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Latest Probate News

Probate News is a regulatory update produced by ICAEW's professional standards team. Here you’ll find the latest probate technical guidance and best practice information. We email the firm’s probate compliance partner or head of legal practice when a new issue of Probate News is available.


LeO Mythbusters article - beneficiaries

Legal Ombudsman 29-10-2020

The Legal Services Ombudsman has published a Mythbusters feature on beneficiaries. The article looks more closely at beneficiaries: who they are, how they fit into the complaints process, and how LeO investigate these complaints.

Transparency: Room for improvement?


We published our Best Practice Guide to Price and Service Transparency in June 2020 and will review take-up of the Guide this autumn.

Fee consultation reminder


Just a reminder that our 2020 fee consultation is open. The closing date for responses is 31 August.

Video - witnessed wills to be made legal


The Government is to legalise the remote witnessing of wills in England and Wales – making it easier for people to record their final wishes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest issues of Probate News

Probate News 17 - August 2021


This issue contains two new consultations relating to changes to the Probate Regulations and requesting feedback on ICAEW’s reserved legal services strategy. It also contains an update from HMCTS on improvements to its online portal and information about transparency next steps.

Probate News 16 - March 2021


Issue 16 of Probate news covers Probate accreditation, 2021 diversity survey, Best Practice Guide and more information on the HMCTS update.

Probate News 15 - February 2021


This update contains new webinar resources to help your firm carry out its 2021 diversity survey and transparency updates. As well as advice on clients money accounts and updates from HMCTS.

Probate News 14 - October 2020


This issue contains an update on the probate applications process, information on the 2021 probate diversity survey and helpful tips on how to avoid common client complaints.

Probate News 13 - July 2020


Issue 13 contains an update on guidance for banks, new FAQs from HM Courts and Tribunals Service and a reminder to prepare early for your personal indemnity insurance renewal.

Probate News 12 - March 2020


This issue includes an update on online applications from HMCTS, new forms to replace the Statement of Truth and information on the best ways to contact us during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Probate News 11 - October 2019


This issue provides an update on the Government’s proposed probate fee increase, an update from HM Courts and Tribunals Service on recent delays and Brexit resources.

Probate News 10 - July 2019


Read this issue to find out the results of the 2019 probate diversity survey and for the latest regulatory updates.

Probate News 9 - April 2019


In this issue, we highlight a temporary process which is in place for probate and remind our firms of the upcoming final deadlines for the probate diversity survey.

Probate News 8 - March 2019


Welcome to probate news issue 8, where we confirm the result of ICAEW’s application to register firms for a further five reserved legal services.

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Marketing your services: Are you covering the basics?


It may sound obvious, but we find a surprising number of firms do not publicise the probate and estate administration services they provide on their websites. We strongly recommend separating out these services to help increase awareness that you can help with probate.