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January 22, 2021

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Who Died First
Probate
Laura Fontaine

An Inheritance Dispute Who Died First

An inheritance dispute between two stepsisters hingeing on which of their parents died first has been resolved by the High Court, which ruled that the younger parent legally outlived the older. John William Scarle, 79, and Marjorie Ann Scarle, 69, died from hypothermia at their Essex home almost three years ago. Given the law governing

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Wills
Wills & Trusts
Laura Fontaine

A Striking Shift In The Number of People Making or Updating a Will

A ‘striking shift’ in the number of people making or updating wills during the pandemic – but warned that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of people still do not have their affairs in order. In a survey conducted in late June, 7% of respondents said they had made or updated their will during the first UK-wide lockdown.

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Will
Wills & Trusts
Laura Fontaine

Virtual wills ‘Problems In Urgent Cases

A probate specialist has highlighted a range of problems arising from virtually-witnessed wills, saying the multi-stage process is ‘pretty unattractive’ for practitioners. Professor Lesley King, professional development consultant at the University of Law, said the remote system can cause delays because the will has to be physically signed by three people – the testator and

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Probate
Probate
Laura Fontaine

HM Courts & Tribunals Service Pushed Back

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has pushed back the final deadline for probate applications on paper following complaints from solicitors about issues with the online system. The grace period for the use of paper-based probate applications has been extended until 11 January 2021. Online applications officially became mandatory for professionals on 2 November, but some

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Inheritance Tax
Inheritance Tax
Laura Fontaine

HMRC warns of potential probate delays caused by IHT400

HMRC warns of potential probate delays caused by IHT400HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is advising executors and administrators not to submit their grant of probate or administration too early, as it could cause delays due to an issue matching up IHT400 and IHT421 forms. Inheritance Tax IHT400 When should you apply for a grant of

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