Government scraps controversial probate fee plans

The government has ditched controversial plans to increase probate fees that were first unveiled by Theresa May’s administration in 2016….

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Winston Churchill’s cigar set to raise £6,000 at auction

A cigar smoked by Sir Winston Churchill is expected to raise around £6,000 when it goes to auction in December….

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Surge in legal action over misuse of attorney powers

Record numbers of people are being taken to court over misuse of lasting power of attorney (LPA), latest data reveals….

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Chancellor takes aim at “unfair” Inheritance Tax

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has said he would consider scrapping Inheritance Tax in its current form. Speaking to…

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Expatriate workers in the UAE need “a valid will”

While news that Dubai will be getting its own monopoly board next month has highlighted the ups and downs of…

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Online probate services unveiled for all legal professionals

All legal professionals will now be able to access online probate services, as part of a national trial being rolled…

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Dog, cat and cockatiels left £81,000 in will

An American businesswoman has left $100,000 (£81,000) to her dog, cat and 32 cockatiels (miniature cockatoos). Leslie Ann Mandel, who…

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Auction to sell personal items from the Prodigy’s Keith Flint

Items that belonged to the Prodigy’s Keith Flint, including his motorbike leathers and hand-made bed, are due to be auctioned…

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Population statistics point to rise in state pension age

A rise in the number of people aged 90 years and above suggests a further increase to the state pension…

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Inheritance tax raises a record £5.4bn for government

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There has been a significant rise in the number of estates paying inheritance tax (IHT), with the amount collected by…

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Record levels of donations for dementia charity

Charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced a record-breaking year for donations, with its total income reaching £38.5m in 2018/19. Voluntary…

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Painting worth £5m discovered in a French kitchen

A 13th-century painting estimated to be worth around £5m has been discovered in the kitchen of a house in northern…

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Inheritance Tax proposal could levy funds from 90 per cent of Scottish estates

Around nine out of 10 Scottish estates would be liable to inheritance tax if Scotland’s government was to implement a…

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Probate fee changes shelved by parliament suspension

One consequence of the suspension of parliament last week has been that the government’s plans to change the system of…

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Solicitor struck off for “preying on vulnerable clients”

A solicitor has been struck off for writing wills that left him and his family sizeable legacies. The Solicitors Disciplinary…

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Remember A Charity Week marks 10th anniversary

Remember A Charity Week runs from 9 to 15 September 2019 this year. The initiative aims to encourage more people…

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