Insights

April 2, 2024

The Buying Behaviours You Need to Start Catering For

Millennials have very different buying behaviours when compared to their Baby Boomer parents. They’re so different in fact, that they’re actively changing the shape o...

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March 28, 2024

How Can Arken Legal’s Software Help Protect Your Organisation Against Contentious Claims

7 ways Arken Legal’s industry-leading estate planning software can help protect your organisation.

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March 12, 2024

Advance Decisions: Understanding their Growing Importance

Our market is forever evolving and one area that is gaining increased attention is Advance Decisions – also known as Living Wills.  

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March 11, 2024

Selling Your Estate Planning Firm? Here’s 5 Ways in Which Technology Can Help Boost Your Valuation.

The legal sector is on a digital transformation journey and for partners who own or manage law firms, embracing technology not only enhances operational efficiency but it...

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March 5, 2024

Are Today’s Processes Fit For Tomorrow’s Clients? Original Research by Arken Legal

65% of beneficiaries will inherit over £200,000, so they’re going to need support and estate plans of their own. Yet only 23% of estate planning professionals have...

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March 4, 2024

What do We Want, Instant Gratification. When do We Want it? Now.

We live in a world where for organisations to thrive, they now need to satisfy us, immediately. Read more.

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February 26, 2024

The Popular Hotchpot Clause, Where to Find it & How to Use it

Hotchpot literally means ‘a mixture of property.’ The concept of hotchpot has existed since the 12th century and its purpose is to ensure the fair distribution betwee...

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February 22, 2024

If it’s Not Equal Shares for Beneficiaries, should you Request a Mental Capacity Test?

According to a report run by The Financial Times, the rise in asset prices coupled with an increase in cases of dementia are the reasons behind the uptick in inheritance ...

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February 14, 2024

Severance of Joint Tenancy – The Third Most Popular Document in Arken Professional

A Severance of Joint Tenancy (SJT) is the third most popular document drafted in Arken Professional, behind Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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February 6, 2024

The Receipt by Minors Clause, How to Add it & the Power That Trustees Have

If you’re putting together a Will where the (or one of) beneficiaries is under the age of 16, you may want to add an administrative provision that allows Trustees to pa...

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December 19, 2023

What Marketing Channels are Your Peers Using in the Next 12 Months? Insights From our Recent Business Quiz 

Read this blog to gain some valuable insights into the marketing plans of professional estate planners.

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December 19, 2023

7 Reasons Why the Future of Instruction Taking is Digital

Digital tools designed for the estate planning industry are getting smarter. There is software available to enhance a significant number of business processes and due to ...

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December 18, 2023

2024 Predictions

As we look ahead to 2024, the landscape of estate planning is set to experience a continuation of familiar challenges, but also a swathe of new opportunities.

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December 11, 2023

Millennials and Estate Planning: Engage This Audience with The Arken Instruction Hub

Millennials, born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s, have grown up in a digital world. From shopping online to managing their finances through apps, they prioritise c...

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November 28, 2023

Press Release: Arken Instruction Hub

Arken Legal, part of the Arken Group of companies, has launched a ground-breaking new platform that digitises the estate planning solicitor’s client interactions. 

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November 6, 2023

Quiz Findings: How Estate Planning Professionals Get New Business

In this blog we explore what our friends in the estate planning space do to generate new business for their department. We’ve crafted 18 carefully thought-out questions...

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October 30, 2023

Cemetery Chronicles: Lessons from Famous Estates and Their Wills

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October 23, 2023

Is Inheritance Gifting Shifting Generational Wealth?

In recent studies conducted by financial institutions like OneFamily and Barclays Wealth, a change in how families handle inheritance has come to light.

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October 16, 2023

Digital Transformation is Here – 8 Tips on Getting Budget for Your Department

Chances are your business has transitioned away from paper archives, and you’re now using Cloud technologies to host the data and software you use.

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October 16, 2023

79% of 18–44-year-olds suffer financial difficulties when paying for the estate administration process.

66% of this age group also reported suffering mental health issues when administering an estate.

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October 12, 2023

Can your clients’ beneficiaries wait 19 weeks?

According to the Council for Licenced Conveyancers, more than 50% of practitioners are waiting more than 19 weeks for an estate to receive a grant of probate.

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October 12, 2023

Estate Planning Software – what is it and is it worth the investment?

