Copy-cat government websites

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Despite years of campaigning, client care remains at risk from copycat government websites – and nowhere is this more true than in the world of probate.

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Forget bitcoin – think blockchain, think assets, think registries

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Never mind Craig Wright. A quick news search for “bitcoin” and “blockchain” reveals that the technology underlying bitcoin grabs many more headlines than the cryptocurrency itself. Already this year, the Government Office for Science has published a report on blockchain’s implications, the deputy governor of the Bank of England devoted a speech to it, and journalists have hailed it as a trust machine, asking is blockchain the most important IT invention of our age? So what is blockchain and why is it seen as the gold bullet for achieving proof of ownership?

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Is the state-backed guarantee of ownership about to start shrinking?

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Currently, if someone suffers loss as a result of a mistake in the land register, they can claim compensation from the Land Registry. The Government acknowledges that this insurance principle is vital for stability in the property market and the economy as a whole. Its consultation paper on privatising the Land Registry insists that any change in ownership “will not affect the existence of a state guarantee to rectify mistakes”. Nevertheless, practitioners should be aware that the Law Commission has set out a range of proposals that seek to narrow the Land Registry’s indemnity.

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West Riding deeds registry to close until 2017

Posted in For Family Historians, For Solicitors

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The West Yorkshire Archive Service in Wakefield will close to the public on 13 May 2016 and re-open in new, purpose built premises in early 2017. As the archive houses the West Yorkshire deeds registry, this closure will have a significant impact on any solicitors who need to establish ownership of unregistered property in the area. However, if you contact us before the closure date, we will prioritise your search.

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When a small act of kindness makes a world of difference

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The second episode of The Secret History of My Family (available on BBC iPlayer here) presents the story of the Manley and Hunt families, a story in which a small act of kindness saves two young people from the workhouse. In this article, Anglia Research’s Eileen Butcher, who was employed as a genealogist for the programme, describes her response to the finished documentary.

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