December 2018 Archive

Why you won't be able to swear in front of a solicitor for too much longer

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The Government has recently announced changes to the procedure for applying for a grant of probate in England and Wales. The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018 ('the New Rules') form part of the Government's continuing project to modernise the probate process. More …

How blockchain might transform the world of real estate

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This October the Land Registry took a significant leap towards their goal of digitization, by partnering with tech-company and blockchain experts R3. We take a look at how this might transform the world of real estate. More …

When a child has a baby, does the Court place them in a special category?

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The High Court has decided that it is not necessary for a Local Authority to inform a father of his baby's birth. More …

Digital assets and making a will

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In January 2018 a unique, mint condition item was put up for sale in an online auction house and generated a huge amount of interest. We take a look at digital assets in more detail. More …

Brexit negotiations and EU nationals in the UK

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Following the Brexit referendum, the position of EU nationals in the UK has become part of the complex withdrawal negotiations. After months of uncertainty, in June 2018, the Government announced the details of the agreement reached with the EU regarding protecting the rights of EU nationals in the UK. More …

New building regulations ban combustible cladding

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Partner Rachel Gwilliam explains what the changes to legislation mean for the construction industry. Eighteen months after 72 people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire, combustible cladding has been banned from use in all new high-rise residential buildings. More …

The rise of predatory marriages and how they can affect Wills

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Earlier this year we looked at how the test of capacity varies depending on the situation and how it may be possible that the threshold required for a person to marry is lower than that to make a Will. Campaigners are now hoping to change the law in order to protect vulnerable testators and their families from exploitation by ill-intentioned individuals entering into a marriage for financial gain. More …

"Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor" mortgages and living together agreements

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Simon Burge, a family law expert, takes a look at the use of a "living together agreement" in connection with a joint borrower mortgage for an unmarried couple, where only one of them is to own the property. More …

An increase in Probate fees set to be introduced in April 2019

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The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Lucy Frazer QC MP has recently announced that she has put new legislation before Parliament, which if implemented, would introduce a new, banded structure of fees (depending on the value of the estate) for obtaining a grant of probate. More …

New process for in country applications

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The in country application process is currently going through a major overhaul. From the beginning of November, the Home Office started gradually introducing changes to the way the applications are being submitted and processed. More …