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26th March 2015
As with most legal matters the best advice is to deal with issues as they arise - or you could end up paying, quite literally, for burying your head in the sand. It is amazing how, sometimes, even the happiest families descend into outright warfare when it comes to dealing with the estate of a deceased parent. Suddenly all previous suppressed irritations – justified or…
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18th March 2015
If you start a business one of the things to decide is will you be a sole trader, or a partnership, or form a limited company? There can be good reasons for choosing any of these structures, and you should take proper advice before deciding, but a limited company can offer benefits. Unlike a traditional partnership, a limited company exists as a separate entity in…
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12th March 2015
Are you a frustrated home-mover? Help to Buy could be the solution to help you get moving. In recent years, homeowners have been frustrated because they wanted to move – perhaps because the family needed a bigger house, or to move for a new job – but could not afford to. Many such families have had sufficient income to afford higher mortgage repayments, but could not…
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11th March 2015
On the 11th March, the Supreme Court delivered a Judgment in favour of Kathleen Wyatt. She had the good fortune to marry Dale Vince, who at the time was a man of slender means. The facts make interesting reading. The couple met as students, married in 1981 and separated in 1984. During the marriage and for some time afterwards, the parties were of very modest…
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06th March 2015
As a Landlord you may be concerned about what will happen if your Tenant’s breaches any of its obligations in the lease. Whilst it is never nice to start a new relationship thinking that it will go wrong, Landlords should consider, when negotiating new terms, whether asking for a rent deposit would be appropriate in the circumstances. A rent deposit is a sum of money…
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27th February 2015
I was reading a Family Law periodical recently when an article leapt out at me. Initially I thought it was more evidence of my need for spectacles but for once I was wrong. The article was titled - Law Society encourages use of “Pet nups” – surely a typo I thought but indeed not. Seemingly evidence has emerged via the Law Society that 1 in…
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23rd February 2015
It is estimated that the total amount donated to charities by UK adults is in excess of £10bn annually. In recent years there has been increasing scrutiny of the expenditure of UK charities. It has been noted that certain charities have reported spending less than 50% of their income and donations on charitable activities, with a large amount spent on administration, premises and staff. For…
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13th February 2015
It is probably fair to say the majority of people are more likely to contemplate the consequences of not making a will than the potential consequences of failing to update their will. If you have a will, do you ever consider whether your circumstances or those of your beneficiaries have changed since it was signed? It is often the case that potential problems are not…
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10th February 2015
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a comprehensive code to empower and protect people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. Its implementation is increasingly required due to our aging population whose decline is, all too frequently, accompanied by impaired capacity. With an increasing awareness of dementia, with all its attendant difficulties, many people as they approach retirement, grant a Lasting Power of Attorney…
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06th February 2015
We work with brave people whose lives have been changed dramatically by the injury they have sustained. Our first aim is to obtain early interim payments to cover daily living expenses and to fund rehabilitation costs. Most insurers will help with interim payments at the outset if it is clear whose fault the accident was, but as more money is needed it sometimes gets harder…
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