“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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Millions may be wrongly relying on inheritance to finance retirement

Millions of people may be mistakenly relying on an inheritance to finance their retirement, latest research suggests. According to a…

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Solicitor and his wife witness a will via WhatsApp video

A solicitor and his wife have witnessed, via WhatsApp video, the will of a client who was suffering from Covid-19….

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Dunkirk letter finally delivered to family after 80 years

Eighty years ago, as allied forces were retreating towards Dunkirk, soldiers from the Suffolk regiment snatched a moment to write…

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Woman who killed husband can inherit £1m estate, judge rules

A woman who won an appeal over her conviction for murdering her controlling husband can inherit his £1m estate, a…

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Remote hearings questioned as long-term option for family courts

Remote hearings should not necessarily be seen as a long-term option for the family courts, a leading judge has warned….

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Sports halls and conference rooms could become courts to clear backlog

Sports halls and hotel conference rooms could be used as venues for court hearings to help clear the backlog of…

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Pandemic leads to a surge in financial scams, report finds

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in financial scams, according to research by Canada Life. The financial services…

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North East care homes call on council for urgent extra funding

Care homes in northeastern England have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they may have to shut…

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Coffee firm boss facing bankruptcy after family feud

The founder of a well-known coffee chain could be made bankrupt following a family row sparked by the death of…

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Courts told to “sweat their assets” to catch up with case backlog

Justice secretary Robert Buckland has suggested courts will have to “sweat our assets” to catch up with a backlog of…

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High Court rules in favour of “long-term friends” in farm inheritance dispute

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of two “long-term friends” of the deceased in an inheritance dispute involving…

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Government rejects Cornish campaigners’ census proposal

Campaigners have failed to convince the government to include a tick box on the next census allowing people to identify…

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Convert empty buildings into courtrooms, QC says

Empty buildings could be converted into courtrooms to keep the justice system moving, according to a leading barrister. Richard Wright,…

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