Continuing Probate Delays

A woman sits at a table alongside a senior man. The woman is helping the man fill in a form labelled 'last will and testament'

Probate application delays reveal a continued increase from the start of the year despite a slight decrease from the previous month – decreasing from 15.4 weeks to 15.2, new data from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has revealed. For the 27,664 grants of probate issued in October, the average timeline from submission to grant […]

Cohabitation law: Government rejects calls for reform

Extracted from an article on Todayswillsandprobate.co.uk 4 November 2022 The government has rejected almost all proposals for cohabitation law reform put forward in the Women and Equalities Committee’s recent report. The report highlighted the lack of legal protection afforded to cohabiting couples, with Resolution describing their position as one of “legal limbo”. Key recommendations included an […]

Ombudsman offers guidance on capital deprivation disputes in England

https://www.step.org/industry-news The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has issued guidance to English councils on making decisions on whether someone has deliberately deprived themselves of assets to avoid paying residential care home fees.   Disputes regularly arise when a person who goes into long-term care has previously given away or otherwise disposed of assets, thereby […]

Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Extracted from an article on Fraserandfraser.co.uk 7 July 2022   What are digital assets? Digital assets are intangible records or files that are stored online. Usually we can only access these files through a device such as a mobile phone, tablet, laptop etc. A digital asset can include: Email accounts Social media accounts Online banking accounts Online […]

Gifting and Inheritance tax

June 17, 2022 Extracted from an article by Parisa Jones on Solicitors for the Elderly  sfe.legal   Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax paid on your estate after you’ve died. It’s a concern for many people who want to ensure their loved ones receive maximum benefit from any inheritance. IHT rules are complicated but with […]

Sufferers of dementia dismiss their symptoms as “old age”

Sufferers of dementia dismiss their symptoms as "old age"

May 20, 2022 Extracted from an article on todayswillsandprobate.co.uk  New research has shown that four in 10 dementia patients said it took them a long time to be diagnosed with the condition as they had believed their symptoms were caused by old age. The research, conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society, suggests many are missing out […]

Arranging an LPA is one way to stay in control after a dementia diagnosis

 Extracted from todayswillsandprobate.co.uk 12 May 2022 Monday 16th May marks the start of Dementia Action Week. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently around 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK. As dementia tends to affect people over the age of 65 (although it can also start at a younger age) the number […]

UK Government is Urged to Educate Public in Use of LPAs

Source: STEP Bulletin Monday, 21 February 2022 The general public has a poor understanding of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) and often have difficulty getting banks to deal with them correctly, according to UK-wide research by Which?, the consumer campaign company. The survey of 2,000 UK residents found that only one in seven people have […]