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Published on - Thu, 07 Mar 2019

The cost of a death certificate trebles in price

The price of a getting a death certificate in England and Wales has nearly tripled. Registering a death now costs £11 for each certificate – a jump from just £4 each.

A death certificate is needed by relatives to prove a death to authorities and institutions, such as banks, building societies, investment firms and life assurance companies. Transferring the ownership of shares also requires a death certificate.

 The new mandatory price has been set by the General Register Office, which answers to the Home Office. With more than half a million people dying in England and Wales each year, the price increase is likely to bring in millions of pounds for the government.

The Home Office has defended the move, stating this is the first rise since 2010,however, critics have pointed out that some relatives could need up to 20 certificates to prove to different authorities that their loved one has passed away. Even those whose loved one’s had relatively simple financial affairs could still need 10 certificates, which would increase the bill from £40 to £110.

“This is a financial outlay that many people will struggle to meet, especially those on low incomes”, said Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell & Russell. “It’s another stealth tax the government has introduced to bring in more money when there’s no extra work to justify the increase.”

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Published on - Tue, 26 Feb 2019

Older Persons Advice and Information Fair

Russell & Russell will be attending the Older Persons’ Fair this Friday, the 15th February.

The event, which is being held at Lostock Parish Centre, is aimed at advising older people with a range of questions surrounding health and well-being. It will run from 10am until 1pm and is free to enter.

Other organisations attending include the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, Friends of Horwich memory café, Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Bolton West stroke group and Age UK Bolton.

The fair, which has been put together by Chris Green, MP for Bolton West, is the fourth he has arranged after regularly being approached by his constituents for guidance on organisations that provide support and help on a variety of issues.

Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell & Russell, said: “This is going to be a really useful event for anyone looking for information about services for older people. We’ll be on hand to give advice on wills, probate, estate planning and elderly care and there’ll be lots of other groups and businesses attending that offer support for all manner of things.”

The address for Lostock Parish Centre is Tempest Road, Bolton, BL6 4EL. For more information Chris Green can be contacted on 01942 409 132 or by email at

Published on - Wed, 13 Feb 2019

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Victoria adds more wills and probate skills to Russell & Russell Solicitors

Victoria Marsh, a solicitor in Russell & Russell’s wills and probate department, has gained her Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

STEP is the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations. The accreditation awarded to Victoria demonstrates best practice and professional integrity in her wills and probate work.

Victoria, who works at the firm’s head office in Bolton, joins a number of solicitors at the firm who are accredited to STEP and older client care practices. All Russell & Russell’s probate solicitors are also members of Solicitors for the Elderly, an independent organisation of legal advisers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. The department is a member of Dementia Friends and is accredited to the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) which sets the benchmark for best practice and transparency in the provision of wills and estate planning services.

In addition to its normal probate service, the firm also runs two free legal clinics every week. Members of the public can drop in to the Farnworth office on a Wednesday between 1 – 4pm to discuss any probate or family law matters. Alternatively, the Atherton offers the same service on a Friday between 1pm and 5pm.

Commenting on Victoria’s qualification, Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell & Russell, said: “The STEP accreditation is not easy to attain; it requires a lot of additional work and study on top of holding down a full time job, so all credit to Victoria for achieving it. As a firm, we’re committed to helping everyone who comes through our doors and Victoria’s certification means that she’s appropriately skilled to help our more vulnerable clients.

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Published on - Thu, 07 Feb 2019