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Ditching your New Year’s Resolutions

So today is national ‘ditch your new year’s resolutions’ day. How are you doing? Is your dry January or Veganuary going well? Or has your hitting the gym 5 times a week gone out the window already? Many times we make resolutions when we’re feel...

How long does conveyancing usually take?

  Your estate agent told you the conveyancing process should take six weeks, your bank says it usually takes four weeks and your friend who recently moved house said it only took three weeks. You may have been given a number of different answers...

Christmas opening times

Our office front doors will not be open between Christmas Eve and New Year, but many of our staff will be working throughout the Christmas period and will be happy to help with your queries.                ...

Separation of Unmarried Couples Legal Rights

Any separation can be difficult. If you are cohabiting but not married, it can seem more confusing about where you stand. It’s thought that 6 out of 10 people mistakenly believe the myth of “common law spouses” and that they are protected in the same...

New Year: Divorce?

It can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant time considering filing for a divorce. If you are considering it, you have to have a reason for wanting to end a marriage, whether you have been married for 12 months or 60 years....

Firework Safety this New Year’s Eve

I don’t know about you, but we’re very excited for the start of 2019 and the celebration of the New Year! New Year’s Eve parties, friends, a drink or two and some fireworks are all excellent ways to welcome in 2019....

House prices in the UK rise by 2.7%

The average house price in the UK stands at £231,095, according to the latest data from HM Land Registry.  The North West saw the greatest monthly property price rise with an increase of 1.2% to £165,007. But the biggest monthly price fall was the No...

Digital Wills and Assets

There are 7.5 billion people on Earth, and more than 1 billion of them use Facebook. That’s a staggering amount, but what is even more staggering is that in the not too distant future there will be more accounts with dead owners than living....

Relationship Breakdowns

Married and unmarried couples alike can face the breakdown of their relationship. It’s a terribly difficult, upsetting, stressful and uncertain time, especially if you live together and own possessions and/or assets jointly. On the breakdown of a rel...

What is considered a personal injury case?

  Many injuries aren’t eligible for compensation – but if your accident was someone else’s fault then you could have a personal injury claim on your hands. The most common claims come from injuries sustained in road traffic accidents and p...

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...

Is it a serious injury? It’s all relative.

The typical British response to all but the most catastrophic injuries is a stoic and dismissive attitude to the impact of physical trauma on everyday life. As a culture we encourage people to brush their injuries under the carpet with an “Oh, it’s n...

The Role of an Executor

Applying for a Grant of Probate can be an upsetting process.  The role of an Executor is a very responsible one and is not to be taken on lightly. Executors are responsible for closing any bank accounts, paying any Inheritance Tax due, any existing d...

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...

North West Housing Price Rises Best in Country

The North West housing market is leading the way for the rest of the nation as it’s house prices are rising despite the growth rate nationally being at its lowest in 5 years. However, even with house prices in the north west being the strongest in En...

Things First Time Buyers Should Know

Buying your first home is more than likely one of the most exciting and stressful things you will have done to date. It may also be the first time many people will have used a solicitor. With the average age of a first time buyer in the UK now being...

Medical negligence and informed consent

It is a legal requirement for a patient to give informed consent before any medical treatment can go ahead – without valid consent the medical treatment could be considered an assault or battery. Susan Liver, Clinical Negligence specialist and a part...

What is the Court of Protection?

What is the Court of Protection? The Court of Protection aims to safeguard those who are vulnerable or lack capacity to make decisions for themselves about their health and welfare or financial matters. The Court is able to appoint an individual to m...

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection. It is the most common cause of death from infection despite advances in medicine. Sepsis is normally caused by an infection such as pneumonia or flu. Notably, some people a...

What do you mean by serious injury?

I’ve had a serious injury. You may have heard a family member say it. A colleague. A friend. You’ve probably heard it on a TV ad at some point even. You may have even said it yourself. But when someone says “serious injury” what does that actually me...

What is Probate?

The process of applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions after their death is called ‘Probate.’   A ‘Grant of Probate’ is a legal document issued by the Probate Registry which enables the Executors to adminis...

Should I buy or lease my commercial property?

Making a decision on whether to buy or lease your business property should not be taken lightly. Jennifer McGowan, commercial property solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains the pros and cons. Buying your own premises can mean freedom from lan...

When can I get the keys to my new property?

Moving day has finally arrived, the removal men and women have loaded the van, and you’re all set to drive to your new address. But when can you get the keys? What is completion? Completion day is the day that money is transferred to the sellers soli...

How to avoid challenges to your Will

Once you have written your Will, you will want to ensure that your wishes will be carried out as you intended So how can you ensure that this is the case and no one challenges your Will? We look at what it means to challenge a Will and what you can d...

