Sharia wills guidance withdrawn by Law Society

November 25, 2014 7 comments

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The Law Society has withdrawn controversial guidance on the drafting of Sharia-compliant wills. Introduced earlier this year, the guidance was designed to assist solicitors working with clients who wished to draw up wills in accordance with traditional Islamic religious law. But the note attracted criticism, with the Lawyers’ Secular Society (LSS) claiming that it concerned…

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Professional vs homemade wills

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October 16, 2014 0 comments

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Wills are supposed to ensure the smooth recognition of a deceased person’s wishes and help their friends and families come to terms with their loss. Buying a will is “fraught with risk and uncertainty”, according to the Legal Ombudsman. In a newly published report, the regulator highlights the absence of regulation – anybody can write…

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‘Sharia endorsement’ removed from guide to drafting wills

July 16, 2014 1 comment

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has removed a reference to Sharia succession rules from its guide to drafting wills following criticism. The SRA is the regulatory body which oversees solicitors in England and Wales. They produce guides for solicitors to follow when dealing with different aspects of the law. In their latest guide to drafting…

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Law Society provides guidance on Sharia wills

March 17, 2014 1 comment

The Law Society has published new guidance for solicitors on the drafting of traditional Islamic wills. In the Islamic world, Sharia law on wills and inheritance varies by county and there are also differences between Sunni and Shia areas. The Law Society guide focuses on majority Sunni practice, examining  the rules on succession and inheritance…

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Supreme Court rules on wills error

February 5, 2014 0 comments

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The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled on an unusual case involving parallel wills signed in error. Marley v Rawlings and Another  concerned a couple who drafted identical wills in 1999. Each will left the entire estate to the other spouse. If that spouse had already died, the estate would instead go to a family friend,…

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