- Monday, 18 July 2016
A family-run firm of funeral directors with 36 branches has become the first of its kind to set up an alternative business structure. Lodge Brothers Legal Services, launched last week, offers fixed-fee services for clients wanting wills, probate and powers of attorney.
Tags: Alternative business structures, fixed fees, wills and probate
Posted in Alternative business structures, Latest news, Market monitor
- Thursday, 18 February 2016
A sole practitioner who brought a “cataclysm” upon himself by failing to protect the interests of children when acting as a trustee, leading to them not receiving the legacies they should have done from two wills, has been struck off and ordered to pay £65,000 in costs. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said Timothy John Wilkinson “blamed everyone else”.
Tags: Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Solicitors Regulation Authority, wills and probate
Posted in Latest news, Regulation, Solicitors
- Thursday, 4 December 2014
Forget the John Lewis Christmas advert – lawyers have stepped up efforts to target the over-50s and the victims of medical accidents in the latest high-profile marketing pushes by QualitySolicitors and First4Lawyers respectively.
Tags: advertising, clinical negligence, marketing, QualitySolicitors, wills and probate
Posted in Latest news, Marketing & PR
- Thursday, 16 October 2014
The chief legal ombudsman, Adam Sampson, has called on the government to extend its jursidction to unregulated will-writing and probate providers – while also highlighting continued shortcomings among regulated providers.
Tags: Legal Ombudsman, LeO, Solicitors Regulation Authority, will-writers, will-writing, wills and probate
Posted in Latest news, Other lawyers, Regulation, Solicitors
- Wednesday, 12 September 2012
A will-writer is planning to use his new alternative business structure (ABS) licence to expand into the conveyancing market, Legal Futures can report. Further, an IFA is planning a specialist multi-disciplinary ABS with a law firm focusing on the over-55s.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, conveyancing, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Solicitors Regulation Authority, wills and probate
Posted in Alternative business structures, Latest news, Market monitor, Other lawyers
The satisfied probate client: face-to-face advice from a solicitor on a fixed fee, says major survey…Monday, 19 March 2012
Consumers of probate and estate administration services are significantly more satisfied when they receive their advice face to face, rather than by e-mail, post or telephone, major research has found, while those on fixed fees pay a third less than those charged by the hour.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, estate administration, Legal Services Board, probate, reserved legal activities, wills and probate
Posted in Latest news, Legal Services Board
- Friday, 25 November 2011
A regional firm of accountants is planning to become an alternative business structure (ABS). Becoming an ABS will allow Spofforths to improve the private client service currently provided by an in-house legal team and in time become a legal brand in its local market.
Tags: ABS, accountants, Alternative business structures, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Institute of Chartered Accountants, reserved legal activities, Solicitors Regulation Authority, wills and probate
Posted in Alternative business structures, Market monitor, News
- Thursday, 10 November 2011
AIM-listed In-Deed has today become the first business to announce its explicit intention to invest in law firms. The company is looking for approaches from “successful and profitable provincial legal practices” to help make In-Deed a leading consumer legal brand.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, consumer brands, conveyancing, personal injury, wills and probate
Posted in Market monitor, News
- Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The Insolvency Service last week presented petitions to wind up three will-writing businesses. The news comes as the Legal Services Board issues a call for evidence on whether to make will-writing, the entire probate process and estate administration reserved legal activities.
Tags: estate administration, Legal Services Board, Legal Services Consumer Panel, probate, reserved legal activities, will-writing, wills and probate
Posted in Legal Services Board, News, Other lawyers
- Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Some lawyers and financial advisers may be exploiting bereaved families by overcharging for probate, over-50s organisation Saga has suggested – pointing consumers to its own, cheaper, legal services arm instead. It says it will charge 1% of the estate, compared to up to 5% by other providers.
Tags: consumer brands, wills and probate
Posted in Market monitor, News