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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2020, SI 2020/1059 amend the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987, SI 1987/2024 with...
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13th Oct
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, authorised District Probate...
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Produced in partnership with Mark Lindley of Boodle Hatfield LLP 9th Oct
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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The formal requirement for a valid Will to be witnessed in the presence of two witnesses is to be relaxed (with retrospective...
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9th Oct
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, authorised District Probate...
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9th Oct
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, authorised District Probate...
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8th Oct
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): For news and other resources to assist dispute resolution practitioners working in the civil courts to understand and stay...
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26th Sep
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Most of the work conducted throughout a probate matter is of a common nature. Consequently practitioners will find that they are, in essence,...
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26th Sep
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, authorised District Probate...
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26th Sep
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The major problem personal representatives (PRs) and/or beneficiaries encounter when faced with an actual or potential probate claim is how to, at the...
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26th Sep
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Definition and purpose of a WillIn general terms, a Will is a document made in accordance with the formal requirements laid down by section 9 of the...
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26th Sep
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The rights of a person appointed executor by a Will cease if they:•die without having taken out probate•fail to appear on being cited to take out...
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26th Sep
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The intestacy rulesIf the deceased died intestate, Parts III and IV of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 (AEA 1925) apply to:•all the movable...
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26th Sep
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ExecutorsAn executor is the person appointed by the Will to carry into effect its provisions and to administer the property of the testator. The...
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26th Sep
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Revocation of a WillA Will is revocable at any time during the testator's lifetime. A testator may not revoke their Will in any manner they choose: a...
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25th Sep
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Personal representatives' dutiesThe Administration of Estates Act 1925 (AEA 1925) states that personal representatives (PRs) must:•collect and get in...
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25th Sep
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IdentificationThe personal representatives (PRs) must identify:•the beneficiary entitled•what each beneficiary is entitled to receive•the time at...
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25th Sep

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This Practice Note aims to guide practitioners to Q&As and worked examples of the principles under which the inheritance tax (IHT) residence nil rate...
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25th Sep
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After the grant has been obtained, delays often occur and mistakes can be made. This should not happen and this list of matters can be followed to...
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25th Sep
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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: Following the Inheritance Tax Review Call for evidence and Survey, which ran from 27 April and 8 June 2018, the Office of Tax...
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25th Sep
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Insolvent estatesAn estate is insolvent if, when realised, it will be insufficient to meet in full the debts and other liabilities to which it is...
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25th Sep
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Definition of trustsTrusts may be created by:•Will•during the lifetime of the settlorA trust is created where one or more persons (the trustees) are...
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25th Sep
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This Practice Note outlines how to calculate the amount of inheritance tax (IHT) that arises on an individual’s estate on death. For a broader...
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25th Sep
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During the progress of an estate administration process, there are a number of matters that are essential to the smooth running of that process. In...
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25th Sep
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Breach of dutyA breach of duty may arise where the personal representatives (PRs) distribute an estate without taking into account the existence of a...
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25th Sep
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In order to be able to qualify for the WIQS 'kitemark', practices will have to satisfy, firstly and crucially, a number of core standards by adopting...
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25th Sep
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The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme is designed to produce, as stated by the Law Society, a quality standard for the production of Wills and the...
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25th Sep
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The basic positionThe beneficiaries will want to know that the estate is being effectively administered by the personal representatives (PRs) and will...
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25th Sep
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The disappearance of a person does not automatically enable others to take control of that person's affairs or their property ownership. That can...
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25th Sep
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The Solicitors Regulation AuthorityThe Solicitors Regulation Authority's Handbook, which contains the new Solicitors Regulation Authority's Code of...
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25th Sep
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Date from which the Will speaksUnless there is a contrary intention in the Will, then as to:•property, the Will speaks and takes effect as if it had...
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25th Sep
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Time for paymentPersonal representatives (PRs) have a duty to pay the deceased's debts with due diligence, having regard to the assets in their hands...
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25th Sep
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Need for a grantThe personal representatives (PRs) need a grant of probate or administration'>letters of administration to enable them to make title...
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25th Sep
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Duty to keep estate accountsSection 25 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 (AEA 1925) gives personal representatives (PRs) a duty to keep...
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25th Sep
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IdentificationThe personal representatives (PRs) must identify:•the beneficiary entitled•what each beneficiary is entitled to receive•the time at...
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25th Sep
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There will be occasions when the client has a disability and the practice has to be in a position to ensure that it is able to ensure there is no...
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25th Sep
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Personal representatives' dutiesThe Administration of Estates Act 1925 (AEA 1925) states that personal representatives (PRs) must:•collect and get in...
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25th Sep

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