Lesley King

Lesley King

Lesley King is a freelance commentator, writer and speaker on private client law and practice, and former private client practice head at the College of Law in London.

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    Trust issues: witnessing wills and changes to the Trusts Register

    2020-09-17T20:21:00

    Lesley King considers the recent changes to the Trusts Register and a legislation update, validating wills made via videoconference since 31 January 2020.

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    Rectifying the situation

    2020-08-11T00:00:00

    Lesley King reviews a new title on the construction and rectification of wills and trust instruments

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    Unlawful killing: applying the forfeiture rule

    2020-06-18T11:38:00

    Lesley King looks at the rare cases practitioners may encounter when the court considers granting relief from the forfeiture rule after an unlawful killing.

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    Red zone

    2020-05-12T00:00:00

    Lesley King gives her tips for dealing with insolvent estates

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    Wills in a time of social distancing and self-isolation

    2020-04-03T10:12:00

    Social distancing and self-isolation, coupled with the sudden increase in demand for wills and lasting powers of attorney (LPAs), are presenting unique challenges for private client practitioners. Lesley King and Roman Kubiak consider how to tackle these issues – at a safe distance.

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    Missing: date of presumed death

    2020-03-04T10:41:00

    When someone goes missing and is never found, the date of their presumed death can impact who inherits their property. Lesley King considers the issues that can arise.

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    Accidental interests in possession

    2020-01-15T10:11:00

    Lesley King considers why it’s important to think through the inheritance tax consequences of giving a right to occupy.

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    Back to basics: Nil-rate band discretionary trusts

    2019-11-12T00:00:00

    Lesley King looks at the matters to consider when dealing with an estate where the will creates a nil-rate band discretionary trust

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    Mistakes and money-laundering

    2019-10-11T08:14:00

    Lesley King comments on a case where a trust beneficiary’s right to income was rescinded on the basis of mistake, and on the government’s consultation on implementing the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

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    Plenary: Good as golden

    2019-09-17T00:00:00

    At the Private Client Section annual conference, Lesley King provided her yearly update on private client law and practice, covering the residence nil-rate band, the importance of the ‘golden rule’, and an urgent Court of Protection application

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    In a bind: drafting deadlines for conditional gifts in a will

    2019-09-03T16:48:00

    Lesley King comments on a case where the time to comply with the condition of a will expired before the beneficiaries were aware of it – and on Scarle v Scarle, which dealt with deaths in uncertain order.

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    Payment protection insurance and private client practitioners

    2019-06-20T11:32:00

    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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    Probate fees and civil partnerships

    2019-04-15T15:57:00

    In something of a mixed bag this month, Lesley King comments on the introduction of civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples and the latest news on probate fees.

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    Out of time: claims under the Inheritance Act

    2019-03-13T16:08:00

    Lesley King comments on Cowan v Foreman and ors [2019] EWHC 349 Fam, and looks at what the case means for both contentious and non-contentious probate practitioners.

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    A stealthy new year: probate fees

    2019-01-16T16:12:00

    Lesley King comments on recent developments in the private client sector, such as the controversial increase in probate fees and new wording for grant applications.

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    Lasting things first: transparency rules and LPAs

    2018-10-18T09:17:00

    Lesley King comments on recent developments including the new transparency rules and guidance on lasting powers of attorney.

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    Plenary: Changing times

    2018-09-18T00:05:00

    At the Private Client Section conference, Lesley King provided her annual update following a very busy year for private client law and practice, covering developments around data protection, trusts and ISAs

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    All quiet on the estates front – relatively

    2018-08-29T10:09:00

    August was, as always, comparatively quiet. Lesley King draws out a couple of points worth notice, including registration deadlines and a recent case where two minor children were awarded 11 per cent of their father’s estate.

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    GDPR: I’ll try to keep it brief

    2018-06-14T11:23:00

    You’re probably heartily sick of hearing about the GDPR, but it is undeniably relevant to trustees and personal representatives (PRs). Lesley King takes a closer look at some of the implications for private client practitioners.

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    Notifiable arrangements under DOTAS

    2018-04-03T10:17:00

    Lesley King discusses the conditions which need to be met for notifiable arrangements.

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