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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First world war soldiers’ Western Front diaries go to auction

Two First World War diaries that share first-hand experiences of the battlefields of the Western Front are scheduled to be…

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HMCTS denies probate delays as Lords speak of system “chaos”

The probate service is being put under pressure by the volume of people getting in touch to check on the…

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Legal bid to recognise humanist marriages fails in High Court

A High Court bid, that would have brought legal recognition for humanist marriages, has failed. Six couples had launched a…

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Fraser and Fraser shortlisted as Probate Research Firm of the Year

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Fraser and Fraser has been shortlisted as Probate Research Firm of the Year at the prestigious British Wills and Probate…

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Couple names son Lucifer, despite registrar protest

A couple has succeeded in naming their four-month-old son Lucifer, despite a registrar warning the child “would not succeed in…

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Video-witnessed wills to be made legal during pandemic

Video-witnessed wills are to be made legal during the coronavirus pandemic, ministers have announced. Existing legislation (the Wills Act 1837)…

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Land Registry to accept “witnessed electronic signatures”

HM Land Registry has announced that, from Monday 27 July, it will accept “witnessed electronic signatures” on legal documents in…

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Government unveils online lasting power of attorney service

The government has unveiled an online service designed to improve the lasting power of attorney process, making it simpler for individuals to…

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HMCTS announces moves to assist legal professionals with probate applications

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced its latest measures designed to help legal professionals make probate applications. In particular, forms…

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Consumers keen to move away from paper-based conveyancing

Consumers are keen to move away from paper documents in conveyancing transactions, the chairman of HM Land Registry (HMLR) has…

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Former Maharaja’s family wins control of £16bn Kerala temple

A former royal family in India last week won its struggle with the state government of Kerala in a long-running…

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Survey shows why families should discuss inheritance planning

Many Britons should be planning on receiving a more substantial inheritance than they expected, research suggests. Wealth management firm Charles…

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Sister wins £2m inheritance claim after solicitor’s cat unearths lost will

A woman has won a £2m inheritance claim after a solicitor’s cat knocked over a pile of papers to reveal the will…

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Brixton house abandoned for decades goes to auction for £400,000

A derelict Victorian house on a famous south London street has gone on the market with a guide price of…

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