Private Client

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.

Raab eyes “drastic action” to keep family disputes out of court

1 December 2021

Justice secretary Dominic Raab is “in the market for something quite drastic and bold” to reduce the number of private law family cases in the courts, he said yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion.

Solicitor suspended for “dumping” hours on file to meet billing targets

22 November 2021

A solicitor who “dumped” hundreds of hours of unjustified time on a largely completed file in a bid to meet his billing targets has been suspended for nine months.

LSB approves new regulator for accountant probate providers

25 October 2021

The Legal Services Board has approved CILEx Regulation’s application to take over the regulation of probate work carried on by members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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.

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