Archive for June, 2011

Most people are satisfied with their lawyers’ conduct of probate and will-writing services, according to a survey by the Legal Services Board’s Consumer Panel.

More than 90 per cent of the 2,300 people sampled had no complaints about the quality of their solicitors’ will-drafting services. The satisfaction rating for probate cases was 82 per cent.

Along with conveyancing, these two services represent 70 per cent of legal services used by the general public; some 27 per cent of the LSCP sample had paid for will-writing in the recent past.

But many clients consider solicitors over-charged them for their services. Only 56 per cent of the survey’s respondents (of whom 1,114 had paid for legal services within the last two years) felt they had obtained good value for money. And only around half of them expected consumer rights law to protect them when buying legal services.

– STEP Journal

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“The extensive powers now available to HM Revenue & Customs pose a serious financial risk to lay executors who make honest mistakes when getting a house valued”, commented STEP chief executive David Harvey. “That is yet another reason why personal representatives should retain a qualified practitioner to help them administer an estate of significant value or complexity.”

Last year HM Revenue & Customs challenged nearly ten thousand probate valuations of land, raising an extra GBP70 million of inheritance tax charges.

The exact number of disputed valuations was 9,368, according to official figures. Where a challenge was brought, the resulting re-valuation raised the house’s estimated value by GBP24,600, say tax advisers UHY Hacker Young.

But HMRC’s new enforcement powers are also encouraging it to crack down on alleged under-valuations for probate. The agency is now asking personal representatives how much care they took when getting an independent valuation. The implication, says UHY, is that penalties may follow where “reasonable care” was not taken with the valuation. If HMRC decide it was not, the estate and its beneficiaries could end up having to pay penalties of 30 to 100 per cent of the additional tax liability, on top of the additional tax due. This could be a considerable sum for some estates with a relatively small cash component, says UHY tax partner Mark Giddens.

Estate administrators are advised to get several probate valuations, usually including one professional survey. But that may not satisfy HMRC, who consider that the PR also has a duty to draw the valuer’s attention to specific features of the property that may affect its price.

WE Solicitors has met the strict criteria set out by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) to gain corporate accreditation status. The firm can now display the APIL logo as a mark of its expertise and dedication to finding justice for people injured through no fault of their own.

Steven Evans, Managing Partner who has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers said “We’re very proud to be recognised by APIL in this way,”

“When someone is suffering with an injury or work related illness they can feel incredibly vulnerable and may have little knowledge of the personal injury system. It’s comforting for them to know their lawyer has credentials and abides by APIL’s code of conduct, which means their pursuit of fair redress will be handled with the utmost professionalism.”

  • The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for more than 20 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s 5,000 + member lawyers (mainly solicitors, barristers and legal executives) are dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice, and improving the services provided for victims of personal injury.
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