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Grant of probate delays caused by IT problems

Computer software problems at probate registries across England and Wales are causing long delays to people trying to obtain grants of probate and letters of administration. Applications for probate are usually processed within 10 days, but solicitors and their clients have been left facing delays of four to eight weeks. The Ministry of Justice explained […]

21st May 2019 David Birchall


Ryan Yates joins the team at Beswicks

Experienced sales and marketing professional Ryan Yates has joined the team at Beswicks Legal and Beswicks Sports taking on the role of group commercial director. Ryan joins Beswicks from Netbiz Group, where he was managing director, bringing with him a wealth of commercial experience at an operational level with core strengths in sales and marketing. […]


Five top tips on settlement agreements

Formerly known as a compromise agreement, settlement agreements are used to bring employment to an end on mutually agreed terms. They often involve payment of ‘compensation’ by the employer, on the basis that the employee won’t bring any claims against them

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Majority of people unaware of the risks of using unregulated will-writers

Six out of 10 people are completely unaware that will-writers in the UK are unregulated, leaving consumers with no protection at all. By having a will written by a qualified solicitor, however, people can be sure of their adviser's professional credentials and the body that regulates the services that they provide.


First-time buyers' reliance on 'bank of mum and dad' could exempt them from stamp duty relief.

Many first-time buyers need to accrue significant savings and parental contributions in addition to a mortgage to begin their property ownership journey. But relying on the ‘bank of mum and dad’ can create problems with first-time buyer Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief.

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