Children being ‘set up to fail’ on release from custody by authorities, watchdog finds – The Independent

‘Children jailed for criminal offences are being “set up to fail” by authorities who fail to give them the support they need to stop offending, a watchdog has found. Half of the 12 to 17-year-old boys whose cases were examined by HM Inspectorates of Probation and Prisons, were being investigated by police again within three months of being released from young offender institutions.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2019

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Judge praises LiPs denied adjournment to find solicitors – Litigation Futures

Posted September 20th, 2019 in adjournment, legal representation, litigants in person, news, probate by sally

‘A deputy master hearing a probate dispute in the High Court said the way litigants in person ran their defence justified a decision not to adjourn the case so they could instruct new lawyers.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th September 2019

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Elderly solicitor struck off for overcharging clients – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor’s 55 years of practice have come to an end after he was struck off for overcharging probate clients.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2019

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Licensed conveyancers set for practising fees cut – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2019 in consultations, conveyancing, fees, licensing, news, probate by sally

‘The body that regulates licensed conveyancers is looking at steep reductions in the cost of practising, arguing that “good regulation does not have to come with an onerous price tag”.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2019

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Paralegal jailed for swindling money from clients’ estates – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in fraud, guilty pleas, news, paralegals, probate, sentencing by sally

‘A paralegal who stole £70,000 from people’s estates to splash out on designer clothes and handbags has been jailed for more than three years.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2019

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High Court allows more time for steelworker claims – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has given the personal representatives of deceased steelworkers more time to register their compensation claims under a group litigation order (GLO).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th February 2019

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Online will providers 77% cheaper than solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2018 in fees, internet, Law Commission, news, probate, solicitors, statistics, wills by sally

‘Online will providers are 77% cheaper than solicitors on average, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

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Litigant in person’s “tittle tattle” claim needs a proper hearing, says judge – Litigation Futures

Posted April 5th, 2018 in appeals, litigants in person, news, probate, striking out, summary judgments by sally

‘A litigant in person’s contentious probate claim, part of which was dismissed by a High Court master as “no more than tittle tattle”, needs a proper hearing, a judge has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th April 2018

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Aspects of burial law from Brady’s funeral judgment – Law & Religion UK

‘On 13 October, the High Court handed down the judgment Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council & Ors v Robin Makin & Ors [2017] EWHC Case No: HC-2017-002064 (Ch) concerning the arrangements for the disposal of the body of Ian Stewart-Brady, formerly Ian Brady (the “deceased”), one of the infamous Moors murderers. We posted some initial comments based upon the Court’s judgment and the Summary which it produced “to assist in understanding the Court’s decision”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th November 2017

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Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2017 in fees, news, probate by tracey

‘Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election.
Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May.
The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2017

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Truss’s plan to increase probate fees may not be legally enforceable – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2017 in enforcement, fees, news, probate, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Government plans to raise £300m by increasing probate fees – payable when claiming inheritances – may not be legally enforceable, a parliamentary committee has said. A report by the joint committee on statutory instruments has suggested that the Ministry of Justice may not have the authority to introduce the charges of up to £20,000 per estate.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2017

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MoJ confirms hike in probate fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 28th, 2017 in consultations, courts, fees, news, probate by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has confirmed a massive overhaul in probate charges, which will see some estates charged up to £20,000. From May this year, subject to parliamentary approval, the MoJ is planning to introduce a sliding scale of charges for probate fees to replace the current flat fees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th February 2017

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Woman who used conveyancers to litigate probate dispute told to repay money lost to estate – Legal Futures

Posted August 26th, 2016 in administrators, fees, news, probate, repayment by sally

‘A woman who obtained a grant of letters of administration and then used a firm of licensed conveyancers to defend herself against a claim from other potential beneficiaries, has been told by the High Court that she has to pay back to the estate nearly £87,000 given to the firm that has been lost.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2016

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iPhone evidence ‘could be more effective than court hearing’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Resolving neighbour disputes using iPhone evidence and a video hearing might be more effective than the parties travelling several miles to court, a senior government official has said, outlining significant developments to modernise the justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2016

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Divorced husband allowed to challenge will – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2016 in divorce, news, probate, wills by sally

‘A divorced husband has been given permission to challenge the validity of his ex mother-in-law’s will.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2016

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Credit where Creditor’s due – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, probate, wills by sally

‘In Randall v Randall [2016] EWCA Civ 494, the Court of Appeal considered whether a creditor of a beneficiary of an estate had sufficient standing to bring a probate claim to challenge the validity of a purported will of the testatrix.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 22nd June 2016

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Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% – The Guardian

‘Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase by more than 500% in order to help pay off the Ministry of Justice’s funding deficit.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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Raising funds to modernise the Probate Service – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted April 14th, 2016 in consultations, fees, internet, news, probate by sally

‘A banded approach to probate fees has been proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Views are sought on proposals to impose fees of between £300 and £20,000, depending on the value of the estate. The value of an estate below which no fee is payable would rise from £5,000 to £50,000. The consultation is open until 1 April 2016.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th March 2016

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Testamentary capacity and the not-so golden rule: Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37 – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 13th, 2016 in appeals, codes of practice, doctors, news, probate, solicitors, wills by sally

‘David Rose reviews the recent Court of Appeal decision in Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37, which contains an up-to-date summary of the law relating to testamentary capacity and knowledge & approval.’

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Park Square Barristers, 31st March 2016

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Online divorce and probate set for early 2017, Munby says – Legal Futures

Posted March 1st, 2016 in case management, courts, divorce, internet, news, probate, speeches by sally

‘Online divorce and probate are set to be delivered under the courts modernisation programme by early 2017, the president of the Family Division has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st March 2016

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