HMCTS – Normal probate service should be restored soon

24th Oct 2019
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HMCTS – Normal probate service should be restored soon

24th Oct 2019

HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has announced in a recent update that the backlog of probate grant applications is beginning to fall. With more grants of probate now being issued each week than the number of applications received.

HMCTS says it is optimistic that service will return to normal routine ‘very shortly’, in which grants to solicitors are issued within ten working days.

Through the summer we were experiencing delays, of up to 12 weeks, in receiving the grants.

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Controversial probate fee increase proposal has been scrapped

14th Oct 2019
Robert Buckland, the Secretary of State for Justice, has announced that the huge increase in … ...
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Controversial probate fee increase proposal has been scrapped

14th Oct 2019

Robert Buckland, the Secretary of State for Justice, has announced that the huge increase in probate fees proposed under the former Prime Minister Theresa May has been scrapped.

The increase would have charged probate applicants up to £6000 depending on the value of the estate. Currently there is a flat fee of £155, if the application is made through of solicitor, or £215 for personal applications.

Buckland has announced the he has decided that the policy was not ‘fair and proportionate’. The related statutory instrument, which has for months been awaiting parliamentary approval, will be withdrawn. Instead, the next annual review of court fees will consider making small adjustments to cover the costs of probate applications.

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OPG publishes new safeguarding guidance

25th Jul 2019
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has issued guidance for … ...
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OPG publishes new safeguarding guidance

25th Jul 2019

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has issued guidance for how to get help if you have concerns that someone is being abused or neglected under a lasting power of attorney, enduring power of attorney or deputy court order.

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Pavilion Row receives STEP Employer Partner accreditation

31st Mar 2019
Pavilion Row has been reaccredited as a STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Employer … ...
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Pavilion Row receives STEP Employer Partner accreditation

31st Mar 2019

Pavilion Row has been reaccredited as a STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Employer Partner after first receiving the accreditation in 2016.

STEP is the worldwide body in the area of Trust and Estate planning. The accreditation recognises Pavilion Row as an employer that encourages continuous learning and professional development, and supports its employees in developing their knowledge, skills and expertise.

Angus Houston, managing director at Pavilion Row, said: “We believe all clients should receive highly qualified and knowledgeable advice. STEP and the accreditation provides us with the platform to support our staff in growing and developing their knowledge so that they, in return, can give clients the best possible advice.

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We have moved!

30th Aug 2018
To enable us to deal with our growth and expansion of the team we have … ...
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We have moved!

30th Aug 2018

To enable us to deal with our growth and expansion of the team we have moved our offices to Forest Business Park in Fulford, York

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Pavilion Row appoints two new Directors

1st Mar 2018
Pavilion Row is delighted to announce  two new appointments to the team; Lorna Jessop as director … ...
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Pavilion Row appoints two new Directors

1st Mar 2018

Pavilion Row is delighted to announce  two new appointments to the team; Lorna Jessop as director and Head of Finance, and Jenny Slater as director and Head of Legal Practice.

Lorna is a Chartered Accountant and has been working with us in a financial capacity for some time. The new role will see Lorna taking on the regulated aspects regarding finance.

Jenny is a solicitor and a full member of STEP. Originally from the South West, Jenny has recently moved to Yorkshire. She has many years’ experience in both large and smaller firms including setting up an ABS for a financial adviser firm. In Jenny’s capacity as Head of Legal she will be responsible for leading the legal team through our next level of growth whilst maintaining Pavilion Row’s ethos for the delivery and quality of our client service.

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Refund Available on OPG Court Fees

5th Feb 2018
Back in July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced … ...
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Refund Available on OPG Court Fees

5th Feb 2018

Back in July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) had been over charging court fees for registration of Power of Attorneys and that the overpaid fees would be refunded.

MoJ have now published details of the refund scheme;

Anyone who registered their Power of Attorneys (LPA or EPA) between the 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 is entitled to a refund.

Only the donor (person who has made the power of attorney) or an attorney can apply for the refund.

It is a straight forward process that can be done online, click here for details. You will only need address and date of birth details for you and one of your attorneys along with your bank details for where you wish the refund to be paid into.

 

 

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Pavilion Row has become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS)

1st Feb 2018
Pavilion Row has today, 1st February 2018,  become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licenced and … ...
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Pavilion Row has become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS)

1st Feb 2018

Pavilion Row has today, 1st February 2018,  become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licenced and regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

Angus Houston, Managing Director of Pavilion Row, said “Our new ABS status is a significant milestone in the growth of the business. We continue to offer advice based legal services for wills, powers of attorney and probate / estate administration and ensure that all our advisers are STEP qualified which means that they are recognised as some of the most experienced and qualified individuals in this area of work. The ABS status adds to this by giving further protection to our customers through the Legal Ombudsman and a compensation fund.

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Proposed probate court fees increase – scrapped for now!

21st Apr 2017
In a surprise U-turn last night the Ministry of Justice have scrapped for now the … ...
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Proposed probate court fees increase – scrapped for now!

21st Apr 2017

In a surprise U-turn last night the Ministry of Justice have scrapped for now the proposed increase in probate fees. They have stated that there is not enough time for the proposed legislation to go through parliament ahead of the general election.

Nothing has been said as yet on whether scheme will be brought back if the government are re-elected.

Further Reading:
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Are you interested in becoming a Dementia Friend?

25th Jan 2017
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of … ...
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Are you interested in becoming a Dementia Friend?

25th Jan 2017

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

Our colleague Dawn, is a trained Dementia Friends Champion volunteer. As a volunteer she runs free 1 hour information sessions where people learn some key messages about dementia and commit to turning understanding into action. In our commitment to support Dawn and the Dementia Friends initiative we are now running regular Dementia Friends training sessions from our offices.

The sessions are open to all and the next session will be at 9.00 am on Friday 17th February.

If you are interested in attending, you can book the session via the Dementia Friends website or alternatively contact us.

If there are several of you who wish to attend a session then it maybe possible to run the training at your offices. Please contact Dawn directly to discuss this.

Further sessions will be arranged, so if you can’t attend on the 17th then please register your interest with us and we will inform you of new dates.

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New STEP adviser joins the Pavilion Row team

17th Jan 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dawn … ...
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New STEP adviser joins the Pavilion Row team

17th Jan 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dawn Plant has joined our team as a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).

Dawn has 15 years’ experience working in private client law and as well as a full member of STEP she is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Dementia Friends Champion.

Having started with us in November she has already brought many benefits to our clients and introducers through her extensive experience dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trust and Estate Administration.

As a Dementia Champion Dawn has a passion for Dementia care and also has tremendous practical knowledge and experience dealing with the workings of the Court of Protection and Powers of Attorney.

See our team here.

 

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Angus shares his views on regulation

17th Nov 2016
For sometime now there has been on going debate discussing the pros and cons of … ...
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Angus shares his views on regulation

17th Nov 2016

For sometime now there has been on going debate discussing the pros and cons of regulation in the Will industry with the Legal Services Board commissioning a number of research projects looking at this area.  Angus shares his views on this topic in the STEP journal this month, read the article here.

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