Private Client

MPs launch inquiry into lengthening probate delays

24 November 2023

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.

Solicitor who practised unauthorised for son’s business is suspended

25 October 2023

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.

Online probate process “taking longer than paper”

18 October 2023

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.

Solicitor attorneys fined £22k for home insurance failure

13 October 2023

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.

New legislation could introduce electronic wills “immediately”

5 October 2023

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 “failing to respond” to consumer enquiries

21 September 2023

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.

“Catalogue of mistakes” – STEP makes case for will-writing regulation

8 September 2023

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.

Solicitor failed to spot conflict in property deals for vulnerable client

22 August 2023

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.

SRA to toughen up on compliance with continuing competence rules

4 August 2023

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to step up efforts to ensure compliance with continuing competence obligations, particularly among conveyancers and probate specialists.

SRA happy with standards of law firms handling LPAs and deputyships

13 July 2023

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 in estate administration

14 June 2023

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.

Court upholds Covid will witnessed through car window

22 May 2023

The High Court has praised the “ingenious arrangement” of witnessing a will through a car window in the early days of the pandemic.

Solicitor who forged trustees’ signatures struck off

26 April 2023

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.

Firm ordered to pay wasted costs for “inexplicable” error

21 April 2023

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-op to offer wills through Amazon as it unveils soaring finances

5 April 2023

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.

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