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Coronavirus update – our offices are opening

Our offices are reopening We are delighted to be starting the process of reopening our offices to visitors. The health and wellbeing of you and our staff is important to everyone and we will be doing what we can to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmi...

Our Leyland office opens on Wednesday, July 1

We believe that our legal services are essential services, especially during periods of uncertainty and major change, which is why we have never stopped working since the Covid-19 lockdown began. We had to work a little differently, close our physica...

Do pedestrians always have right of way on roads?

The short answer to this question is no. Many of us are stepping outside once a day to make the most of our exercise regime during this difficult time. It is a good time to remind ourselves how to observe the law and keep safe when it comes to pedest...

Home-school road safety tips to teach your kids

No matter how old your children are, it’s always a good idea to keep their knowledge fresh. Whether they’ve just started nursery or they’re in their last year of school, there’s always something about road safety you can teach your kids – even...

Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Rob Jones, Associate Solicitor for our Serious & Catastrophic Injury team, discusses the nationwide campaign to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones on the road. Last year the National Police Chiefs Council ran a national campaign to...

Should I make a prenuptial agreement?

Although prenuptial agreements may sound like an unromantic topic to talk about, they are arguably the best way to ensure there is as little conflict as possible over property and financial assets should your marriage come to an end. What is a prenup...

11 ways you can add value to your property

The average house price in the UK is £235,298, according to the latest available data from the official UK House Price Index – a year-on-year increase of 2.2%.   However, if you’re looking to maximise the value of your property, there are...

What happens during a divorce?

If your marriage has broken down and you’re thinking of divorce, it is important to understand what happens during the divorce process. ‘Divorce’ refers to the official ending of your marriage contract. There are several other matters that will need...

What are the grounds for divorce?

If you believe your marriage has broken down and you’re looking into divorce, it is important to know what the grounds for divorce actually are. In the United Kingdom, there is only one legal ground for divorce, which is the ‘irretrievable breakdown...

Why make a financial LPA?

You may have heard a lot about Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPA), but have you considered making a Financial one? There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorneys, Health and Welfare and Property and Financial affairs.   ...

Can you sue your employer for workplace stress?

Now that the festive season is over, it’s back to work for many of us. Some 595,000 people have suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, resulting in 15.4 million working days lost due to illness. So can you sue your employer f...

What happens to your online life after you die?

Around 67% of the UK population are regular users of social media – that’s over 45 million people! The majority of us are active on our accounts every single day. Sometimes we can’t even go hours without checking it, posting on our timelines, s...

The role of social media in divorce

Social media usage is growing by the day, and so is it’s impact on our relationships. Since social media’s launch in the early 2000s, it has gone from strength to strength and changed the way in which we interact with the world....

Moving to…Preston

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more.  This month we head to the small...

Where should I keep my Will? 

A Will is a very important document – so where should you keep it?  There are plenty of options and no legal requirements as to where you keep your Will.  However, some options are better than others. When deciding where to keep your Will, you...

Be Safe: Firework Safety this Bonfire Night

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!’ Winter is on the horizon, the long nights are drawing in and toffee apples are springing up in supermarkets. There’s a lot of Autumn excitement around this time of year with Hallo...

What is Conveyancing?

Put simply, conveyancing is the act of transferring property from one person to another. It’s essentially the legal ‘legwork’ involved in home ownership; starting when an offer on the property is accepted and ending when the new owner receives the ke...

Moving to…Chorley

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look...

What happens to cryptocurrency when we die?

Presently, there are over 1,600 different cryptocurrencies in the world. Bitcoin is by far the most popular cryptocurrency at the moment, with 32 million Bitcoin wallets set and 7.1 million active Bitcoin users.  What happens to a person’s cryptocurr...

Preparing to sell your commercial property

Not only does commercial property account for 13% of the value of all buildings in the UK, the actual value itself was £883 million according to latest data.  So, the question is, what’s the best way to go about preparing for the sale of your commerc...

Moving to…Southport

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look...

What to do when someone dies without a Will

Making a will has many advantages. However, many people die without leaving a valid will and this then poses two big questions: • “Who is entitled to deal with the estate?” and • “Who will inherit?” When someone dies without making a Will, it isn’t a...

Why might a Will be invalid?

Many people mistakenly believe if they write a Will, that’s all they need to do. However, as life goes on, personal and financial circumstances can change, which may affect the terms of your Will.   The law sets out the rules which govern the validit...

6 reasons to go for a new-build house

From January to March this year 162,270 new houses were built by private developers, with plenty more on the way later this year. There are several reasons to opt for a new-build house, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Here are just a few of...