Guarding against dilapidations costs

Footing a landlord’s dilapidations bill can hit your bottom line hard. Jennifer McGowan, commercial property solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains how potentially hefty claims arise – and how to minimise them All too often, the first thing ma...

Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2018

Birchall Blackburn Law has won a prestigious conveyancing award for the second year running. The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2018 have named Birchall Blackburn Law as conveyancing firm of the year – North of England. This is the second time...

Driverless Cars & the future of UK Driving Laws

Man has conquered the hologram, voice recognition, virtual reality and solar power. We’ve developed technology that has changed the face of society, the workplace, our social interactions and our daily habits. Now we’re entering the realm of technolo...

What should I look out for when viewing properties?

House hunting can be extremely exciting! It’s a new beginning in a new area and the opportunity for a clean slate. You could be upsizing, downsizing or it could be your first home. But regardless of whether it’s a mansion, or a hobbit hole, your firs...

Why we still need Action For Mesothelioma Day

If you think that the devastating legacy of asbestos is confined to the history books then you are wrong – 2,595 people died in 2016 from the asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma. Every year between 2,500 and 2,700 people continue to die...

Can I get out of a property lease early?

Businesses may want to get out of a commercial property lease early for various reasons, such as upscaling and downsizing. Birchall Blackburn Law’s Jennifer McGowan runs the rule over the options. Termination of a lease can be a complex and technical...

New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

In the North West: • 96% of people leave important health and welfare decisions to chance • By 2025, more than 13 million people who are at risk of mental incapacity will not be prepared • 73% would like a family member to make medical and care decis...

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney? The government website defines an LPA as: “a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf....

HIP in Cheshire Charity Golf Day

The sun was shining for the Head Injured People (HIP) corporate charity golf day in Cheshire on 28th June. Nestled in the stunning Cheshire countryside, the 18-hole leading championship course at Macdonald Portal Hotel played host to the 15-team golf...

Settle It: Is it illegal to drive barefoot?

It’s summer, it’s hot. You’re in your garden preparing for a BBQ when you realise you’ve forgotten an important fixture in the menu. You head to your car, sit behind the wheel – but there’s one thing that stops you from heading off....

How do I contest a will?

The family of Marcel Chu were in for a shock after his death. He had a close relationship with his family, so they assumed that he would leave any assets he owned to them. Unbeknown to them, they’d been written out of his will by a controlling...

Headway Wirral Dragon Boat Festival 2018

A rag-tag crew from Birchall Blackburn Law, boarded a dragon boat and raced to raise £500 for Headway Wirral a charity that works tirelessly to improve life for people in the area, and their families after a serious brain injury. The crew members tra...

What is dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Society definition of dementia is: ‘a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have becom...

What is a mirror will?

Mirror wills explained Writing a will can often be a daunting experience but it is important to have a will in place and know which type of will is best suited to your individual circumstances. Mirror wills are created for married or unmarried couple...

Our New Dementia Friends Champion!

  Elaine Roberts from the Preston office has completed an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champions Induction Day and is now registered to present Dementia Friends Information Sessions to local groups, individuals, the general public, and our own B...

Is your pet in your will?

You will have most likely heard of the famous and very sad story of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was a Skye terrier who was famous in Edinburgh in the 19th Century for guarding his owner’s grave for 14 years, until he himself died on 14th January 1872....

Why I’m wearing a hat on Friday 18th May

My hat is a Mad Hatter hat. You know, like the one in Alice in Wonderland? It’s wacky. My friends can’t believe I’m wearing it to work next week. But it’s a special day and I’ll be wearing that hat no matter what....

Three new associates for Birchall Blackburn Law

North West law firm Birchall Blackburn Law has made three senior promotions across its private client and conveyancing teams.      Fiona Hendry, Joan Kennedy and Michelle Fairhurst have all been promoted to associate solicitor. Based in the...

Moving house with small pets

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. There’s so much to remember, redirecting post, changing utility bills and a new postcode to learn. It can be a challenge to remember everything you need to do....

Can I leave someone out of my will?

It was recently reported in the press that a 94 year old pensioner, (Mr Hodge), excluded his partner, (Mrs Thompson), of 42 years from his will, so that she did not inherit anything from his £1.5 million pound estate. He instead divided his estate eq...

Do you have a keyholder for your burglar alarm?

So you’ve sent your kids to the grandparents and you have dinner reservations at eight. You’re about to leave your house, but before you do you set your burglar alarm. That way you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your house is protected whilst you’r...

I had a serious accident, could I have PTSD?

After a serious accident, the physical injuries are just one part of the aftermath. You may have sustained only minor injuries, or you may have fully recovered from serious ones. You may have witnessed the fatal accident of your loved one or you may...

Moving house, cat myths, and what you should do

The old wives tale of putting butter on your cat’s paws to stop them returning to the old house is unfortunately not true. The logic behind the myth was that by the cat licking off the butter from their paws, they would remove the scent of the...

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