24th April - Law News

1943rd Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's video story: Giselle Cycowicz's father was murdered in the Holocaust - his name is part of a project hoping to identify all Jewish victims.What about other victims of Nazi brutality?

Focus of the day story: Probate lawyers have welcomed the government’s decision to drop its plans to hike probate court fees from £155 to as much as £20,000 for larger estates. The proposal, first announced in February 2016, would have increased the fee from £155 (if done by a solicitor) or £215 (without a solicitor) to a figure on a sliding scale of between £300 and £20,000, depending on the size of the estate. It was to raise about £300m for the courts and tribunals. However, the proposal came under fire from practitioners, professional bodies, charities, judges and members of the public, with probate lawyers arguing it would no longer be a fee for managing an administrative process but a tax on a person’s wealth at death. Full story - New Law Journal

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