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Probate Practitioner's Handbook


Wills and probate

Out of stock

1 May 2015

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
508 pages

Probate Practitioner's Handbook
7th edition

Editor: General Editor: Lesley King


This is the printed version of Probate Practitioner's Handbook. The eBook version (EPUB) of Probate Practitioner's Handbook is also available.

The Probate Practitioner's Handbook is a well-established and popular guide to good practice for solicitors' firms that undertake probate and estate administration work.

This new seventh edition has been comprehensively updated by leading experts to take account of developments such as:

  • the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014
  • the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013
  • case law on mental capacity and rectification of wills
  • the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Protocol
  • changes to tax law.

New chapters have been written to cover:

  • the interpretation and rectification of wills
  • the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Protocol
  • taking instructions, client care, costs and complaints
  • client care and costs
  • post-death variations.

Features such as checklists, precedents, case commentaries and examples enhance the book's usefulness to practitioners.


Notes on contributors;
Table of cases;
Table of statutes;
Table of statutory instruments;
Table of international instruments;

Part I: Probate and the professional rules;
1. Wills and Inheritance Protocol;
2. Taking instructions;
3. Client care;
4. Non-contentious costs;
5. Complaints;
6. Financial services and money laundering;
7. SRA Accounts Rules 2011.

Part II: Probate, wills and the law;
8. The Law on wills and succession: a review;
9. Revocation and revival of wills;
10. Interpretation and rectification of wills;
11. Time for probate;
12. Appointing guardians of children;
13. Probate and benefits;
14. Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
15. Contentious probate.

Part III: Practical probate;
16. Inheritance tax;
17. Varying the disposition of an estate;
18. Probate problems;
19. Accounting and distributing;
20. Probate practice checklists.

Appendices; Index.

About the Editor

Professor Lesley King is professional development consultant of the University of Law and the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society's Gazette. She writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.