We have just received notification that our reaccreditation application in respect of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – the mark of excellence for the home buying process – has been successful for another 12 months. The re-accreditation process is a way of assuring residential home buyers and sellers and banks and insurers, that […]
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Recent press articles have highlighted the exorbitant costs that some Banks have been charging families when dealing with the Estates of their loved ones. Banks offered a low cost will-writing service as an incentive for taking out insurance or fee charging current accounts, going back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. It is estimated […]
We are often asked whether some who is in the early stages of dementia or of mental decline of some other kind, is able to make a Will. In order to make a valid Will, a person must satisfy a legal test of capacity:- does the person making the Will understand what they are doing […]
We often come across frying freeholds and are asked to advise upon them when our clients sell or buy properties where part of the property is a flying freehold. A flying freehold is a legal term used to describe a part of a freehold property which overhangs or underlies another freehold. Common examples include a […]
If you applied to register a Lasting Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you can now claim back some of the fees, as it has now been decided that the registration fees charges at that time were too high. The refund will be an […]
Clients who are in the course of purchasing a leasehold property are often as part of the transaction offered a share of the freehold and we are often asked to provide an explanation to this sometimes bewildering area of the Law. The issue normally arises when a client is purchasing a flat, normally in a […]
Egress Switch email encryption In order to enhance our cyber security, as from Tuesday 9th January 2018, we will be using Egress Switch Secure Email to share confidential information securely by encrypted email, and send and receive encrypted large files. We have chosen to use Egress Switch when sending confidential information via email and file […]
Property fraud, unfortunately, is on the increase, and case law suggests that property owners who are not in occupation are at a greater risk of identity fraud. We have heard of a recent case where a person owned a rental property with tenants who had been there for some time. The tenant changed his name […]
Please click on the link below for an interesting article recently published by the Guardian about an anticipated ‘groundbreaking’ change of approach by the Family Court when dealing with cases involving parental alienation in divorce and separation. This is a change that will, no doubt, be welcomed by many parents and family law practitioners. Becoming […]
There is a common feeling of indignation amongst families when the family home has to be sold to pay for care fees. Undoubtedly, elderly clients often want to avoid the risk of contributing to the cost of long term care as this can deplete assets and savings. Putting the family home into the names […]
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