Bankruptcy searches should be international

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To mitigate the risk of claims being made against them, personal representatives, solicitors and executors involved in distributing estates should commission bankruptcy and insolvency searches abroad as well as in the UK. However, there are also other areas of law where due diligence might include overseas searches. Commercial, planning and conveyancing lawyers should all consider international searches. In this article, we examine the legal basis for bankruptcy searches and the situations in which an international search is necessary.

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Celebrating changes to wedding registration

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Mothers’ names have traditionally been excluded from marriage certificates. However, it was announced in 2019 that this was finally to be updated. These changes took effect on May 4th 2021, and mean that mothers of both the bride and groom will now be named on the certificates.

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Using social media during bereavement

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The widespread use of social media has changed many interactions in our lives including those during bereavement. In this guest article, Lisa Lund of the National Bereavement Service gives advice on how to best use social media to offer support, mourn, express grief and remember loved ones.

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Tale of a hidden hero

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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All of our cases have a human story behind what may look like dry genealogical detail. Every life has its interest; its relationships, happinesses and setbacks. Case manager Hannah Horton was particularly intrigued by a recent case which revealed an intrepid tale of wartime daring and adventure.

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Fraudulent wills and probate fraud in England & Wales

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Probate fraud can take many different forms. In some cases executors or administrators ignore directions in a valid will to misappropriate assets. In other cases the will is fraudulently modified by various means. This article discusses these methods and what to look out for. It concludes with brief advice about contesting a fraudulent will.

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