Potential Areas for Fraud in Probate

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Course Overview

Genuine mistakes and human error are two perfectly rational explanations for the strange goings on which can sometimes occur during the probate process, yet while it is acknowledged that the vast majority of probate cases are dealt with honestly, fraud is a danger which private client practitioners must be vigilant to avoid.

During this course experienced private client practitioner and lecturer Sue Ionannou will provide delegates with an overview of the probate process and will identify the potential areas of fraud which you need to be aware of.

Detailed guidance on how to recognise the warning signs of potential fraudulent activity and the safeguards which you can put into place within your own practice will also be discussed during this vital one hour course.

What are the requirements?

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Fully understand the probate process and how this operates in practice
    • Be familiar with the different forms types of Grants of Representation including Grants of Probate, Grants of Letters of Administration and Grant of Letters of Administration (with Will annexed)
    • Be aware of who can apply for a Grant, how to apply for a Grant and the post-Grant process
    • Be able to recognise the potential areas for fraud in the probate process
    • Be able to identify the warning signs of potentially fraudulent activity
    • Be familiar with the possible safeguards which you can put in place to combat fraud
    • Know what to do if you suspect fraudulent activity

What is the target audience?

  • Private client practitioners



About Instructor - Sue Ioannou

Sue is the owner and managing director of A.R.T. Training and Consultancy Services Ltd which specialises in identifying, developing and delivering training solutions for corporate and personal clients. This includes drafting Wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advising clients on all aspects of estate planning including taxation advice- Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains and Income Tax- personal and trust taxation.

Having been manager of the London Probate Office for 10 years (1992-2002) and Training Manager for the Probate Service for a further 5 years (2002-2007) Sue has an extensive knowledge of Probate Practice and Procedures. 

Sue is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a training officer for the Institute of Professional Willwriters and a member of the Chartered Management Institute. In addition, Sue has also produced the following publications on behalf of the IPW ‘A Basic Guide to Will Writing’ and ‘A Basic Guide to Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney’. 

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

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