Lesley King's articles

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    Plenary: Good as golden


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.