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Bereaved families face hike in probate fees

New proposals to increase the cost of settling a deceased’s estate could put bereaved families out of pocket, say legal experts. Current rules involve executors paying a fixed fee of £215 (or £155 if a solicitor is involved) to obtain a grant of representation – commonly called a grant of probate

Lawyers achieve step diplomas

Solicitors Chelsea Martin and Edward Allen have completed The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma in Trusts and Estates, a mark of excellence in private client work. Chelsea and Edward are members of the private client unit at Langleys Solicitors. The STEP Diploma demonstrates a high level of understanding

Edward Allen joins Langleys’ private client team

Langleys Solicitors in York has appointed Edward Allen as an assistant solicitor in its private client unit. Edward joins Langleys from Sandersons Solicitors in Beverley where he worked for two years in its private client practice. Prior to this, he trained and qualified at Kuit Steinart Levy, Manchester. Edward said: “Langleys is

Law firm blazing a trail with new accreditation

Langleys Solicitors has been awarded accreditation by the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). It is the first law firm in York and North Yorkshire – and only the 21st nationally - to achieve the best practice quality mark, which sets service standards to ensure transparency in process, costs

Harrogate law firm boosts trust law division

A Raworths solicitors has joined two colleagues in being admitted to full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Stephanie Pennington has completed the rigorous examination process over a period of four years and joins Raworths solicitors Maureen Gilroy-Thomas and Kate Maybury in full membership of STEP. Stephanie’s specialisms

Top professional qualification for probate solicitor

A Harrogate probate solicitor  has been awarded full membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) is a worldwide professional association which promotes education and high professional standards among its members. It conducts rigorous examinations over a four year period before admitting practitioners

New associate joins Clarion’s private client team

Leeds law firm Clarion has appointed Laura Foley as an associate in its private client team. Before joining Clarion, Laura gained experience with Gordons LLP in Leeds where she was a trainee solicitor working in the private client team. Prior to that, she spent two years as a senior sales negotiator