Delays in the Probate System

27/08/2019

The year began with the announcement that the probate service would be closing various probate registries and moving to a new computerised system, aimed at streamlining the probate application process. However, as the year has gone by it has become clear that the transition is not going to happen smoothly.

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Who inherits after simultaneous deaths?

25/07/2019

When 79-year-old Mr Searle and 69-year-old Mrs Searle were both discovered dead in their home, it incited a debate over who died first. Mr and Mrs Searle each had separate children from former marriages and both died without a Will. Now the two families are at war asking the High Court to decide who is entitled to inherit the house valued at around £300,000.

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Information Commissioner’s Office Issues Record Fine

10/07/2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. It was the biggest shake up of data protection in 20 years, with the aim of tightening how businesses gather and use personal data. The GDPR was passed into the laws of United Kingdom by Data Protection Act 2018.

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Commercial Quarterly Update July 2019

10/07/2019

The End of Section 21? A recent Government announcement suggests that section 21 notices, otherwise known as “no fault” evictions, may be coming to an end. A statement by the Communities Secretary James Brokenshire explains that the objective behind the policy change will be to give tenants greater “security and stability” who will no longer need to “fear being evicted at a moments’ notice”.

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Wansbroughs Triathlon Triumph

02/07/2019

Wansbroughs entered two teams in the JLL Property Triathlon at Eton Dorney this past Friday 28th June to raise money for the Jemima’s Gift Charity.

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Taper Relief on Gifts Made Less than Seven Years Before Death

01/07/2019

A lot of people are familiar with the concept of the need to survive seven years from a gift of capital for the value of that gift to fall out of their estates for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes. (For more information, please click on this link to see our article published in December 2018).

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