LAW2021 Online: Wills and Probate (Spring)

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Expires after 30 days

Professor Lesley King & John Thurston

CPD Hours: 6


Professor Lesley King & John Thurston present LAW2021 Online: Wills and Probate (Spring) which will update you on topics for Solicitors in practice without leaving your desk and at a time to suit you. The content is available to view for 30 days from booking.

This event was launched on 30th March - now available as a recording and includes:

  • A high quality 4 x 1 hour pre-recorded video and audio broadcast (topic titles are listed below)
  • Q&A – a live 1-hour Q&A session with our speakers recorded in April and now available as a recording. This “Shape The Debate” is your opportunity to hear our experts answering attendee questions on both the pre-recorded content and general day to day Probate issues
  • LAW2021 Online: Wills and Probate (Summer) online exhibition – you can gain an additional hour of CPD via a choice of webinar from our Webinar Learning Library worth £35 +VAT.

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Wills and Probate education sessions include:-

1. Private Client Update

Presented by Professor Lesley King

This session will provide a review of current issues in Private Client Practice. 2020 was not easy for anyone. This session will focus on avoiding problems and pitfalls.

It will include:

  • The uses and limitations of post-death variations
  • The latest on BPR
  • Where are we with probate application
  • Good practice on video-witnessed wills
  • Registering trusts and estates following implementation of the 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive

2. Property Issues for Private Client Practitioners

Presented by Professor Lesley King

There are a number of areas where property issues affect private client practitioners, particularly in the administration of estates and trusts. In this session we cannot look at all of them but will consider:

CGT issues

  • CGT and PRS
  • Simple and complex estates
  • The new rules on accelerated payment
  • Saving CGT by appropriating assets

Stamp Duty Land Tax issues

  • SDLT and estates
  • Lifetime gifts and the additional rate
  • Lifetime gifts and ’First Time Buyers’ relief (temporarily suspended)

3. Elderly Clients and Care Home Fees

Presented by John Thurston

As we are all aware, the Government is considering how care for people in their own homes and care home fees should be funded. This course will consider any new proposals made by the government, but whatever is proposed. clients will seek advice about transferring assets to children to avoid care home fees.

Can it be done? If so what can be transferred, and when and how?

The course will consider:

  • What are the chances of finishing up in a care home?
  • When does the Health authority have to pay?
  • What capital assets will not be taken into account?
  • Deprivation of capital
  • What a local authority can do if there has been deprivation of capital
  • What advice should be given to clients concerned about care home fees
  • Effectiveness of asset protection trusts

4. Lasting Powers of Attorney

Presented by John Thurston

Lasting powers of attorney have been around for some years, but continue to cause problems to practitioners. How do you deal with a client suffering from dementia or who has had a stroke? Are health and welfare lasting powers a good idea? Can an attorney make use of the lifetime exemptions from IHT? How do you deal with an attorney who is misbehaving?

Topics will include:

  • Basic principles enshrined in the Mental Capacity Act
  • The test for capacity and its effect on the tests for capacity to make wills and lifetime gifts;
  • Gifts:
  • Revocation and cancellation of lasting powers - what to do if an attorney is not acting properly;
  • Trustees and delegation by lasting powers - can co-owners delegate their powers?
  • Recent cases.

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We have trialled the format at previous online conferences, and we are overwhelmed with the feedback we have received from making our face-to-face events possible online. Comments we have received so far include:

"The whole experience was valuable, and communication has been really first class" - General Advisor

"I wanted to say how much I valued receiving and sharing the Online webinar. I felt it was very helpful and very interesting for you to allow all legal practitioners to participate. Thank you for all the extra information and resources, I look forward to the next." - Solicitor in practice

"The world of law is in constant flux and the speakers update on recent developments will be extremely helpful going forward (as they ever are!)" - Solicitor/Director

"I have never attended a similar event but I definitely would again" - Partner

"A good way to access training at a time to suit you, the online course is as effective as attending in person." - Associate Solicitor