Welsh government proposes extra powers on empty homes

The Welsh government is looking to give councils increased compulsory purchase powers under proposed planning rules. If the draft regulations…

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Asking prices: British homes hitting record heights

The asking price of homes coming on to the market in Britain is hitting new heights, according to statistics from…

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Online probate: Ministry issues extra guidance for professionals

The government has issued additional guidance for legal professionals regarding submitting grant of probate applications online. Use of the online…

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Probate delays: heirs put “in a tough spot”

Ongoing delays within the probate system, worsened by the pandemic, are causing considerable hardship to heirs, recent reports suggest. A…

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Professional probate rules: compulsory online applications

Legal professionals will need to make applications for non-contentious probate online from 2 November this year, the government has announced….

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Swindon’s empty homes: councillors call for action

Councillors in Swindon say they intend to prioritise getting hundreds of empty homes back into use. Estimates suggest the Wiltshire…

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Why UK expats in the EU should update their will

UK citizens who are living in the EU should make sure they update their will if they do not want…

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Fraser and Fraser chooses The Alzheimer’s Society as its Charity of the Year 2021

International probate research firm Fraser and Fraser has chosen The Alzheimer’s Society as its Charity of the Year 2021. The…

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HMCTS presses the accelerator on online probate applications

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is putting additional resources in place to deal with an anticipated rise in…

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Property professionals sign up to “industry pledge” to share information

Property professionals including lawyers, estate agents, surveyors and others have signed up to an “industry pledge” designed to encourage sellers…

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Names of wartime missing restored on Chatham Naval Memorial

The Chatham Naval Memorial is undergoing extensive restoration work to preserve its stonework and bronze commemorative panels. The memorial, overlooking…

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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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