Online Probate Service opens up

The Probate Service will now accept personal applications online, providing they meet certain criteria. The Probate Service has said the online application form will continue to be developed to cover a broader range of probate applications in the future. Personal applications can be made online if only one executor is applying, if there is an

Divorce and the Bitcoin

The digital currency, Bitcoin, will be considered like any other asset in divorce proceedings in England and Wales. According to as Bitcoin, like stocks will fluctuate, the value of Bitcoin to be considered in the proceedings would have to be determined by a judge. This valuation is likely to be made for the point

Cost of divorce hits £14,500

According to a new report, the average cost of a marital breakdown is £14,500. Aviva’s Family Finances report found that the cost of divorce has increased 17% since 2014 when divorces in the UK cost, on average, £12,432. Aviva added that increases to legal bills were partly behind the rising divorce costs seen in recent

Divorce searches increase online in January

According to research by divorce support service Amicable, over 40,500 people will search “divorce” online in January. The figures further reveal that the cost of divorce to the taxpayer is rising and currently costs each adult £1,820. A distinct increase in online searches for divorce can also be seen in data provided by Google Trends, which shows

Louise Redknapp granted divorce

Louise Redknapp has divorced former footballer husband Jamie in a hearing which lasted  25 seconds by a judge who said she could not “reasonably be expected” to live with him. Judge Ian Mulkis granted a divorce decree at a hearing in the Central Family Court in London following a 19 year marriage. Neither Mr Redknapp nor

Immigration solicitor banned

A solicitor whose firm ran a series of immigration claims for judicial review with no prospect of success has been struck off. According to the Law Gazette, Azfar Naseem Bajwa, principal of east London firm A Bajwa & Co, misled clients into thinking they had a prospect of success in cases which he knew could

Benefit cheat claimed £55,000

A benefit cheat falsely claimed over £55,000 whilst simultaneously receiving money from her husband every month. Newport Crown Court heard Sharon Calder, 57, had falsely claimed £55,444.43 in benefits including income support, housing benefit, and council tax benefit from around 2009. Calder had also received around £68,000 in inheritance. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)