“Presumption of death” certificate scheme comes into force

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From 1 October 2014, relatives of missing people can apply for a certificate of presumed death which will allow them to resolve their loved one’s legal and financial affairs.

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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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Mothers on marriage certificates - a genealogist’s point of view

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Today the Prime Minister announced that he has instructed the Home Office to allow mothers' names to appear on English and Welsh marriage certificates. The issue of those missing mothers’ names has been a genealogist’s gripe for many years. In this interview, Peter Turvey explains why it matters for family history and particularly for probate research.

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