Historic teddy bear goes to auction after 40 years in house loft

A teddy bear that served as a tank crew’s mascot during the Second World War is due to go to…

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Divorce rates tumble as backlog of cases builds up

A backlog in cases has combined with people waiting for a change in the law to contribute to a recent…

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Mixed-sex civil partnerships to begin in England and Wales

Civil partnerships were introduced for same-sex couples in 2004 and represented the only way for many people to formalise their…

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Shipwreck survivor’s descendant alive today thanks to 125-year-old legacy

The effects of a legacy bequest made in the 1890s to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are still being…

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Making sense of bona vacantia estates

Bona vacantia estates contributed more than £12m to the Crown in 2018-19, an increase on the previous year, although the…

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Charities struggling to attract wealthy donors, report reveals

Charities are losing out on donations from wealthy individuals because of a lack of mutual understanding, a new report suggests….

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Flagging property market calls for conveyancing innovation

The UK’s cooling property market may have wide-ranging effects on even the largest conveyancing firms, latest statistics suggest. According to…

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Crypto-assets equivalent to property, say lawyers

Crypto-assets are legally equivalent to property, a panel of judges and lawyers has ruled. The panel, headed by Chancellor of…

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Genome research offers clues to origins of enslaved people

The genomes of enslaved Africans who died on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena in the mid-19th century are…

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Life-saving cigarette case goes to auction

A wife’s gift that may well have saved her husband’s life during the First World War will go to auction…

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Parliamentarians take aim at courts modernisation process

The government’s £1bn courts modernisation programme came under further fire from two parliamentary committees in the run-up to the dissolution…

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Pro bono search finds missing relatives of WW2 airmen

The crew members of an RAF Lancaster bomber who died when their aircraft crashed during the Second World War were…

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Why it’s time to reform will-making process

The current wills process needs to be reformed to make it fit for purpose in the modern world, a leading…

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Sharp rise in charity donations predicted over next 25 years

Charities are set to benefit from an upsurge in legacy gifts over the next 25 years, research suggests. In its…

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Poppy Appeal launches Twitter emoji to boost campaign

The Royal British Legion and PoppyScotland have joined forces with Twitter to launch a new poppy emoji to coincide with…

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Government confident probate system will soon return to “normal”

Following months of delays, the probate system should return to “normal levels” within the next few weeks, HM Courts &…

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