Legal Blog

Who will care for the children?

Recent statistics have shown that having a child or children is the key life event to prompt people to make a will. The law says that if you have children under the age of 18 and die without a will which appoints guardians, then the family courts...

Child Mainteance Scheme benfits 350,000 children

The Department for Work and Pensions has just published information on cases being processed on the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme, delivered by the Child Maintenance Service covering the period of August 2013 to March 2017. The...

Child Maintenance Scheme benfits 350,000 children

The Department for Work and Pensions has just published information on cases being processed on the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme, delivered by the Child Maintenance Service covering the period of August 2013 to March 2017. The...

The increase in speeding punishments

Much has been made of the new punishments for speeding, however do you know what they are.  Those caught speeding just above the speed limit can expect to receive a £100.00 fixed penalty fine and 3 points, or an invitation to a...

Does you Will work for you in 2017?

With the new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) coming into effect in April 2017, now is a good time to look at the inheritance tax efficiency of your will. Since 1974, the first of a married couple to pass away has been able to leave their entire estate...

Tenants in common and relationship break down

If you own as tenants in common, you will have specified the shares in which you will hold the equity in your property. If you contributed difference amounts towards the deposit or fees etc, it is sensible to have a deed of trust drawn up so that you can set...

Can a buyer legally ask to reduce your agreed sale price?

Yes it is legal and often happens when a survey reveals extensive – and expensive – work required on a property. Once a buyer’s offer on a property is accepted by its seller, the property becomes “sold subject to contract”,...

The cost of moving

Homebuyers budgetary expectations are falling short of the amount they will actually spend when moving home. New research by Post Office Money indicates that on average, additional moving home costs will total £9,472, but buyers will typically have...

The importance of Wills and Powers of Attorney

The week commencing 15 May 2017 marked Dementia Awareness Week. For those people who are affected by dementia it can be a great comfort to know that your day to day affairs are in order and likewise that your estate will be distributed in accordance with...

Prescriptive Rights.

Obtaining a right by prescription means you are granted the right to do something, simply by the passage of time. For example, if you have used a passageway behind your house for many years but without the legal right to do so, it is possible to claim that...
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