Pro packing tips for moving house

Nine in ten of the UK population has moved home in the last 30 years, according to recent data from Master Removers. Moving house means lots of packing – and lots of packing means lots of planning. Here are some of our favourite pro packing tip...

5 best cities to move to for your career

Fanatical about finance tech? Crazy about the creative industry? No matter what career path you want to pursue (or are currently on!), there is a location for everyone in the UK. We’ve hand-picked five of the top twenty cities deemed some of the best...

How can I change my existing Will?

When you make a Will for the first time, it is more than likely that you will need to change it in the future, due to changes in your personal circumstances, and/or changes in the law.  It is important to review your Will at least every two – t...

Should you use an online conveyancing solicitors?

From mobile apps to conveyancing dashboards, online solicitor services are fast becoming the norm. There are a lot of advantages to using an online conveyancing solicitors including saving time, accessing information quickly and clear and concise lan...

Moving to… Chester

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more.  This month we go to the beautif...

The new Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017

The new Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 will came into force on Wednesday 31st July. This new law is designed to end the difficulties currently faced by the families of missing persons. It is estimated that 180,000 people every year are repor...

5 reasons you should make a Will

We all know we should make a Will. But for many of us, we’re not really sure why we should. This means that the vast majority of us put off doing it until much later in life, which can sometimes be too late, especially if we are lacking capacity to d...

Can both parties file for divorce?

When starting the divorce process one party will commence proceedings and will be known as a Petitioner.  To start divorce proceedings an application is made which is known as a petition. The Petition will need to be sent to the Court and a fee will...

How do I know I have a bicycle injury claim?

The starting point is to ask yourself whether the injury was caused by a collision incident that was somebody else’s fault.  At the scene, the other person (who will usually have been a driver) might have tried to blame you. They might have said “it...

Take the stress out of downsizing: our best tips

Over 55s can earn an average of £109,659 if they downsized from a detached three bedroom home to an apartment or bungalow, according to a recent study by Lloyds Bank. If you live in the South East, you could see a potential average “equity windfall”...

What are deeds of variation?

A deed of variation means that if a beneficiary would like to, they can choose to redirect what has been left to them in a Will to someone else.  If you wish to change a person’s Will after their death, you will need a deed of variation to do so....

Moving to…Manchester

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more.  This month we start our journey...

Action Mesothelioma Day 2019

“We have work to do and we have a fight to fight…” These were the words used by Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmson at this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester. The annual event is an important day for many families who are dealing with t...

Do beneficiaries of a Will have any rights?

What is a beneficiary? A beneficiary is a person who has been named to inherit in a Will. This person may be left property, land, or money in the deceased’s Will.  What are my rights as a beneficiary? As a beneficiary of a Will, you will only have le...

What to do when someone dies

When a loved one dies, it can be an extremely emotional time and you will need some time to process what has happened. When you are feeling ready, there are some practical things that you will need to do. Below are some of the steps you will need to...

Robbing the elderly

It is a sad reality that fraud and theft against the elderly is on the rise. In fact, the charity Action on Elder Abuse estimated that there are around 120,000 cases a year and rising.  As elderly people can be some of society’s most vulnerable, ther...

How can I prepare for a property survey?

A property survey is a professional assessment of the condition of a property. The survey includes a “health check” of sorts on every aspect of the building including the walls, foundation, chimney, flooring and anything else related to the structure...

Summer holiday road safety tips

Around 17% of British holidaymakers are planning a “staycation” this year. If you’re one of them and you’re travelling by car, then it’s always a good idea to plan ahead with our summer holiday road safety tips… Before you go… One of the best w...

10 happiest places to live in England

The beautiful area of Richmondshire in Yorkshire and The Humber has been named as the happiest place to live in England, according to the Halifax Quality of Life Survey released this year. Each location is based on local authority rather than a speci...

Lease Forfeiture: The Pros and Cons

What is forfeiture? Commercial forfeiture, or ‘re-entry’, is where a landlord has the right to terminate a lease and regain access to the premises if the tenant is in breach, for example through using the property for a purpose that is not allowed, i...

How much can I claim for a motorcycle collision?

Unfortunately, road traffic collisions do happen but motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than the drivers of cars, vans and lorries for the following reasons: Motorcyclists are far less likely to be seen as they approach a junction or even just an...

What is a valid Will?

It is great if you have a Will in place! However, many people think once they’ve got one, that’s it. But you should make sure that your Will is actually valid. There’s a set of criteria that you need to meet to make sure that your Will is legal and w...

What is an executor?

It is usual to appoint at least one executor in your will. But what is an executor? What is an executor of a will? An executor is a person who has legal responsibility to deal with your property and financial obligations once you die....

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