High Court rules in favour of “long-term friends” in farm inheritance dispute

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of two “long-term friends” of the deceased in an inheritance dispute involving…

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Government rejects Cornish campaigners’ census proposal

Campaigners have failed to convince the government to include a tick box on the next census allowing people to identify…

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Convert empty buildings into courtrooms, QC says

Empty buildings could be converted into courtrooms to keep the justice system moving, according to a leading barrister. Richard Wright,…

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Campaigners call on government to make oral wills legal

Campaigners have called on the government to make oral wills legal during the coronavirus pandemic, just as they would be…

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Research brings together British and Dutch families in time for VE Day

Research by the team at Fraser and Fraser has formed the basis for an article published in The Times as…

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Families seek legal advice about moving relatives from care homes

An increasing number of families are looking for legal advice about removing their relatives from care homes, it has emerged….

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Government confirms it is considering wills reform

Ministers have confirmed they are considering making changes to probate legislation, but stress the ongoing need to balance social distancing…

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Charities’ legacy income may fall by a quarter in 2020

Charities’ legacy income may decrease by more than a quarter over the coming year, consortium Legacy Foresight has warned. Prior…

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Bereaved families may be “locked out” by Scottish court delays

Bereaved families may find themselves “locked out” of a loved one’s estate “for months on end” as a result of…

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Family rediscovers “time capsule” of First World War soldier’s belongings

The poignant story of how a First World War soldier’s belongings were re-discovered by relatives almost a century after his…

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Regulator considers potential changes to reserved legal activities

Regulatory body the Legal Services Board (LSB) may suggest changes to the list of reserved activities that only authorised lawyers…

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More families challenging the contents of a will

An increasing number of families are taking court action over the contents of a will, family lawyers say. Reasons for…

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Government considers changes to probate legislation

The government is considering changes to probate legislation to allow people to make wills under social distancing rules. Among the…

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Law firms see surge in will-writing requests from younger key workers

Law firms are seeing a surge in demand for will-writing services from younger key workers who want to make sure…

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Restoration work delayed at Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The second phase of a major restoration of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, due to start in France next…

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Investors urged to be vigilant as financial scams surge

Investors must increase their vigilance in the face of a surge in sophisticated scams, a leading financial body has warned….

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Calls for government to scrap “triple lock” pensions policy

The pensions triple lock, which protects increases in the UK’s state pension, should be scrapped following the coronavirus crisis, a…

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Increased use of technology may become the norm in courts

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has seen more than half of court and tribunal buildings in England and Wales close, in…

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Oxfordshire town adds female WW1 casualty to memorial

An Oxfordshire town’s single female casualty of the First World War has finally been officially remembered, over 100 years after…

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Police reject genealogy websites in cold case enquiries

UK Police chiefs have said they do not intend to use genetic genealogy websites to look for suspects in unsolved…

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