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4 November 2019 A brief update on probate

A new online system for probate applications was introduced in early October 2019, which will allow us to process and track applications for grants of probate online.

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29 January 2019 As Japan becomes 'adequate' for data protection laws...will the UK soon become 'inadequate'?

On 23 January 2019, the European Commission and the Personal Information Commission of Japan, concluded a two-year-long dialogue and the adoption of the decisions recognising each other’s personal data protection systems as ‘equivalent’.

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26 September 2017 Trust compulsory online registration

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a compulsory online Trust Registration Service (TRS) for all trusts with UK tax liabilities and complex estates.

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18 August 2017 Warnings over Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone (attorneys) to deal with your property and financial affairs and/or your health and welfare on your behalf.

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1 August 2017 Inheritance tax receipts reach record high

HMRC's latest figures show inheritance tax generated £4.84bn of income for the treasury in 2016/17, an increase of nearly 4% from the previous year.

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10 July 2017 Contentious comments on day FPS goes live

There was tough talking this week from Sir Stuart Etherington, the Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, who recommended “naming and shaming” those charities who refused (or didn’t respond) to requests to contribute to the Fundraising Regulator’s work.

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15 March 2017 Supreme Court win for charities in Ilott v Blue Cross case

The Supreme Court has today found in favour of various charities in the long-running Ilott v Blue Cross case which focused on the tension between legislation and the freedom of a person to make the will they want.

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13 March 2017 'Serious harm' caused by defamatory tweets

Katie Hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages and substantial legal costs, in relation to two defamatory tweets dating back to May 2015.

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9 March 2017 Passing on the family home - new inheritance tax relief from 6 April 2017

The new relief from inheritance tax, the "residence nil rate band" applies to deaths on or after 6 April 2017.

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27 February 2017 Probate fees are on the rise

Probate application fees will be increasing from a flat fee of £155 for solicitors/£215 for individuals up to £20,000.

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