Family Court approves Practice Direction for STEP Standard Provisions

28 Feb, 2013

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is pleased to announce that a Practice Direction has now been issued by the Senior District Judge of the Family Division for the STEP Standard Provisions second edition.

The STEP Standard Provisions provide an easy way for will-drafting professionals in England and Wales to incorporate provisions that are common in almost all wills.

The second edition, published in October 2011, represented the first change to the provisions since they were first published in 1992.  They were redrafted to respond to changes in the law and to highlight the distinction between those provisions that are common to almost all wills, and those provisions – now known in the document as the Special Provisions – that are either more contentious or require more careful explanation and may therefore not be appropriate in every case.

The Senior District Judge of the Family Division issued the Practice Direction on 30 January 2013 enabling the incorporation of the STEP Standard Provisions second edition into wills by reference.

Author of the guidance notes to the STEP Standard Provisions second edition, Toby Harris TEP (pictured), said: ‘The issue of this Practice Direction is wonderful news and is the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people.

‘These provisions have given practitioners an extra facility to make the drafting of wills and trust deeds simple and cost effective.

‘Will-drafting practitioners have been eagerly awaiting this news and we at STEP look forward to the growing use of these provisions, where the circumstances of the client are appropriate, across England and Wales.’

For further information, please refer to the STEP Standard Provisions webpage: www.step.org/provisions

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