Estate planning software is highly specialised software that is used by Private Client Solicitors and professional Will Writers to automate the administration involved in...

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September 25, 2023

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Professional Estate Planners?

The tech industry is a buzz about one thing, artificial intelligence (AI)… again. There’s no doubt it’s come along leaps and bounds since its inception… and the s...

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September 19, 2023

Parliament paves the way for Digital LPAs

Arken applauds the passage of the Powers of Attorney Bill as the first step to a digital revolution in the process for registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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September 11, 2023

Votes are Now Open for Your Industry Champion

The finalists for the British Wills and Probate Industry Champion have been announced and it’s time to get voting! 

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September 11, 2023

4 Trends Around Legacy Gifting for Remember a Charity Week

It’s Remember a Charity Week this week, so we’re looking at some of the trends around charitable gifting in Wills. Read to find out. 

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August 29, 2023

8 Ways to Generate New Business for Your Estate Planning Practice

According to HMRC, during April to July 2023, Inheritance tax receipts hit £2.6 billion. This is £237 million, or 10%, higher than the same period last tax year.

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August 14, 2023

The Unexpected Benefits of Using Will Writing Software

Will drafting software, used by professional estate planners, can offer some unlikely and unexpected benefits that users might not initially anticipate.

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August 7, 2023

The Letter of Wishes – A Mighty Little Document That Shouldn’t be Forgotten

A Letter of Wishes, also known as an Expression of Wishes, intent or guidance letter is an often-underestimated little document.

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August 7, 2023

Major Illnesses are on the Rise, are Living Wills Becoming Essential?

According to a recent study by The Health Foundation, roughly 9 million people in England will be living with major illnesses by 2040.  

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July 17, 2023

Top Tips for Marketing Your Estate Planning Company

Marketing plays a crucial role in the success of any business, including estate planning companies. Effective marketing strategies can help you raise awareness about your...

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July 3, 2023

Top 5 Social Media Tips for an Estate Planning Company

Learn how to use social media to connect with your target audience and enhance your brand awareness.

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May 22, 2023

Arken.legal partners with BePrepared

Arken.legal is excited to announce it’s partnership with BePrepared to create the Arken Vault – an instant solution for handling your clients digital assets.

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April 24, 2023

Blog Series: What We Uncovered from IRN Legal Report’s Research

Blog 2: Target Psychographics, Contested Wills and Digital Adoption. Read to find out more.

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April 19, 2023

Blog Series: What We Uncovered from IRN Legal Report’s Research

Blog 1 – What Do Consumers Want? Read to find out.

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April 11, 2023

Demand for Private Client Services is High. How Can You Achieve More in The Same Time Allotted?

Private Client Solicitors are experiencing high demand right now, many have a client backlog for months! Find out more. 

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April 4, 2023

Inside the Mind of a Legal Advisory Board Member: Tips, Perspectives and Insights

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April 4, 2023

The Interview Series – Episode 1 – Overcoming Adversity with Jade Gani

Wow, what an amazing start to our new Interview Series, our thanks to Jade Gani for taking part. We’d recommend you have a listen and forward this on to your colleagues...

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March 29, 2023

New Inter Vivos Trusts Now Available in Arken Lifetime

We’re delighted to announce the launch of five new Trusts in our Inter Vivos Trust drafting tool, Arken Lifetime. Read to find out more.

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March 13, 2023

The Reasons Why Wills Are Contested

The number of Wills being contested is on the rise. More people are questioning the validity or execution of their loved ones last wishes...find out more.

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February 28, 2023

Streamlining Powers of Attorney – How to Make the Process Less Admin Heavy

The UKs population is ageing and demand for Powers of Attorney and other guardianship advice is on the rise, as well as the demand for Will writing services. Read more

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February 27, 2023

Five Trends in Estate Planning to Look Out For

As we look forward, what trends can we see on the horizon for estate planning professionals? Here’s five we’ve identified.

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February 13, 2023

Only 48% of Estate Planning Professionals Received a Low-Risk Exposure Score

Our Risk Exposure Quiz has produced some interesting results so far. The market is changing, contentious probate claims and cyber-attacks are on the rise. So, amid the ch...

