Recent Estate Administration

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    PAS FAQ: binding wills signed at home

    2021-09-23T13:27:00Z

    Our Practice Advice Service explains how to bind wills that are signed by clients at home.

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    Giving it up

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    A recent case involving a law firm that refused to renounce acting as professional executor ended up with it being removed by the High Court and a hefty legal bill to pay. Julie Man explains what you should do if faced with a similar request to renounce your executorship

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    Estate of play

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Cancer Research UK recently held an online event with a panel of legal and medical experts to discuss whether COVID-19 has increased the likelihood of claims against estates. Here is a summary of the key points discussed 

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    The estate is not enough

    2021-05-18T00:00:00Z

    We have all seen wills in which beneficiaries question whether the existence of the transferable nil-rate band changes the amount payable under a nil-rate band legacy. Paul Saunders assesses what happens where the estate is insufficient to satisfy the legacy in any event

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    PAS FAQ: replacing an enduring power of attorney

    2021-04-19T09:16:00Z

    Our Practice Advice Service explains how to help your client revoke an old enduring power of attorney.

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    Back to Basics: Liabilities in estate administration

    2021-02-16T00:00:00Z

    Lesley King looks at the rules governing payment of debts and liabilities during the administration of estates, including a number of example scenarios and relevant case law.

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    Book review: Doing the deed

    2021-02-16T00:00:00Z

    Gareth Marland reviews the latest release by Professor Lesley King on varying the distribution of an estate after death

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    Overcoming the burden of administration in death

    2021-01-15T14:29:00Z

    Estate management is a time-consuming business, but the digitisation of death will accelerate in the coming years, claims Tremayne Carew Pole, founder of  Life Ledger. He looks at how the process is changing in the private as well as the public sector 

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    Back to Basics: How to manage cryptocurrencies

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Leigh Sagar explains the basics of cryptocurrencies, and how to deal with them in an estate administration

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    Weathering the storm

    2020-11-17T00:00:00Z

    Sarah McGovern explains how to navigate some of the issues likely to arise in estate administrations during a volatile market, including fluctuations in property prices

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    Accelerated payment of capital gains tax on residential land

    2020-11-04T14:49:00Z

    Since 6 April 2020, report and payment for capital gains tax on residential land must be made within 30 days of completion. Lesley King looks at the rules that trustees and personal representatives need to follow.

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    FAQs for solicitors making probate applications

    2020-06-16T14:20:00Z

    In June 2020, the Law Society helped to produce a new resource to support legal professionals using the probate service.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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