Government sets sights on regional probate registries

Regional probate registries are facing the axe under Ministry of Justice plans to consolidate the service. Ministers say this will…

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More and More People Challenging Wills

  People in Southampton are the most likely to contest a will if they feel a loved one’s assets have…

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Fraser and Fraser crowned Paralegal Business of the Year

Fraser and Fraser has scooped the prestigious Paralegal Business of the Year Award at the National Paralegal Awards 2019. The…

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Clarity needed in Inheritance Act rulings

Lawyers are calling for clarification in the wake of two recent rulings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants)…

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Empty home numbers reach seven-year highs

There are currently more than 216,000 empty homes across England, according to figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities…

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When is the right time to refer a matter to the Government Legal Department?

Part of the role of the Government Legal Department (GLD) is to administer in favour of the Crown those estates…

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The Passive Probate Defence and Costs

This article is concerned with what might be described as the ‘passive probate defence’ contained in CPR 57.7(5), and more…

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Tracing your Family Tree using Wills

Can you trace your family tree using Wills? Neil Fraser, Partner at Fraser and Fraser explains: When writing a Will,…

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Bereavement and Funeral Services

Many of our Local Authority clients need to arrange funerals under S.46 Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Our…

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Price rise at the General Register Office

Since 2010 the cost of certificates of birth, marriage and death has been steady at £9.25 each for the standard…

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Sensitivity and tact are crucial when tracking down beneficiaries

Marcus Paul died in Brick End at the age of 53 with no Will and no known relatives. Fraser and…

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It’s all in the name

Fast Forward to Christmas day and siting for a traditional festive feast where two of the dinner guests went by…

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Benefits of genealogical research in the public sector

The benefits of genealogical research in the public sector Self-evidently, Local Authorities have to accomplish more and more with less…

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Government causes yet more legislative confusion

The government has been accused of causing yet more confusion, this time relating to the new Probate Law. The Non-Contentious…

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Adopted Children and Their Inheritance

There is often much confusion about the legal rights of adopted children, including questions such as what they can potentially…

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New probate fees ‘a huge positive’ for estates

New fair probate fees to be introduced The recent press headlines mostly consists of views about the introduction of new…

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