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February 6, 2023

The Power of AI – We Asked ChatGPT Why Solicitors Should Use Will Writing Software…. Here’s What it Said

ChatGPT is a new chatbot, built by Open AI. It was launched in November 2022 and it’s become very popular in a short amount of time. Users can ask it all sorts of quest...

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January 30, 2023

How Will writing software helps you mitigate risk

Will writing software is designed to support the estate planning professional in drafting documentation. It cuts out admin, precedent research, data re-keying and more. L...

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January 25, 2023

Arken Legal Launches Amazing New Referral Scheme

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new referral scheme! We get a lot of referrals from our customers, so we’ve tried to design a scheme that thanks them wh...

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January 24, 2023

£326million Bill for Inheritance Tax Payment Errors

HMRC’s so called ‘snooper computer’ is leading to an increase in bereaved families being investigated for underpaying inheritance tax.  

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December 21, 2022

Arken.legal launches cracker of a Christmas offer

We know things are tough this year and as we enter the Christmas period, we want to try and help everyone have the Christmas they deserve. Which is why we have decided to...

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December 19, 2022

The Grass is Greener, Actually – why switch to Arken

Why switch to Arken.legal, is it time to take stock of upcoming changes… and explore new opportunities…

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November 21, 2022

Younger generation uncomfortable talking about inheritance

A report from The Progeny Group in conjunction with YouGov, found that two thirds of the population intend to pass on wealth to their children or grandchildren, but most ...

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November 16, 2022

The Government want their slice of The Great Wealth Transfer

According to The Financial Times, Jeremy Hunt is planning to run a ‘stealth raid’ on inheritance tax in the Autumn statement on Thursday (17 November), as he tries to...

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November 8, 2022

Why Estate Planning Professionals Should be Concerned about the Great Wealth Transfer

Over the next 30 years, £5.5 trillion will be inherited by Millennials and Generation X. This historic movement of money has been coined as ‘The Great Wealth Transfer...

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October 26, 2022

Strange and Spooky Wishes Left in Wills – A Halloween Special

As experts in the realm of estate planning, you’ll probably have seen or heard tales about some ‘odd things or wishes’ left in a clients Will. Here at Arken, we’v...

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October 25, 2022

The Generation Gap – is it Entitlement or Fighting for Wellbeing?

A recent, international survey by Law.com of 50 partners found that 76% of respondents believe their junior associates are more entitled than they were three years ago. 5...

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October 25, 2022

Are Millennials and Gen Z’s “obsessed with death?”

A whole host of factors seem to be contributing to the Millennial and Gen Z mindset around death. The pandemic, global warming and political and economic uncertainty is p...

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October 11, 2022

Only 10% of estate planning organisations are ‘very efficient’

Arken.legal’s efficiency quiz has found that only 10% of all respondents are ‘very efficient.’ In fact, 69% of respondents were only ‘reasonably efficient’ and ...

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September 27, 2022

The Rise in Inappropriate DNAR Orders

A DNAR (do not attempt resuscitation) notice, aka a DNR or a DNACPR, is a notice placed on a person’s medical record indicating that resuscitation should not be attempt...

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September 26, 2022

Will Writing Software – What Arken.legal’s Clients Have to Say

Will Writing Software purportedly has a wide range of benefits, but rather than list them, why not read what the users themselves have to say. Afterall, who would know be...

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August 15, 2022

How to manage Will precedents and clauses with ease

Managing precedents and clause banks is a time-consuming business which often falls to just one or a few fee earners within an organisation. It can also be costly too, wi...

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August 9, 2022

Can Will Writing Software save you time and money?

Will Writing Software is great for taking away the administrative burden of estate planning. It supports the busy professional in managing precedents, by formatting docum...

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August 2, 2022

Staff spotlight: Kumar Mehta

The Arken team is thrilled to welcome our new Content Developer, Kumar Mehta. Here’s some more information so you can get to know Kumar better…

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July 25, 2022

Why I, (a Private Client Solicitor), wish I’d had Arken’s Will writing software when practicing

When I was a junior solicitor in a private client team, drafting a Will was a daunting business. I wanted to draft the document correctly but without it taking so long th...

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July 18, 2022

Arken launches new management dashboard

Industry leader for private client software, Arken.legal, has launched a new management dashboard for its clients. It boasts a new analytics area, simpler product and use...

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June 28, 2022

LPA delays & how you can support your clients

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported that The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is taking an average of 82 days to register lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) in E...

