New data rules have generated a 23pc year-on-year growth in demand for lawyers

The impending implementation date, 25th May 2018, for the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, has seen the number of jobs available for lawyers in the UK increase by nearly a quarter in the first few months of this year. The new GDPR is intended to give people...

Chief Executive of the Law Society, England and Wales, speaks on Brexit

Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, said yesterday, changes to key laws in the wake of Brexit could take years to accomplish and pledged the Law Society would work with the solicitor profession, their clients, the public and with...

Signing a Will in the correct way

     Decisions on the formalities of the execution of  a Will usually turn on whether the witnesses were jointly  present when the testator signed or his /her signature acknowledged in the rather unusual case of Barrett v Bern . The point in issue was whether the...

Onerous duties of an Executor

  The duty of an Executor is to ascertain details of assets and liabilities of the estate and of any gifts made by the deceased. The difficulty is being certain that you have taken reasonable care to find these details. HM Revenue and Customs  says  this  in it’s...

Wrong Will signed by Testators

  In a recent case Marley v Rawlings the facts were Mr and Mrs Rawlings each left the other their entire estate but if the spouse failed to survive the whole estate was left to Terry Marley who was treated as their adopted  son. The Rawlings had 2 natural...

Wills and Probate – Estate Administration

When someone dies without a Will they are said to have died intestate . In this situation the estate will pass according to rules which have been put together over the years based on what it would be considered reasonable for people to inherit in certain situations....