Private Client

Electronic signatures instead of witnesses for LPAs stay on the table

20 May 2022

The government has refused to rule out replacing the witnessing of lasting powers of attorney with electronic signatures despite widespread opposition in a consultation.

Exclusive: Co-op Legal Services eyes £100m turnover in growth push

18 May 2022

Co-operative Legal Services – the poster child of the alternative business structure era – is planning major expansion over the next five years to become a £100m operation.

Specialist contentious probate law firm launches network and tech

11 February 2022

A fast-growing law firm specialising only in contentious probate is launching a network to support non-specialist firms later this month, to be followed by two tech products.

Wills and probate market tops £2bn with contentious work on the rise

4 February 2022

The value of the wills, trusts and probate market topped £2bn for the first time last year, with contentious work on the rise, and law firms’ grip on will-writing work continuing to slip.

Judge excoriates “reckless and quite possibly dishonest” solicitor

1 February 2022

The way a solicitor went about preparing a £100m will was “reckless and quite possibly dishonest”, the High Court ruled yesterday.

Immigration solicitor certified LPA without checking client’s capacity

26 January 2022

An immigration solicitor certified a lasting power of attorney for a walk-in client without checking his capacity, allowing the man’s son and attorney to misuse some of his money.

Accountancy body refused permission to exit probate regulation

25 January 2022

The Legal Services Board has refused to ‘de-designate’ an accountancy body as a probate regulator over concerns that its members are now practising unregulated.

Lawyers back Raab decision to extend remote witnessing of wills

12 January 2022

Lawyers have welcomed yesterday’s government’s decision to renew the temporary legislation allowing for the remote witnessing of wills for another two years.

Accountants finally fall into line on price transparency for probate work

5 January 2022

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales is finally set to impose compulsory price transparency on the accountancy firms that offer probate services.

Ince launches “most wide-ranging” private wealth offering

14 December 2021

Listed law firm Ince has heralded a return to City firms offering private client services by launching an integrated private wealth offering for corporate clients.

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