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  • Birmingham District Probate Registry to close at the end of August

  • Outcome of the Legal Service Consumer Panel Survey 2019 re private client law

  • Changes to your website, magazine and e-newsletters

  • HMCTS online probate reform event - slides and notes

  • Library FAQ: bare trusts and declarations of trust

The Law Society's Library and Practice Advice Service offer support and advice on legal practice and procedure, including through compiling FAQs

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Library FAQ: bare trusts and declarations of trust


The Law Society Library explains where you can find precedents for bare trusts and declarations of trust.

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PAS FAQ: executing a will without full testamentary capacity


Our Practice Advice Service considers what you can do if your client’s testamentary capacity changes before their will has been executed.

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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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Screaming out for a judge-led process – contentious probate update


Roman Kubiak comments on Lomax v Lomax [2019] EWHC 1267 (Fam), an Inheritance Act claim where the court refused to force parties to early neutral evaluation.

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