Recent Estate Administration

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    Authority decision

    2020-02-13T00:00:00Z

    Leon Pickering examines a recent Court of Protection decision that raises significant implications relating to the authority of attorneys to use a donor’s money to benefit others

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    Let it be

    2020-02-13T00:00:00Z

    In a sluggish property market, it may be tempting for fiduciaries to let a property rather than allow it to stand empty and drain the value of an estate. But, as Paul Saunders explains, there are issues to consider, and regulatory and financial implications if you get it wrong ...

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    Back to basics: Business LPAs

    2020-02-13T00:00:00Z

    A business lasting power of attorney enables a business owner to authorise an attorney to make decisions concerning their business interests when they are unavailable or lack capacity. Craig Ward reviews the basics

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    Rise above

    2019-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Eleanor Evans looks at managing the risks involved in probate and estate administration 

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    PPI: my firm’s approach

    2019-08-20T10:30:00Z

    Ian Bond discusses the steps his firm has taken ahead of the 29 August deadline for payment protection insurance claims.

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    Payment protection insurance and private client practitioners

    2019-06-20T11:32:00Z

    The cut-off date for payment protection insurance claims is 29 August 2019. Lesley King looks at what this means for private client practitioners

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    Statement of truth: common errors to avoid

    2019-05-29T09:01:00Z

    HMCTS has provided a list of common errors it has found in statement of truth applications.

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    Pain and gain

    2019-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Alex Wavell looks at the income tax and capital gains tax issues which executors, or their advisers, will often face when administering the estate of a deceased person

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    Claim checks

    2019-05-14T00:00:00Z

    The claims deadline for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) is just a few months away. While it’s not always clear when administering a deceased person’s estate if they had PPI, Paul Saunders explains why fiduciaries should still consider making a claim

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    What is happening with probate fees? HM Courts & Tribunals Service Q&A

    2019-04-26T09:52:00Z

    In March 2019, it was announced that the statutory instrument bringing the revised probate fee scheme into force would be delayed. HM Courts Tribunals Service has published more information on what practitioners should be doing until the scheme is implemented.

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    Writing wrongs

    2019-02-12T00:00:00Z

    Daphne Perry offers some simple writing techniques to improve client service and business returns

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    Burial rights

    2019-02-12T00:00:00Z

    From organising a ‘green’ burial to handling family disputes over ashes, Amy Berry discusses some of the complex issues that can arise in the aftermath of a person’s death

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    Shock of the new

    2018-11-06T00:11:00Z

    The business of death is changing, as technology alters the way people are living their lives. How long before blockchain technology, e-signatures and chatbots become common on the private client stage? What else is waiting in the wings? Grania Langdon-Down investigates

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    Swim with the currency

    2018-11-06T00:09:00Z

    The fluctuating fortunes of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies are making the headlines on a regular basis. As their popularity grows, what do practitioners need to know to advise investors and traders? Sophie Cisler presents a guide

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    Wealth of information

    2018-11-06T00:01:00Z

    Ben Furlong looks at some recent changes in financial governance which have meant greater access to comprehensive financial information – and could have a significant impact on private client practice

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    Going electric

    2018-11-06T00:00:00Z

    Helen Clarke reviews a new title on the administration of digital information by fiduciaries

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    New release

    2018-08-07T00:05:00Z

    £3bn was released in equity by homeowners last year. While it’s becoming a more popular way to boost retirement income, some solicitors remain apprehensive. David Burrowes , chairman of the Equity Release Council, explains why the legal profession needs to have a rethink

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    Law Society responds to OTS review of inheritance tax

    2018-06-15T12:36:00Z

    The Law Society has responded to the Office of Tax Simplification’s Inheritance Tax Review. 

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    Payne in the probate: witness signatures and unauthorised withdrawals

    2018-06-13T16:29:00Z

    This month Roman Kubiak looks at an appeal where a will was upheld despite lacking witness signatures and a case where an attorney has been ordered to account for unauthorised payments from their father’s estate.

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    Artistic legacy

    2018-05-15T14:43:00Z

    The estates of artists, writers and other creative people throw up many issues, from the division of rights to preserving their reputation after death. Helen Citron and Robert Craig describe how the will-drafter can play a crucial role in ensuring things go smoothly