In January this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) updated its practice note on the preparation of a Will where assets are to be left to the solicitor themselves, updating the note published in October last year.
Posted 02 February 2018
Power of attorney refund scheme
The Ministry of Justice has launched a scheme which entitles certain people to a refund on the court registration fee. Historically the court registration fees have been set in the hundreds of pounds but with processing costs lowered in recent years the fees were reduced to £82 in April 2017. Those who paid the increased fee prior to the reduction, can now obtain a refund.
Posted 17 November 2017
Law Society backs alternative Wills
Last week, the Law Society backed alternative Wills being considered by the Law Commission saying that the court should recognise people’s final wishes, even when the current legal requirements for making a Will are not met.
Posted 07 November 2017
Time for a change? Updating the law of wills
It is estimated that around 40% of the adult population die without a will ultimately meaning that many individuals will have their assets distributed in a way that they may not have wanted. This has prompted the Law Commission to review the laws surrounding wills to ensure they are fit for modern purpose.
Posted 08 September 2017
Law Commission recommends reducing age to write a will to 16
The Law Commission has recently recommended that the legal age to write a will should be reduced to 16. Amy Lane discusses the new proposals...
Posted 10 August 2017
Protecting your legacy: Avoid family disputes by getting a plan in place early
It has been a principle of English law for some time now, that where someone has reasonably relied on an assurance or promise to their detriment, the law can step in to prevent an unconscionable outcome if that “promise” is, for whatever reason, not then kept.
Posted 21 July 2017
Wills, inheritance, estate and trust disputes
Disputes about wills, inheritance and estate related matters can have a huge impact on those involved, because they more often than not arise between family members following the death of a loved one.
Posted 14 July 2017
Law Commission published consultation on Will reform
Will law needs ‘overhaul’ to reflect modern world says The Law Commission
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