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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...

What is a property chain?

If you’re house-hunting then you’ve more than likely come across the words “chain.” This will include “no chain” or “short chain” or even a “long chain”. A property chain is the connection between three or more buyers and sellers of property....

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...

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. Between 15th – 28th April 2019 the National Police Chiefs Council ran a...

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....

Do I need an executor for a will?

No one ever likes to think about dying and the need to make a Will. However, it is important to have a plan in place to make it as easy as possible for the loved ones you leave behind. Having a Will and naming an executor is therefore very important....

6 things to look for in a serious injury solicitor

We know that looking for a personal injury solicitor for your injury can be overwhelming – especially so soon after the incident. It might also be daunting to know just what to look for in a solicitor. Fortunately, there are several factors whi...

Avoiding divorce as an empty-nester

When your kids are on the cusp of flying the nest for the first time, not only is it an exciting new chapter for them, it is also the start of a new stage in your lives too. Raising a family is an exciting, highly rewarding and huge part of your life...

5 most common Highway Code rules people ignore

At the last count, there were 38.2 million registered vehicles on the road, a figure that has increased every year since the end of World War II! But, as we all know, driving comes with great responsibility and skill. Of course, no one is perfect but...

Dash cams: A mini guide

Around 27% of drivers in the UK have a dash cam, according to research by Which. Nearly three-quarters of those drivers thought all drivers should have a dash cam and almost 48% of them said having a dash cam gives them peace of mind in the event of...

What do I do if I’m thinking about divorce?

Taking the decision to separate from your spouse is always difficult. Friends and family will offer invaluable advice but the tough decisions will still be down to you. Can I get a divorce? To be able divorce your spouse, you must have been married f...

What should I put in a Will?

You may already have a good idea of what you would want to put in your Will such as who will organise things and who you want to leave your money or property to, but you may not be aware that there are many other things that you can specifically incl...

No Will? So what?

We understand that most people don’t want to think too far into the future, and especially about what would happen if you were no longer around. However, it is important to think about it, have conversations around it, and to have a plan....

What is considered a personal injury case?

Many injuries aren’t eligible for compensation – but if the incident 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 collisions and public l...

No Fault Divorce Passed

As it stands, in order to divorce, unless the parties have been separated for at least two years, one spouse has to allege adultery, cite unreasonable behaviour or desertion to begin divorce proceedings. This can further strain the relationship as bl...

What to expect when getting divorced

You are likely going to experience a lot of different emotions when going through a divorce. Divorce in itself is an unpleasant experience, and if you didn’t see it coming, or are unprepared, then it can knock you for six. What should I do next?...

12 potential deal breakers for property buyers

The average UK property takes 102 days to find a buyer, according to official stats from the Post Office. At 65 days on average per property, the fastest-selling area at the moment is the West Midlands, with Redditch, in particular, boasting a 45-day...

5 Rightmove Search Tips and Tricks

An estimated 370,300 moved home last year – and that doesn’t include first-time buyers! But how did all those people manage to find their ideal property? Here are five tips and tricks for searching on Rightmove you might not know about… D...

Demand for equity release reaches all-time high

Equity release plans have now “entered the mainstream,” according to The Equity Release Council Spring 2019 Market Report. The latest data shows that 43,879 homeowners aged 55 and over unlocked money from the value of their properties – this in...

Which areas are covered under family law?

Family law is often used as an umbrella term. But what exactly is family law and what does it cover? If you have something going on in your life you may be asking yourself, do I need a family lawyer, will they be able to help me?...

What is a family lawyer?

What does a family law specialist do? A family lawyer is a trained legal expert who is able to assist with a variety of different legal matters that might affect you at some point in your life. Family lawyers predominantly help with: Divorce, separat...

Animals that inherited a fortune

We all love our fluffy friends. Dogs are ‘a man’s best friend’ and cats make a house a home. They are a part of our family, and as such, many people choose to leave money in their will in order to look after them in the future....

When is a power of attorney important?

It is always a good idea to have a lasting power of attorney (LPA) in place, as we never know what the future has in store. Whether you’re 22 or 92, it offers peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones, as you will be safe in the knowledge that yo...

What is child maintenance?

What is child maintenance? Child maintenance helps with providing for your child and their everyday living costs. Child maintenance is ordinarily paid from the non resident parent to the parent the child lives with. However, if both parents share the...

Can I claim compensation if someone attacks me?

There were almost 1.4 million estimated cases of violent assault in England and Wales, according to latest numbers from the Office of National Statistics. Unfortunately, this figure hasn’t changed in the last three years and doesn’t include unreporte...

The dangers of out of date wills

You may think that once you have written a will, that’s it, job done. However, as you go through life and things change, your wishes and what you’ve put in your will are likely to change along with them. Changes that may alter the wishes that you put...

Divorce process explained

If you are about to seek a divorce, it is likely you might have some questions about what actually happens and how long the process is. It can be daunting entering into the divorce process, but our team of family law professionals will help guide you...

Landlords: How to choose the best tenants

Rent arrears, antisocial behaviour, and vandalism  are some of the worries and potential problems a landlord may have concerns about when choosing their tenants. In fact, 47% of landlords have reported to have had issues with tenants not paying the r...

What happens if I die without a Will?

If you die without making a Will, it is possible that those you care most about will not benefit from your estate after your death. Similarly, if a family member dies without making a will, then you may not inherit from their estate....

11 ways you can add value to your property

The average house price in England was £247,886, according to the latest available data from the official UK House Price Index. If you want to maximise the value of your property, there are several ways you can achieve this. From the smaller fixes if...

Child Arrangements Following Divorce

Divorce undoubtedly changes your family dynamic. However, with planning and consideration on how best to move forward with your family this can help to minimise any disturbance and focus on enjoying your life in the future.   There is inevitably goin...

Prenups, unromantic or practical?

  Pre-nups might seem unromantic, but are they important to have? Of course, we would never enter into a marriage without thinking it was going to last forever, but do you need a safety net just in case? We take a look at prenuptial agreements,...

What is a PostNuptial Agreement?

There’s a good chance you will be familiar with prenups, what they are and why it is a good idea to get one. But are you aware of postnups? A postnuptial agreement is very similar to a prenuptial agreement, the only exception is that it is put into p...

Talking to your children about your LPA

It might seem like a difficult topic to broach, but talking to your children about your lasting power of attorney is essential. What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that details who will make important decisi...

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 if you get bitten by a dog?

In the last decade hospital admissions for dog attacks rose by 76%, according to figures released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. RSPCA figures show that 37 people have been killed by dogs between 1991 and 2016, 28 of which were...

National Spouses Day

What makes for a long and happy marriage? It is perhaps one of the biggest questions in life that doesn’t actually have a clear answer. Most people before their wedding day will try and seek wisdom from those who have been married for decades....

The bears are a necessity

Going through medical treatment in hospital is no picnic, but the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) still invited teddy bears to their wards to help children understand and cope with medical procedures. A member of staff, Sue Phillips, r...

What is a Child Arrangements Order?

When a relationship breaks down that involves children, conflicts can arise about who the child or children will live with and spend time. If you’re unable to come to an agreement, then a Child Arrangements Order is usually sought. This order determi...

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