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Probate Fee Hike U-turn

The justice Secretary Robert Buckland has reversed the government’s previous decision to introduce a probate fee increases, which were due to see families paying £6,000 in order to apply for a grant of probate. Currently, in England and Wales,...

The potential pitfalls of making a Will after remarrying and how to avoid them

When a married couple makes mirror Wills, they usually follow a simple formula – everything is left to each other when the first spouse dies, then passes to the children on the second death. This is an efficient and proven structure when all children...

Extended rights for pregnant employees and new parents

Pregnant women and new parents are set to receive extended legal protection against being made redundant after they return to work. The move is part of the government’s ‘Good Work Plan’. It follows a consultation which found that new...

Mother loses appeal over her children living with grandparents

A mother has lost her appeal against a special guardianship order which placed her children in the care of their paternal grandparents. The case involved children who had been the subject of a child protection plan due to parental neglect. A residency...

Developer not allowed to convert family home into HMO

A developer has been refused permission to convert a family home into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The property was in a street which contained mainly single-family homes. The developer wanted to the convert it into six self-contained apartments. ...

Pub manager was sexually harassed by 'jovial' co-worker

A pub manager has won a sexual harassment claim after a senior co-worker engaged in ‘poor taste humour’. The Employment Tribunal judge said the case showed that a person’s dignity can be violated even when there is no ‘malicious...

More than 90% approval for online probate application service

The new digital service for grant of probate applications has achieved a 92% satisfaction rating in its first 12 months, according to HM Courts and Tribunal Service. The service was introduced in July last year to streamline applications by dealing with...

Director removed after moving money during investigation

A court has ordered that a director should be removed from his position after several sums of investors’ money were dispersed into various companies. The director ran a business that sought investment for developments of hotels and care homes. ...

Warning to employers as number of disabled people in work rises

The government has warned employers that disabled people should not be considered a burden or prevented from enjoying fulfilling careers. The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that a record number of people have been supported by...

Husband reduces periodical divorce payments to his ex-wife

A man has reduced his periodical payments to his ex-wife after he argued that his business income was not a matrimonial asset. The couple married in 1988 and had four children who are all now adults. The family had a good standard of living thanks to the...
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