2017 Guide to Death, Dependants & Distributions

1 CPD Hour - £18

Competency/Learning Objective - Legal knowledge and skills

The Presumption of Death Act 2013 and the Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 both came into force on 1 October 2014.

The 2013 Act provides a single, statutory mechanism for obtaining a certificate of presumed death, thus allowing a missing person’s family to obtain a grant of probate in a simpler and speedier manner than previously existed.

The 2014 Act made substantial changes to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the rules as to intestate successions and the powers of trustees under sections 31 and 32 Trustee Act 1925.

Once you have completed this course, you will know:

  • the new rules as to intestate succession

  • the various ways in which eligibility to make a claim under the 1975 Act has been enhanced

  • how mutual dependency is now to be approached

  • the new powers which are available to trustees in relation to maintenance and advancement

  • the new procedure for obtaining a certificate of presumed death

About the Author:

Richard Quenby was called to the Bar in 1985, specialising in landlord and tenant, commercial property and insolvency work. Subsequently, he spent more than 6 years as the Principal Professional Support Lawyer in the Real Estate Division of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, worked as a Professional Support Lawyer at DWF LLP and is now a Supervisory Lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner. Richard has also worked as a freelance writer, tutor and lecturer. His published articles have appeared in Estates Gazette, Property Week, Legal Week and The Lawyer. He is a co-author of "Flat Schemes in Residential and Mixed Use Developments", published by Bloomsbury Publishing and a member of the Consultant Editorial Board of LexisPSL. He is also the author of a number of other courses for LegalTraining. Richard can be found on LinkedIn here.

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