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Probate applications continue to suffer severe delays

Back in May 2019, we wrote about how probate registries in England and Wales were suffering from processing delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. We’re now a couple of months down the line and the backlog continues. Therefore, we wanted to provide our clients and business partners with another update.
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Understanding estate administration: A guide for families

on Jun 24, 2019 11:55:18 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Probate
Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks to be considered and completed. These tasks are not always straightforward and can include dealing with difficult legal and tax affairs. We understand that this can make an already difficult time even more stressful. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you understand your responsibilities and options, as well as what needs to be done.
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Over £30million in Bitcoin stolen raising concerns about the safety of cryptocurrency

on Jun 12, 2019 10:45:20 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Digital Assets Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency is digital money that is stored in a virtual wallet and uses encryption techniques to generate currency and verify the transfer of funds. Want to learn more about what cryptocurrency is and how it can impact future inheritances? Read our previous blog post which goes into detail about the digital currency.
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How much tax is payable to HMRC on a deceased person's estate?

on May 29, 2019 10:33:30 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Inheritance Tax
This blog post explores how Inheritance Tax works and which other taxes HMRC applies to a deceased person's estate.
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Breaking traditions and marking historical changes: how the royal baby highlights the importance of planning ahead

on May 20, 2019 10:59:57 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Wills
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle on the 19th of May 2018. Almost one year on, in the early hours of the 6th May 2019 the couple welcomed baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, into the family.
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Probate applications suffer severe processing delays

Probate Registries in England and Wales are currently reporting severe delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. Due to the rollout of a new IT case management system, the process has been dramatically slowed down. This means that it’s taking longer for the Registries to process applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration.  
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HM Courts and Tribunals Service centralisation plan to include closing probate registries

on Apr 24, 2019 2:02:44 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate
According to the Law Society Gazette, the Ministry of Justice plans to close local probate registries and move the work to just one central location in Birmingham. Currently, there are ten remaining regional probate registries in England and Wales and staff have reportedly been informed of plans to scale back operations and shut down the sites in due course.
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The increasing need for end of life care: Can we handle it?

on Apr 17, 2019 12:30:52 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Care
Recently published official statistics from Public Health England revealed that in 2018, there were 10.1 English care home beds for every 100 people aged 75 years and older and 4.9 nursing home beds for every 100 people aged 75+. Both figures show that the trend over the last 5 years is gradually decreasing, resulting in less care and nursing home beds for the older generation.
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Businessman takes £105million worth of cryptocurrency to his grave

on Mar 20, 2019 4:50:31 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency has only become a popular topic of conversation in the last few years so it may come as a surprise to learn that cryptocurrencies have been in existence for over a decade. As cryptocurrency celebrated its 10th birthday, the digital currency hit the headlines as a man died suddenly without sharing his computer password or recovery key.
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