|Future is bright for town's solicitors firm dating back to 1790 following expansion|
|Suffolk-based law firm Sprake & Kingsley is pleased to announce the expansion of its property team
with the appointment of associate solicitor Clare Gissing.
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Website by The Department for Work and Pensions to claim underpaid state pensions for next of kin
After pressure from campaigners, DWP has produced a user-friendly website to be used by the next of kin
of those who believe that a deceased family member was underpaid state pension.
This comes too late to benefit the person who was underpaid but at least their family will receive some
compensation for the error.
It’s estimated that around 134,000 people had been underpaid and are owed around £1bn. By the time the
issue had been discovered, many of these people had died.
Until now there has been no easy way for those who believe their deceased family member was underpaid
to make sure DWP had their contact details and knew who to pay, in the event of an error being found.
Law Society warns home buyers about risk of payment diversion fraud
The Law Society of England and Wales, along with the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), has issued
flyers warning home buyers of the risk of payment diversion fraud.
Fraudsters have targeted property purchases and defrauded victims out of hundreds and thousands of
pounds by using spoofed email accounts and ‘tricking people into transferring over their house deposit
and /or the balance of purchase monies to them.’
The frauds almost always involve the criminals pretending to be the victim’s lawyer to con them into
diverting their payment to an account the crooks control.
See the flyer in full here
Refund of Deputyship fees
On 4 October 2019 the Ministry of Justice launched a new refund scheme.
The Office of the Public Guardian has decided that it needs to refund some of the fees it charged in
deputyship matters for the period 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.
Some refunds will be issued automatically and some will need to be applied for, e.g. by the deputy
themselves or executors in an estate.
Further details can be found;