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  • 30/03/2020

    PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY FROM FRAUD

    If your property is registered, you should consider signing up to HM Land Registry’s free Property Alert service to help protect your property from fraud. Property fraud is where fraudsters try to “steal” a property, most commonly by pretending to be the legal owner and selling or mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge. Since September 2009, HM Land Registry has prevented 254 fraudulent applications being registered, representing properties valued in excess of £117m. Using this service a property owner can monitor their own registered property, or even the property of a relative (you do not have to own a property to set up an alert) and can choose up to 10 properties to monitor. Anyone registering with the service will receive email alerts when there is certain...
  • 30/03/2020

    PROBATE MYTHS

    There are a number of myths in circulation surrounding the Probate process and the purpose of this update is to put some of those myths to bed. Myth #1 – Probate only takes a few weeks to deal with Nothing could be further from the truth, particularly at the moment! In most cases, it will be several weeks or even months before sufficient information has been collected in order to be in a position to apply for the Grant of Probate. Once the Grant has been obtained it can often take a long time for assets to be collected in and sold and there may be claims against the Estate or tax issues to deal with. Further, there are currently VERY long delays at the Probate Registry. As a result, it is not unusual for the whole process to take up to a year and longer in some instances. Myth #2 – A “reading...