Recent Estate Administration

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    Reviewing the probate service during coronavirus – May 2020

    2020-05-15T08:56:00Z

    We continue to meet with HM Courts and Tribunals Service to review the status of the probate service in light of coronavirus restrictions.

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    Red zone

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Lesley King gives her tips for dealing with insolvent estates

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    The scheme of things

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Tony Padgett presents a guide for personal representatives handling pensions as part of an estate administration

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    Mere chattels?

    2020-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Many testators gift chattels to executors absolutely to avoid the hassle of regularly updating their wills. It’s usually straightforward but, as Paul Saunders explains, tax and other implications can arise

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    How to work with HMCTS digitally: temporary probate arrangements

    2020-04-17T09:35:00Z

    HM Courts Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has written to probate practitioners explaining its temporary working arrangements during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

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    PAS FAQ: administering small estates

    2020-04-14T14:27:00Z

    Our Practice Advice Service offers guidance on administering estates that may be insolvent.

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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