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Finders International : Worldwide beneficiary tracing and associated services

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Law Resources: Trusts and Estates

Law Resources: Wills and Probate

CPR Part 57: Probate and Inheritance  

Publisher: Ministry of Justice  

HMRC: Forms for Probate and Inheritance Tax  

Publisher: HM Revenue & Customs  

HMRC: Inheritance Tax  

Inheritance tax information, forms, and share valuation service.

The Directory: Charity Networks and Information

Law Society Gazette: Charity Explorer  

Includes a directory of charities which appear in the Law Society's Gazette Charity & Appeals Directory and the Law Society's Gazette Easter Legacy Appeals Directory.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals

High Court: Court of Protection  

We make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made (they ‘lack mental capacity’). We are responsible for: deciding whether someone has the mental capacity to make a particular decision for themselves appointing deputies to make ongoing decisions for people who lack mental capacity giving people permission to make one-off decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks mental capacity handling urgent or emergency applications where a decision must be made on behalf of someone else without delay making decisions about a lasting power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and considering any objections to their registration considering applications to make statutory wills or gifts making decisions about when someone can be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act

Probate Service  

Forms part of the Family Division of the High Court. It deals with non-contentious probate business (where there is no dispute about the validity of a will or entitlement to take a grant), and issues grants of probate (when the deceased person left a valid will and an executor is acting), letters of administration with will (when a person has left a valid will but no executor is acting); or letters of administration (usually when there is no valid will). These grants of representation appoint personal representatives to administer the estate.

The Directory: Justice System

Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)  

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance. OPG is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.

The Directory: Law Associations: Lawyers

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)  

For lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work; provides a forum for specialists to exchange experience, know-how and an appreciation of the law and statutes on contentious trust and probate issues.

Law Society Probate Section  

Membership required. Section offers practical help to all solicitors working in the fields of wills, financial planning, trusts, tax planning, Court of Protection, care planning and estate administration.

The Directory: Registers and Records

Family Records  

Government site - central access point to UK wide family records, including births, deaths and marriages, wills, adoption, migration, parish registers, military records and census.

General Register Office for England and Wales  

Official register of births, deaths, marriages and adoptions.

General Register Office for Northern Ireland  

Official register of births, deaths, marriages and adoptions.

General Register Office for Scotland  

Official register of births, deaths, marriages and adoptions.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland  

Aims to identify, preserve and make available Northern Ireland's unique archival heritage and community memory.