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May 30, 2022

The key challenges facing estate planning professionals today

The team at Arken have been carrying out a lot of industry research recently. As we build on our understanding of the challenges our clients now face, post pandemic.  

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May 30, 2022

LPAs – Survey reveals misunderstandings and misconceptions

In this blog, we’ve listed our top 5 reasons to have an LPA and 5 common misconceptions about them. We’ve also put together a useful briefing note, as we work alongsi...

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May 30, 2022

Estate planners shouldn’t have to choose between advice or admin

The advice you provide is valuable and needed. Yet, you spend most of your billable hours on administrative tasks

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May 30, 2022

Staff spotlights: Carlie Nowell

Meet Carlie, our new Senior Marketing Manager.

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April 4, 2022

Will writing software – how does it work and is it worth it?

Arken.legal’s software is built to draft in the same manner as a Solicitor, after all it was built by Lawyers. It has built-in controls and a dual screen, guiding pract...

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April 4, 2022

3 reasons to choose Arken for your estate planning software

Arken.legal provides a suite of products that empowers companies in the pre-death planning industry to increase efficiencies, streamline processes, manage risk, and grow ...

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March 30, 2022

Wills – a new revenue stream for the funeral industry?

According to IRN Research, the value of the Wills, Trust and Probate industry passed the £2bn mark for the first time in 2021. Leading many organisations to consider exp...

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March 1, 2022

Staff spotlights: William Walshe

The Arken team is thrilled to welcome our new Customer Engagement Assistant, William Walshe. Here’s some more information so you can get to know Will better…

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March 1, 2022

Staff spotlights: Stacey Moss

The Arken team is thrilled to welcome our new Customer Success Manager, Stacey Moss. Here’s some more information so you can get to know Stacey better…

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February 24, 2022

Should estate planners embrace digital advertising?

Referrals are an estate planner’s best friend and work can often trickle down through a family’s generations, as many choose to stay with their trusted adviso...

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February 15, 2022

More Millennials are writing Wills

According to a recent report by Goldman and Sachs, Millennials are those born between 1980 and 2000. They demand digital services and convenience at the lowest cost and ...

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February 8, 2022

Digital transformation… where on earth do you start?

Digital transformation can be an intimidating term for what is simply a series of steps in an organisations’ technology adoption journey.

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January 27, 2022

Top ten tips for supporting modern families with their estate planning

STEPs recent survey ‘meeting the needs of modern families’ reports that 97% of advisors have helped a ‘blended family’ with their estate planning.

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January 12, 2022

Staff spotlights: Robert Wheeler

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November 29, 2021

The case for tackling capacity for everyone

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November 23, 2021

Technology continues to replace paper trails for the legal sector

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November 11, 2021

Are your middle-income clients getting quietly pushed into higher death duty brackets?

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October 14, 2021

Top 5 Tips for Assessing Mental Capacity

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October 13, 2021

How is Arken like home hair-colouring?

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October 6, 2021

Arken.legal partners with Comentis

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October 5, 2021

Staff spotlights: Raj Patel

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September 29, 2021

Staff spotlights: New Recruits!

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July 26, 2021

Reducing Risk in Will Drafting

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June 9, 2021

Find your lost time

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June 9, 2021

What could you do with 2 extra months a year?!

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May 20, 2021

Arken.legal Sponsors Industry Champion Award

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May 17, 2021

Thursfields Appoints Arken.legal

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May 12, 2021

New Podcast Series Now Live!

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April 15, 2021

How Technology Can Assist in Managing Risk

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March 30, 2021

What William Shakespeare’s Will Tells Us About The Man Behind The Quill

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March 29, 2021

Will Software: Making the Complex Simple

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March 16, 2021

Arken.legal Receives Cyber Essentials’ Certificate of Assurance

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March 2, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Cormac Dunne

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February 24, 2021

Industry Report Interview with Dr David Mort

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February 17, 2021

The Wishing Will Foundation: Interview with Jade Gani

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February 11, 2021

Ian Bond Joins Arken’s Legal Advisory Board

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February 2, 2021

Product Spotlight: Arken Intestacy

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January 11, 2021

Staff Spotlight: New Recruits!

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June 2, 2019

Arken.legal and Exizent announce game-changing partnership to revolutionise ‘pre-to-post-death’ journey for legal firms

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