Private Client


Law Society attacks plan to end witnessing of LPAs

14 October 2021

The Law Society has attacked plans to replace witnessing of lasting powers of attorney with electronic signatures and also force solicitors to use a digital portal.


Solicitor who “considered herself to be the client” is struck off

2 September 2021

A solicitor “considered herself to be the client” while operating under a lasting power of attorney, sending bills to herself and massively overcharging the elderly client involved.


Solicitor who stole £275,000 from client’s estate struck off

1 September 2021

A solicitor who abused his position as the executor of an estate and stole £275,000 from it to spend on an “excessive lifestyle” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


LSB delays decision on new breed of accountant probate providers

24 August 2021

The Legal Services Board has given itself more time to decide on whether to approve a new breed of law firm created by CILEx Regulation and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Accountants doing probate work failing on price transparency

12 August 2021

Chartered accountants handling probate work are to face compulsory rules on publishing price and service information after their regulator admitted a voluntary approach had not worked.


Digital LPAs to be registered in two weeks under reform plan

21 July 2021

The government has outlined plans to streamline and digitise lasting powers of attorney, cutting the time needed for registration in most cases from 40 to 14 days.


Establishing fraudulent calumny – has the mind of the testator been ‘poisoned’?

21 June 2021

There are a number of grounds upon which a person might seek to a challenge the will of a loved one. They include circumstances where the specific formalities required when creating a will are not adhered to, or where the person making the will did not have the necessary mental capacity. It might be that the person making the will did not understand or approve its contents or that they were subject to some form of undue influence by another party. One of the less common grounds potentially available to someone wishing to challenge a will is that of fraudulent calumny.


Free wills “as profitable as charging a few hundred pounds”

17 June 2021

Law firms can make as much money by providing their clients with free wills and charging for additional services than by charging a few hundred pounds for a will.


Life management business takes holistic approach to divorce and bereavement

15 June 2021

A “boutique life management service” is aiming to reduce the stress of divorce and bereavement by providing a holistic service including legal and financial advice.


Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.


Solicitor who submitted false oath agrees to leave profession

5 March 2021

A former partner at a Yorkshire law firm who submitted a false statement to the probate court as part of the oath for executors has agreed to leave the profession.


Personal insolvency verses matrimonial law

3 March 2021

It is fair to say that there has, for many years, been a “difference of opinion” between the law governing personal insolvency and matrimonial law with each “side” believing that they are right and should take precedence. The principal, sometimes conflicting, legislation is covered in the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. However, the differing courts can and will give wide discretion when determining whether and how a married couple’s assets are to be divided.


Consumers willing to work with wills and probate solicitors online

15 December 2020

More than a third of consumers believe that video witnessing of wills is “a good alternative” to being there in person, according to a major study, while a majority are happy to have an online consultation.


Solicitor ordered secretaries to retrospectively “witness” wills

4 December 2020

The managing director of a law firm who ordered legal secretaries and a trainee solicitor to retrospectively “witness” wills which had already been signed by clients has been struck off.


Solicitors oppose move to digital signatures for LPAs

16 November 2020

The vast majority of solicitors want to retain the rule that donors must physically sign lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) rather than move to electronic signatures, a survey has found.

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