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Trace Missing Heirs Worldwide

Estate Research are a firm of International Probate Genealogists who specialise in tracing missing heirs worldwide. We offer a full range of services through all aspects of estate administration. We are proud to be the official Sponsors of the SOLICITORS group Wills and Probate conferences for 2015. Join the increasing number of satisfied Private Clients today. More…

Clerical Errors in Wills: costs implications

Costs are increasingly an issue for solicitors, particularly since the introduction of LASPO. A recent ruling illustrates how the courts may approach the issue of costs where there is a clerical error on the part of a solicitor resulting in litigation. More…

Gifts in Wills to Practitioners: new guidance

What are the implications for practitioners where a client wants to leave a gift to them or their family in their will? The Law Society’s new Practice Note on the issue provides useful guidance on good practice for lawyers drafting wills in such circumstances. More…

Can smaller firms take advantage through IT?

Firstly - The trick with your IT strategy is to think ahead and plan now. The smaller law firm with a well thought out IT strategy, where all staff (from the top down) are wedded to the accurate and acute use of IT systems will be a far more nimble and streamlined organisation. More…

The Business of Law: the key to success

Today’s legal profession is more than simply practicing black letter law. Critically, it’s about running a business. The SOLICITORS group plans an education programme focusing specifically on the business of law – reflecting your practice needs. More…

Is there a case for Case Management?

Unless you have an unlimited amount of hours in the day, if you are to meet these increasing demands upon your time then you have to be efficient. There are many suppliers to the legal market that offer products and services to make things easier for you. More…

Reasonable Provision under a Will: claimant’s conduct

Will the behaviour of an individual claiming reasonable provision from an estate have an effect on the court’s decision? The High Court has ruled that it did on the facts of a recent case where the claim failed in its entirety. More…

Generate additional income – funeral planning opportunity

Funeral pre-planning has grown significantly in popularity in recent years as more and more people seek to make financial and practical provision for their loved ones in advance. In fact approximately 10% of funerals last year were funded by a pre-paid funeral plan*. Funeral costs continue to rise and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. More…

LeO report on wills practice: improving standards

There has been a steady increase in wills disputes, and in complaints against wills practitioners - a trend likely to continue. What can practitioners learn from a recently published report of the Legal Ombudsman on wills practice? More…

Reviews: STEP Code for Will Preparation; and the WIQS ToolKit

We review the STEP code for will preparation in England and Wales; and the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme Toolkit for private client practitioners. More…

Wills and Incapacity

There has been a steady rise in cases involving wills disputes relating to mental capacity. What are the implications and responsibilities for wills practitioners today? More…

 
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