05 February 2016
Son of Lord Lucan granted death certificate
The son of missing peer Lord Lucan has adopted his father's title after being granted a death certificate.
Lord George Bingham - now the 8th Earl of Lucan - says it is now time to move on after 42 years of uncertainty regarding his father's whereabouts.
He applied for a declaration under the Presumption Of Death Act so he could inherit the title.
His father disappeared after nanny Sandra Rivett was found dead at the family home in London back in November 1974.
Mrs Justice Asplin concluded that none of Lord Lucan's family members or closest friends had seen or heard from him during the following years.
Sitting at London's High Court, she was satisfied that he had not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years.
Lord Bingham believes his father has been dead since he vanished. He claims the title is his legal right as his father's only son.
Sharon Heselton, probate executive in the wills, trusts and probate practice at B P Collins comments: "Since the Presumption of Death Act 2013, which came into force in October 2014, it has enabled grieving families to move forward and deal with their loved ones' estate.
"Until the new law came into force, it was not possible to obtain a death certificate and this high-profile case has highlighted why this law change was necessary and how it can be used in practice."