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Digital Wills – What does the future hold?

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I checked the website of the Law Commission recently to see whether there was any news on when we could expect their recommendations following last year’s consultation process on the law of wills. It does not seem imminent. We know, however, that changes are on the way. Probate applications can now be made online and, inevitably, there will be changes in the law enabling wills to be made in accordance with the requirements of the digital world in which we now live.

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Office Moves!

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I think they are almost as bad as home moves. After 20 years in the old building, we have moved up the road. The bad things involve the disruption and discovering an amazing amount of accumulated defunct items accumulated over that long period. On the plus side, we are now integrated with our accountancy colleagues at Stanford Gate so our clients benefit from more depth in our tax and financial advice – particularly where income tax returns are required. And we are getting used to open plan and, I have to admit, it is a much more pleasant working environment. We are still close to Brighton Probate Registry and that means any communication with their office will be more or less instant. We find that at the moment Brighton are turning cases around quickly and it is probably a better choice than the London alternative.

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On the Tube - Life After Death

On the Tube - Life After Death

It is amazing what adverts you can see on trains.  The other day I was surprised to see an advertisement dealing with all sorts of issues associated with death so we had references to funeral plans, getting the right undertaker, making wills and last but not least dealing with probate.  I suppose because the opportunities now offered by IT platforms are so great, that there must be a temptation to come on to these all singing all dancing services.  It may be that everything which is being offered is absolutely marvellous but my reservation is that the spread is too thin and the right answer for the discriminating consumer must be to head for a specialist.

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The Funeral Industry and Funeral Plans

the funeral industry and funeral plans

As followers of this blog will know I’ve always had my doubts about funeral plans.  It seems that the concern is shared by the Treasury who have recently announced plans to investigate.  There has been some suggestion that one or two providers are using incoming premiums to pay off current claims in a kind of Ponzi like arrangement. 

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Probate - Big Changes Ahead

Probate - big changes ahead

The Government plans to move probate online.  It seems that the project is gathering pace.  There is evidence that the hours of access to Probate Registry offices are being reduced and that some offices may face closure.  The record of various governments in relation to ambitious IT driven projects is not good.  Let us hope that there is an amazing exception when it comes to the probate reforms.

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