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Sources of help for solicitorsSolicitors Regulation AuthorityThe Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is the independent regulatory body of the Law...
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19th May
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Definition of a personal representativeSection 55(1)(xi) of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 defines ‘personal representative’ as:‘the executor,...
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19th May
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What rights does a residuary beneficiary have to challenge a firm’s professional charges for acting in the administration of an estate where the firm...
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Produced in partnership with Oliver Auld of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 19th May
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Probate actions—mutual WillsThe term ‘mutual Wills’ is used to describe joint or separate Wills made as a result of an agreement between the parties...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Draper of Shoosmiths 19th May
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Probate actions—Larke v Nugus requestsWhat is a Larke v Nugus requestIn 1959 the Law Society first recommended that where a dispute arises about the...
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19th May
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Contents of Wills—residuary giftsWhat a residuary gift comprisesThe residuary estate will not necessarily comprise only cash, but will usually include...
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19th May
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Assent of assets by personal representativesAssent by personal representativesPersonal representatives (PRs) can transfer assets to beneficiaries in...
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19th May
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Variation of Will or intestacy after death—Q&AsA deed of variation may be made to vary the disposition of an estate made by the deceased’s Will or on...
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19th May
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Is an application for a grant ad colligenda bona the correct procedure to enable executors to complete a sale of property as agreed by the...
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Produced in partnership with Lynne Counsell of 9 Stone Buildings 19th May
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For an infant settlement approval hearing, is there a standard draft order? Is Form N292 applicable for Inheritance Act claims?There are specific...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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Entitlement to a grant for a non-domiciled testatorDeceased domiciled outside England and WalesA grant issued in England and Wales will be necessary...
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19th May
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Revocation of WillRevocation of a WillA Will is revocable at any time during the testator's lifetime. A testator may not revoke their Will in any...
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19th May
Precedents
Warning to caveator, Rule 44(5)In the High Court of JusticeFamily Division[The nominated registry as defined by rule 44(15)]To [name] of [address] a...
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19th May
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Intermeddling in an estateWhat is intermeddling?An individual who performs certain duties which a personal representative (PR) would perform to...
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Produced in partnership with Jenny Bird and Charlotte Kynaston of Macfarlanes 19th May
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Will drafting—hotchpotHotchpot clauses in Wills can be useful in equalising benefits between beneficiaries.The hotchpot rule is also applied in cases...
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19th May
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Failure of gifts—ademptionWhen applying the doctrines of ademption and abatement, a distinction is drawn between specific, general and demonstrative...
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19th May

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What rights subsist in a photograph and how can they be transferred? How is a transfer of copyright in a photograph from a deceased person’s estate...
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25th Jul
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Can copyright and publication rights be bequeathed on death and how can this be achieved?Where the owner of copyright in a work leaves a Will, the...
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25th Jul
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Will drafting protocols—WIQS, SRA and STEPThe Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)The Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality...
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23rd Jul
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Does a Will need to be translated into the testator’s language if they do not understand English as a condition of valid execution?Where an individual...
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20th Jul
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Coronavirus (COVID-19)—WillsThis Practice Note considers the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Wills and provides answers or guidance...
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20th Jul
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How should shares in a private limited company be apportioned where the Will provides for equal division between three beneficiaries, but the shares...
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19th Jul
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Will drafting—client careThe preparation of a Will may be one of the most significant services that a practitioner will perform for their client. In...
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19th Jul
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Client information formGENERAL INFORMATIONClientSpouse/civil partnerNameAddressTelephone numberMobile numberEmail addressDOBChildrenNamesDOBPrevious...
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16th Jul
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Will preparation checklistAction√DateWill questionnaire and Making a Will—client guide sent to client(s)Terms of business letter and other client care...
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16th Jul
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Making a Will—client guideThis document provides general guidance regarding the reasons for and process involved in making a Will. Your Private Client...
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16th Jul
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Making a WillCORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The formal requirement for a valid Will to be witnessed in the presence of two witnesses is to be relaxed (with...
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Produced in partnership with Keith Bruce-Smith and Katie Walsh of Sinclair Gibson LLP 16th Jul
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How is a 16-year old beneficiary’s interest classified where a testator leaves their estate to their child by Will on an 18–25 trust with the...
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15th Jul
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Personal representatives and trustees—power of appropriationAppropriation is a process by which a personal representative (PR) or a trustee uses a...
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15th Jul
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Can you obtain a charging order over property held on trust where the judgment debtor is a one of multiple beneficiaries under the trust and also one...
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14th Jul
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Contents of Wills—executors, trustees and guardiansThere are certain rules to consider when advising a testator on who to appoint as executors of...
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13th Jul
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Conditional and dependent relative revocation of WillsIf a testator revokes the Will and that revocation is shown to be subject to a condition, the...
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6th Jul
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T is the sole shareholder of a property investment company. On T’s death, T wants the company to be wound up and its properties distributed to...
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1st Jul

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