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  1. Child maintenance if a parent lives abroad

    What to do if you need to get child maintenance and one of the parents lives abroad

  2. Find help to get your child back from abroad or arrange contact

    How to apply to have your child returned if they've been abducted, or arrange contact or enforce a court order in EU, Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries

  3. Countries where you can enforce child maintenance decisions

    List of countries where parents can apply to enforce or change a child maintenance decision made in UK courts.

  4. Official Solicitor and Public Trustee

    The home of Official Solicitor and Public Trustee on GOV.UK.

  5. Official Solicitor and Public Trustee – About us

    We help people who are vulnerable because of their lack of mental capacity or young age to take advantage of the services offered by the justice system.

  6. Appoint the Public Trustee as executor of your estate

    Appoint a public official to act as executor of your estate if no one else can do it - the Public Trustee, Official Solicitor, fees, contact

  7. International Child Abduction and Contact Unit application form

    Apply for the return of a child taken abroad against your wishes, to make contact with them or to enforce a court order overseas.

  8. Apply to get a child maintenance order recognised abroad

    Form and guidance for parents to get a child maintenance order recognised or enforced in another EU country.

  9. Find out if a tenancy has been ended after a tenant's death

    Apply to the Public Trustee to find out if a tenancy has been ended after a tenant's death

  10. Child abduction: accredited solicitors referral list

    A list of solicitors accredited to deal with cases where a child is taken abroad without a parent's permission.

  11. Apply to get or change a maintenance decision

    Form and guidance for parents applying to get or change a decision on child maintenance in another EU country.

  12. Certificate as to capacity to conduct proceedings

    Form to assess whether a party has capacity to conduct legal proceedings.

  13. How the Official Solicitor can help you: easy read guide

    Booklet on how the Official Solicitor can help if you're under 18 or unable to make your own decisions in a legal case.

  14. International child abduction unit: request for co-operation form

    Form for local authority staff to ask the authorities in another country for information or assistance in a child protection case.

  15. Appointment of Official Solicitor in family proceedings: practice note

    Guidance for solicitors about appointing the Official Solicitor as litigation friend for someone lacking the capacity to conduct family proceedings.

  16. Official Solicitor and Public Trustee – Complaints procedure

    How to make a complaint about the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee’s service.

  17. Litigation friend referral form for Children Act public law cases

    Form for solicitors to provide additional information about a protected party, if the Official Solicitor is asked to be a litigation friend.

  18. ICACU referral list information and application details

    How solicitors can join the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) referral list.

  19. New Official Solicitor and Public Trustee appointed

    Sarah Castle has been appointed to the role of Official Solicitor and Public Trustee (OSPT).

  20. Death of Official Solicitor Alastair Pitblado

    It is with sadness that we announce that Alastair Pitblado, the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee, has died following a serious illness.