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03rd July 2015
This past week has seen some wildly inaccurate media reporting of the legal costs involved in clinical negligence claims. The Government is proposing a fixed fee system which will heavily reduce the costs paid to solicitors who act for successful claimants following medical accidents and errors. In 2012/2013 the NHS paid £1.258 billion to settle claims for medical negligence. Of that, £258 million, or just…
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26th June 2015
As of April 2015 the 10% starting rate of tax for savings income has been simplified. Savers will now pay no income tax on their savings where their total income is below £15,600. Where the saver’s total income exceeds £15,600 but the amount from non-savings income is less than this figure part of their savings income will be tax free. A new £1,000 personal savings…
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19th June 2015
Not everything in life is straightforward and this certainly applies to the administration of deceased’s estates on occasion with some scenarios testing even the most experienced of practitioners. Aside from the usual challenge of having to diligently research the assets and liabilities of the deceased, Personal Representatives may face additional complications.  These vary in nature and can result from ambiguity in a will, discrepancies in…
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10th June 2015
If you are expecting an article about a film concerning drummers, or indeed about the world of a particular dominatrix, then we are sorry to disappoint! We remember the day when it was thought acceptable for a person with a whiplash type neck or back injury to pursue a compensation claim resulting from an accident. Clients tended to be referred by local recommendation. The consequences…
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03rd June 2015
When relationships break down, a diversity of problems arise, ranging from financial to children arrangements, even who should retain the dog. Rightly, many people are wary of using solicitors. Sometimes, lawyers can serve to polarise and inflame an already difficult situation. Lawyers in this country are part of what can be characterised as an adversarial system. We have Claimants, Defendants, Petitioners and Respondents. All these…
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29th May 2015
Not making a will can have a huge impact so you might be surprised to learn that more than 2/3 of the UK's population have yet to complete this very important task. If someone dies without making a valid will they are said to have died 'Intestate' and their estate is then 'administered' (distributed) according to the rules of 'Intestacy' rather than in the way…
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20th May 2015
If you are planning to sell or rent a Property it is important to be ready to produce all the necessary documents that a Buyer/Tenant will expect to see as part of the investigation process.  Regardless of how quickly your solicitor can work, a delay in production of the supporting paperwork at the start of the transaction will have a knock on effect and can,…
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15th May 2015
Why would you look to extend your lease? As the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of the lease. Further if you plan to have a mortgage on the property or you are planning to sell the property, you or the proposed buyer may have difficulties obtaining lending on the property unless there is at least 55 years left on the…
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14th May 2015
George Ide, LLP are proud to support the Chichester String Ensemble and Headway West Sussex in a classical concert in aid of improving the lives of those suffering from acquired brain injuries. We have worked with Headway West Sussex for many years and have represented many clients with brain injuries. We are very much looking to forward to a delightful evening’s entertainment and raising money…
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11th May 2015
Many families have to grapple with the consequence of a relationship breakdown. Everyone knows through personal experience of friends, family or with their own lives, the effect that a relationship breakdown can has on a family, not least of all the children. Child arrangements post-separation, or even when you are contemplating leaving a relationship are vital. There is no way in which a family can…
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