MPs have launched an inquiry into probate in the wake of mounting concern about how long the process is taking, with HM Courts & Tribunals Service admitting to rising levels of complaints.
A solicitor who practised unauthorised and handled reserved probate work for a company owned by her non-solicitor son after her firm closed has been suspended for three months.
Private client lawyers believe the new online probate process is taking longer than the old paper-based system, with family solicitors and civil litigators also unhappy with digital processes.
Two solicitors who failed in their duties as attorneys under a lasting power of attorney have each been fined £11,250 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
A new Wills Act could permit electronic wills to be introduced “immediately”, rather than enabling the Lord Chancellor to introduce them in the future, the Law Commission says today.
Law firms are losing business by failing to get back to potential clients, with as many as one in five enquiries going unanswered, new research shows.
Nearly half of consumers who have a will either wrote their own or obtained it through a cheap online service, with hardly any checking the credentials of the provider.
A solicitor failed to spot a conflict of interest when a vulnerable client’s attorneys bought five properties using her money but gave themselves a 50% ownership stake in each.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to step up efforts to ensure compliance with continuing competence obligations, particularly among conveyancers and probate specialists.
Law firms are maintaining a good standard of service despite increased demand for lasting powers of attorney and deputyship work, an SRA review has found.
Cryptocurrency and digital assets are the assets of the future. But how can they be valued, regulated and retained? In this new online world, solicitors must understand how these assets will affect Wills and how to value them and include them in final estate accounts.
The High Court has praised the “ingenious arrangement” of witnessing a will through a car window in the early days of the pandemic.
A solicitor who used forged cheques from trustees or money from another client to cover up the fact she had failed to submit tax returns on time has been struck off.
A law firm which started proceedings when its client did not have standing to bring them has been ordered to pay wasted costs because it failed to check this.
Co-operative Legal Services recorded a 19% increase in revenue and 60% rise in profit in 2022 as it became the first law firm to strike a deal to offer services through Amazon.
Where budgets are tight, lawyers will be considering what’s in their existing arsenal to still improve productivity. One effective, accessible and cheap tool is legal project management.
Good customer service should be a priority for any business and, if you want to stay ahead of the competition, something that’s constantly under review.
There was welcome guidance from the Competition Appeal Tribunal this week for funded cases looking for certainty following PACCAR, with the renegotiated Sony litigation funding agreement upheld as lawful.
Spinal Injuries Association and Hudgell Solicitors join forces to fight for the rights of people with spinal cord injury
BigHand sees influx of wins as a series of firms drive efficiencies by switching Document Creation solutions
Latest HMRC property transaction figures show macro-economic conditions continue to subdue residential and commercial property markets
What new challenges will conveyancers face in the next generation, and how can they be better prepared to address them?
Assumed AML checks leave barristers and chambers vulnerable: Key takeaways from the SRA’s Annual AML Report