Government to donate £1m to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

The government has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with the announcement it will be giving £1m to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The…

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UK house prices surge following general election

Since December’s general election UK house prices have risen at the fastest rate on record for the time of year,…

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Tens of thousands sign up for online divorce proceedings

More than 70,000 people have applied online for a divorce since the government first rolled out its digitised service in…

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Government increases “statutory legacy” to £270,000

The government has increased the “statutory legacy” for partners of people who die intestate from £250,000 to £270,000. If someone…

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Gene project seeks people with at least two grandparents from Orkney or Shetland

A Scottish genetics research project is looking for people with at least two grandparents who were born in Orkney or…

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Fraser and Fraser featured in Times story about the work of probate genealogists

Fraser and Fraser featured prominently in a recent article in The Times about the role of probate genealogists and how…

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Executor jailed for fraud after inheritance vanishes

A trusted neighbour who spent a £240,000 inheritance to which he was not entitled has been jailed for three and…

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Same-sex marriages become legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland can now register to marry, with the first ceremonies due to take place in February….

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Average funeral cost exceeds £4,400, survey reveals

The average cost of a UK funeral has hit a new record high price of £4,417, latest research shows. According…

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UK inheritance tax rates double EU average, report finds

UK citizens face inheritance tax (IHT) rates that are more than double the European Union’s average, according to a report…

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Probate sub-registries to close by “end of first quarter”

The vast majority of probate sub-registries are scheduled to close before the end of March as part of the government’s…

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Brexit could bring divorce case boom, says leading lawyer

Following Brexit, Britain could cement its place as the world’s divorce capital for the wealthy, according to a lawyer who…

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Divorce Bill promises to dispense with “blame game”

The government has reintroduced its Divorce Bill to Parliament, promising it will deliver the “biggest shake-up of divorce laws in…

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“Age apartheid” divides Britain’s generations

Rifts between Britain’s already segregated generations have increased over the past decade, a report has found. The research, produced by…

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“National emergency” as almost 13,000 homes lie empty for more than 10 years

Great Britain has almost 13,000 homes that have been empty for more than a decade, according to latest statistics. Figures…

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RNLI volunteers see sharp rise in festive season rescues

Volunteer crews at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have seen a huge surge in rescues during the festive period…

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