Wills, Trusts & Probate

Freelancing: a new era?

Despite some high-profile naysaying early on, the introduction of freelance solicitors may yet re-shape the legal landscape

Christmas end to probate delays, says HMCTS

Christmas will see the end of the probate delays, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) reportedly said at a meeting with the Law Society.

Tinkering with inheritance tax

Recommendations by the Office of Tax Simplification to streamline inheritance tax are not fundamental reform but are welcome, says Matthew Duncan

Probate fee rise scrapped

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that plans to raise fees charged for a grant of probate have been scrapped.

Record rise in legal action against powers of attorney

Court action against people acting with power of attorney on behalf of vulnerable people leapt by 55 per cent in the last year – a record high.

Online probate service launched

A national pilot allowing legal professionals to access an online probate service is being rolled out by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

Solicitors blamed for probate delays

Private client solicitors have reacted in anger at the suggestion they are to blame for delays at the probate registry.