people…

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Missing First World War soldier identified

Missing First World War soldier identified

A previously missing Australian First World War soldier has been identified, more than a century after he was killed by…

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Public health funerals: a relative solution for councils

Public health funerals

Nick Beetham discusses how next of kin enquiries can help those involved in arranging funerals under s.46 of the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984

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HM Land Registry and “witnessed electronic signatures”

Witnessed electronic signatures

HM Land Registry now accepts “witnessed electronic signatures” on legal documents, with the witness signing the documents electronically at the…

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Predatory marriage on the rise, charities and families warn

Charities and families have warned of a rise in so-called predatory marriage – where fraudsters target older and vulnerable people,…

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New powers for councils to turn derelict buildings into homes

Councils are to be given new powers to turn derelict buildings into homes, ministers have announced. According to the government’s…

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HMCTS outlines changes to the MyHMCTS digital service

HMCTS outlines changes to digital service

Officials from HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have written to probate practitioners to outline changes to the MyHMCTS digital service. The…

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Consultation to modernise lasting power of attorney

Consultation launched to modernise lasting power of attorney process

The government has launched a consultation designed to “modernise” the lasting power of attorney (LPA) process. The 12-week consultation will not only…

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Applications to register lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) taking up to 20 weeks

Applications to register lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) could take up to 20 weeks to be processed, according to the…

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Lib-Dems call on government to re-think Planning Bill

The government needs to re-think its Planning Bill or it risks a backlash among voters across southern England, Liberal Democrat…

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Government plans to raise probate fees unjustified, says Law Society

Government plans to raise fees for probate applications are unjustified, especially when relatives are still facing delays, the Law Society…

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Banker’s daughters lose court fight over their father’s will

Two daughters of a wealthy banker, who died in 2017, have lost a second court case with their stepmother over their…

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