Wills, Trusts & Probate

Probate fees: proposed rise ‘unjustifiable’ says Law Society

Proposed 'alignment' of costs would mean £118 price hike for professional service users

09 Jul 2021 | Associates

Eade v Hogg: a salutary lesson to all private client lawyers

Reflecting on a recent case, Matthew Duncan reminds us of the paramount importance of accurately recording instructions

25 Jun 2021 | Associates

It's good to talk: financial planning and wills

Following a recent report, Matthew Duncan reflects on how the British reserve may be impacting the probate process

07 May 2021 | Solicitors

Repetition of a disturbing theme

What did a psychiatrist’s expert report and Ravel’s Boléro have in common? Denzil Lush recalls a difficult case involving capacity

04 Mar 2021 | Private client

Veering off default

Matthew Duncan considers the judge’s approach to assessing damages where solicitors had been negligent in creating a trust scheme

Clashing Rights

Ann Stanyar considers the rights of care home residents, covid-19 vaccinations and best interests decisions

25 Feb 2021 | Private client

£986,000 damages following firm’s professional negligence

An adult son who was disinherited by his mother has won almost £1m in damages for law firm negligence

05 Feb 2021 | Property

Covid recovery wealth tax

Matthew Duncan considers the implications of a proposed wealth tax to help fund significant shortfalls in the public purse

7pc of UK respondents updated or made will in first lockdown

The majority of people in the UK had not got their affairs in order in spite of the pandemic as first UK national lockdown ended, the Law Society said

02 Dec 2020 | Legal services

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