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Private Client Section

The Private Section covers wills and probate, estate administration, elderly client, mental capacity, trusts and tax and estate planning. We also cover other areas as they relate to private client law and practice, from practice management in private client firms to charity law, and from state benefits to international law and practice

Mental health

New practice note to support accredited legal representatives in the CoP

17 November 2017

The Law Society has published a new practice note to support solicitors appointed as accredited legal representatives (ALRs) by the Court of Protection. ALRs must be members of the Society’s new Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme which houses the quality assured panel of representatives.

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Digital danger Subscription

7 November 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority has called for lasting powers of attorney to be fully digitised to make them easier to apply for. Dawn Joughlin argues that the proposals will only leave vulnerable people at risk of fraud and abuse. 

All Mental Capacity

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Less formal wills should still hold up in court, says Law Society

10 November 2017

Courts should have the power to recognise and give legal effect to a deceased person’s final wishes even where the formalities of a valid will are not present, the Law Society said today.

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Probate Service survey: take part now

3 November 2017

As part of its digitisation of the probate system, HMCTS is canvassing opinion on the current service, and wants to hear from practitioners.

All Wills and Probate

Mental health

New practice note to support accredited legal representatives in the CoP

17 November 2017

The Law Society has published a new practice note to support solicitors appointed as accredited legal representatives (ALRs) by the Court of Protection. ALRs must be members of the Society’s new Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme which houses the quality assured panel of representatives.

dawn joughin

Digital danger Subscription

7 November 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority has called for lasting powers of attorney to be fully digitised to make them easier to apply for. Dawn Joughlin argues that the proposals will only leave vulnerable people at risk of fraud and abuse. 

All Elderly Client

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Guilt by association Subscription

7 November 2017

As of 30 September, there is a corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion. This brings a risk of criminal liability to solicitors’ firms for not only their employees’ actions, but also the actions of others with whom they are associated. Stuart Adams explains. 

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Cornering the market Subscription

7 November 2017

Change is afoot in the asset management industry, with the FCA proposing sweeping changes and a major new European directive coming into force from January. Patrick Connolly discusses what this could mean for solicitors and investor clients. 

All Tax and Estate Planning

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Brain trust

19 September 2017

Lesley King provides an update on recent developments in private client law

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Workshop: Court of Protection litigationSubscription

19 September 2017

Delegates at the conference could choose between five workshops, run twice over the course of the day. Ruth Hughes rounds up her workshop

All Contentious Probate

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Brain trust

19 September 2017

Lesley King provides an update on recent developments in private client law

All Trusts

Benefits of Membership*

Private Client Section renewals

The Private Client Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • NRB Changes
  • LPA Changes
  • Digital Assets
  • Cross Border Tax
  • IPFDA Cases
  • Care Act
  • Elderly Client
  • HMRC Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Capital Gains Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Webinars, Website, E-newsletters, Magazines and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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