In estate administration, where does your duty lie?

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Has the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) moved the probate goalposts? What duty do estate administration lawyers owe to beneficiaries of an estate?

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A note on upcoming changes to the rules of intestacy

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The Inheritance and Trustees’ Power Act 2014, due to come into effect on 1 October, makes a number of changes to the intestacy rules. Broadly, these ensure that estate distribution is more favourable to the deceased's surviving spouse or civil partner.

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Behind the scenes at WDYTYA?

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Anglia Research’s Eileen Butcher – who appears in the latest episode of Who Do You Think You Are? – offers us a glimpse behind the scenes of the BBC’s showcase genealogy programme.

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The secret to instructing probate research

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In this article, first published in the Probate Yearbook 2010, Peter Turvey, managing director of Anglia Research, provides pointers to selecting and instructing a probate genealogy company.

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When personal interest conflicts with legal duty

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Legal advisers need to be aware that in intestacy cases where the personal representative is also a beneficiary there is no incentive to track down other beneficiaries. The following case history highlights the dangers of distributing an estate without verifying the deceased’s family tree.

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