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Probate Practitioner's Handbook, 8th Edition


Wills and probate

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17 April 2018

The Law Society



Probate Practitioner's Handbook, 8th Edition

Editor: General Editor: Lesley King


Also available in EPUB

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 eigth edition has been comprehensively updated by leading experts to take account of developments relating to:

  • money Laundering Regulations, including the requirements of the Trusts Registration Service
  • probate disputes and Inheritance Act claims including the implications of the supreme court decision in Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others
  • inheritance tax including implications of the new residence nil rate band for those administering estates
  • the new Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 and the procedure for declarations of death under the Presumption of Death Act 2013
  • proposed changes to probate fees.

New chapters have been written to cover two increasingly important areas:

  • the obligations of personal representatives in relation to digital assets
  • dealing with foreign assets, domicile and residence issues.

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


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;
21. Accounting and distributing;
22. Probate practice checklists; Appendices.

About the Editor

Professor Lesley King is a well known and respected commentator and lecturer on private client matters. Lesley is an authoritative and clear communicator, with a number of publications to her credit.