“And people think I have a safe office job”

Posted in Case Histories, For Relatives, For Solicitors

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With over 35 years’ experience as a genealogist, local historian and archivist – and a string of qualifications to her name – you might expect to find Anglia Research’s Terry Bridger in the rarified atmosphere of a record office or, at the very least, safe at a desk in front of a computer. Not in a hazmat suit, hacking a path to someone’s front door with a pair of shears. In this article, she describes the gritty reality of a probate researcher’s work.

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AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters

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Since the 1970s there has been an explosion of interest in genealogy, with a corresponding growth in the number of ‘professional’ genealogists. Yet, 40 years on, people still struggle to judge the credentials of different service providers and to distinguish between the various logos that are used on different websites. In this article, Peter Turvey describes the main method for serious genealogists to achieve bona fide professional accreditation.

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“Presumption of death” certificate scheme comes into force

Posted in For Solicitors

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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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