Legacy Issues

Probate delays and online probate service: An update

In our Spring e-bulletin Kerry Rogers reported on the significant delays being experienced in the issue of grants of probate. It was hoped that these delays would be short-lived and although there are still delays there does appear to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Michael Culver, Chairman of Solicitors for the Elderly recently attended a meeting with HMCTS and has reported the following main points:

Order of joint deaths and succession of property

Scarle v Scarle [2019] EWHC 2224 (Ch)


An elderly couple, John and Ann Scarle, were found dead in their family home on 11 October 2016. Pathologists concluded that the most likely cause of death in each case was hypothermia, however, they were unable to establish the dates on which either died. The body of Anne Scarle was found significantly more decomposed than that of John Scarle, leading to suggestions that Anne Scarle may have died first.

Stone King's Annual Legacy Conference - London - 13.11.2019

​Join us for our annual Legacy Conference, in which our Charity Legacy Team will review some of the current challenges that are arising in respect to the legal areas around legacies.

Further information on topics and speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Date and Location

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Farmers and Fletchers in the City
3 Cloth Street


9.30am - 4.30pm

Followed by drinks and canapés reception.


To be confirmed shortly.


£90 inc. VAT

Organisation discount price of £55 (inc. VAT) per delegate when 3 or more delegates from the same organisation book at the same time. Please contact events@stoneking.co.uk for your discount code.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

The South Korean Legislature appoints Stone King to advise on charity legacy taxation

Stone King has been appointed to advise the South Korean Legislature on charity legacy taxation in a cross-border context.

Daniel Harris, Partner and Head of Stone King’s International & Cross-Border team, flew to Seoul on June 24 to make a presentation as a keynote speaker at the National Assembly conference hall.

His presentation was later followed by more detailed meetings with government advisors and academics.

“We are honoured to have been invited to advise on such an important issue,” said Daniel.


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