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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High Court inheritance disputes reach all-time high

Last year saw an all-time record number of inheritance disputes taking place at the High Court. According to figures released…

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Parents delay inheritance decisions over lockdown divorce fears

Parents are delaying making family inheritance decisions because they are concerned their children’s marriages might be on the verge of…

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Scottish aristocrat loses “divorce tourism” battle in Supreme Court

An aristocrat has lost a Supreme Court appeal that he had hoped would prevent the English courts from ruling on…

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Lawyers warn of a “perfect storm” of contested probate

The number of wills being challenged by families has risen during the coronavirus pandemic, lawyers warn. Staff at law firm…

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Law firm property instructions bounce back as lockdown eases

Purchase instructions and sale enquiries at law firms and estate agents across the country are showing signs of recovery as…

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Law Society launches campaign to help legal profession play its part in recovery

The Law Society of England and Wales has launched a campaign focused on helping the legal profession play its part…

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Victorian Society calls for entries for Top 10 Endangered Buildings 2020

People across England and Wales are being asked to nominate an abandoned Victorian building for inclusion on the Victorian Society’s…

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“No-fault” Divorce Bill reaches its final stages

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill passed through the House of Commons in June and is now on the way…

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Government recruits extra staff to deal with rise in probate applications

The government has brought it additional staff to deal with a rise in probate requests, the Law Society reports. Earlier…

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Probate registries warn of form errors delaying applications

Probate registries have issued additional guidance to professionals completing the new PA1P and PA1A forms. Officials warn that applications are…

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HMRC announces temporary change to inheritance tax signature rules

Inheritance tax forms will not need a “wet” signature (physically signed in person) “until further notice”, HMRC has announced. Highlighting…

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Property experts consider logbooks to speed up conveyancing

The introduction of property logbooks could have come a step closer as the property sector looks at ways to speed…

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Irish epitaph sparks controversy in the Church of England

A phrase written in Irish on a memorial has sparked debate in the Church of England. The controversy began when…

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MPs back the government’s “no-fault” divorce bill

Parliamentarians have backed a bill that will introduce “no-fault” divorces in England and Wales. Under the proposed law, spouses who…

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