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Inheritance tax reviews, more litigation and increased legislation. Lucy Obrey and Sarah Nineham highlight what 2013 holds for probate practitioners

16 January 2013

A new year brings new problems, new solutions and even some surprises. And probate practitioners have plenty to look out for in 2013. For starters, the Legal Services Board (LSB) will follow up its (LSB) consultation Enhancing consumer protection, reducing regulatory restrictions: will-writing, probate and estate administration activities, which closed on 8 November 2012. The consultation was launched following the LSB’s investigations that highlighted “unacceptable levels of consumer harm being caused by the provision of these activities”. It plans to make recommendations early this year to the Lord Chancellor, who will then have three months to decide whether to accept the recommendations. If so, parliamentary time will need to be found to implement any required changes.

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