Calls for government to do more to bring empty homes into use

NAEA Propertymark, the professional body for estate agents, has written a letter to housing minister Christopher Pincher, asking the government…

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Charities making “basic mistakes” in their legacy communications

Charities are making “basic mistakes” in the way they communicate with potential legacy donors, according to recent research based on…

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“Expertise and customer care”: Fraser and Fraser picks up top paralegal award

For the second year running, international probate research firm Fraser and Fraser has won the prestigious Paralegal Business of the…

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Research reveals inheritance tax property hotspots

Where people live has a large influence on how likely they are to pay inheritance tax (IHT), with latest HMRC figures (for…

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Charities see sharp rise in legacy donations over the past year

The number of people leaving donations to charities in their wills has risen by 56 per cent in the past…

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Family lawyers predict “post-lockdown divorce boom”

Family lawyers predict a “post-lockdown divorce boom” as the coronavirus pandemic puts relationships under unprecedented pressure. The Citizens Advice charity…

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Measures to legalise video-witnessed wills take next step

A statutory instrument legalising video-witnessed wills is due to come into force at the end of September. In an order…

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Remember a Charity Week highlights the importance of gifts in wills

Remember a Charity Week runs this year from 7-13 September and sees 200 charities combine to raise awareness of the importance…

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Digital scheme could remove need for original identity documents

The government has announced plans for an electronic verification system that could remove the necessity to produce original official documents…

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Bona Vacantia Division reports year-on-year income spike

The Government Legal Department’s Bona Vacantia division has reported a significant year-on-year rise in income, according to its recently released accounts….

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Fraser and Fraser shortlisted for National Paralegal Awards

Fraser and Fraser has been shortlisted as a finalist in several categories at this year’s National Paralegal (PPR) Awards. The firm is…

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Charities may see legacy income drop by 15 per cent in 2020

Charities may see their legacy income drop by up to 15 per cent this year, according to latest research from…

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UK property market sees “mini-boom” fuelled by tax breaks and home working

The UK’s housing market has witnessed a “mini-boom” over the past few weeks, according to figures published by property website…

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Legal professionals must make probate applications online, ministry proposes

Legal professionals would have to make probate applications online, under latest proposals from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) designed to boost…

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Warning that English wills may not be valid in Scotland

Legal professionals across the UK have seen a marked increase in estate planning instructions from existing and new clients during…

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Charities sue jailed solicitor over theft of estate money

A former solicitor is being sued by a number of charities that were left money by her clients. A court…

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