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Trending Topic Specialist financial remedy courts image Article

Posted 13 April 2018

Specialist financial remedy courts

The president of the family division Sir James Munby recently proposed the introduction of specialist financial remedy courts. Mei-Ling McNab explains the purpose of the proposal

Trending Topic Law Commission’s outline of next steps after will review image Article

Posted 20 March 2018

Law Commission’s outline of next steps after will review

The Law Commission’s consultation on wills closed in November and a number of issues were raised: Capacity to make a will, Power for the court to recognise an information document as a will and Electronic wills.

Trending Topic Law Commission to consider reform programme about funerals image Article

Posted 19 March 2018

Law Commission to consider reform programme about funerals

The Law Commission has recently announced that it will be considering a reform programme about the disposal of bodies and funeral wishes. Amy Lane reviews...

Trending Topic Government considers implementing changes to civil partnerships image Article

Posted 07 March 2018

Government considers implementing changes to civil partnerships

The government is currently consulting on a review of civil partnerships following the Private Members’ Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill.

Trending Topic Does conduct play a part in the financial proceedings on divorce? image Article

Posted 05 March 2018

Does conduct play a part in the financial proceedings on divorce?

Conduct is a specific factor that the Courts can take into account when making a financial award in financial proceedings on divorce if, in the opinion of the Court, it would be “inequitable to disregard it”.

Trending Topic Billionaire challenges divorce settlement image Article

Posted 19 February 2018

Billionaire challenges divorce settlement

Russian oil billionaire is seeking to appeal against an order that he pay his former wife £453m. It is believed that the award could be the highest made in a divorce case in the UK if the appeal is unsuccessful.

Trending Topic Power of attorney refund scheme image Article

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.

Trending Topic Law Society backs alternative Wills image Article

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.

Trending Topic Time for a change? Updating the law of wills image Article

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.

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