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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 your finances and welfare h...

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 day to day responsibilit...

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 unreported assaults. If you’ve bee...

The dangers of out of date wills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 in your original will mi...

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 through every stage of t...

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 rent on time. There are ho...

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. Dying without a will is known as dying “I...

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 you’re on a budget to th...

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 going to be be some disruptio...

Does a broken arm justify making a compensation claim?

The answer to this question is yes – provided you think your injury might have been caused by somebody else. That might be due to them doing something dangerous (for example, causing a vehicle crash). It might be due to them failing to do something they ought to have d...

What Happens if I’m Facing a Financial Dispute?

If you find yourselves facing financial hardship, or disagreements concerning money start to arise, it can trigger family issues. How much money you have, how you’re spending your money and debt are all important areas that can impact on a relationship.   And in the midst of...

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 they are, who they’r...

Freehold vs leasehold: What’s the difference?

If you’re house hunting, especially if you’re looking to buy your own flat, you may have noticed there’s a section called “Tenure.” This is where you’ll find out if a property is being sold under leasehold or freehold terms. So, what’s the difference between a freehold and a...

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 place after you have enter...

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 decisions either about your fin...

How much can 310k get you in the property market?

Zoopla revealed that the average price paid for property in England and Wales was £310,757 in January 2019! But what does this mean for you? From London to Sunderland, here’s exactly what you can get for around the £310,000 mark in England at the moment… Studio Flat, £310,00...

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.    What happens if I don’t...

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 attacked by dogs that ar...

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. How do they do it? And what is...

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, raised £200 through a crow...

Blue Monday

Blue Monday is here again, a day claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. But amidst the January blues, non-stop Brexit coverage and threats of snow, there’s been some cracking stories in the news that you may have missed. So to brighten up your day a little bit, h...

Property search secrets to finding your dream home

Every year, around 5% of the British population move home – that’s about 300,000 people! But finding your dream home doesn’t have to be hard. With prior planning and a clear vision you can increase your chances of finding your ideal home in your dream location. Follow...

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 feeling motivated, but strugg...

The biggest personal injury settlements in the UK

Over three million people in the UK are injured in an accident on average every year. If the accident wasn’t the injured person’s fault then they could be eligible to claim compensation. But not everyone knows how, and even if, they can claim compensation on an accident or c...

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 with regards to how long...

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 way as if they were marr...

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. However, there is a myth that there are several reaso...

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. You just need to ensure that you are stay...

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 North East at 1.9% to £128,...

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. In fact, 428 people with Facebook...

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 relationship there are sever...

Top 10 Tips for Moving House in Bad Weather

  We bet you can’t wait to move into your new home just in time for Christmas. Are we right? Your first tree in your new house, and the first of many memories to be made with your friends and family. But besides all of the usual packing and checking documents with solic...

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 public liability claims. T...

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 keys to their new home. It...

What happens if I don’t make a power of attorney

Talking or even thinking about what would happen if you lost the capacity to manage your own affairs can be uncomfortable and distressing. But with 1 in 3 over-65s developing dementia, planning for every scenario is the best way to make sure you keep control of your life and...

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 nothing” or “It’s only a f...

Is there a time limit for personal injury claims?

At Birchall Blackburn Law we provide free initial legal advice on your personal injury claim. If we then decide that you have a decent case, we will act for you on a “No win – No fee” basis so  If you recently had an accident through no fault of your own there is nothing for...

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 debts, collecting in the a...

Highly Commended at the Law Firm Society Awards

Birchall Blackburn Law conveyancers are celebrating success in the Law Firm Services (LFS) conveyancing awards. The awards  were announced on wednesday 19th September during a ceremony at Birmingham’s prestigious Vox Centre.  Following a rigorous process in which the judges...

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 partner at Birchall Blackburn...

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 solicitor and from that point...

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 do to minimise the chances...

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 many tenants know about dil...

In an unhappy marriage? It’s not grounds for divorce

If you’re in an unhappy marriage, should you be allowed to divorce your spouse, or made to stay? That was the decision the supreme court had to come to yesterday (25th July 2018) with the case of Owens v Owens. Tini Owens is in her late 60’s and has been married to husband H...

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 the firm has scooped this...

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 technology that many of us though...

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 first or 50th home, what shou...

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 decisions on their behalf, in...

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 travelled to the west coast...

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 become severe enough to affect...

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 couples, or civil partners, who...

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 Birchall Blackburn Law sta...

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. There has since been a stat...

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 firm’s Chorley office on...

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. And don’t forget about your pets! H...

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 equally between two of his...

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’re out. But are you commit...

Break clauses for tenants in property leases explained

A break clause is a provision in a lease enabling the landlord or tenant to end the lease prior to the expiry of the contractual term. Jennifer McGowan, commercial property solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law, explains why great care needs to be taken when attempting to exer...

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Can I claim compensation for a delay to my medical care?

We regularly see that delays in medical tests, diagnosis and treatment can have life-changing conseq...

Artificial intelligence could help save a person’s sight

A new diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify eye conditions could mean faster...

Medical negligence and informed consent

It is a legal requirement for a patient to give informed consent before any medical treatment can go...

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection. It is the most common...

Better rights for unmarried couples after death of long-term partners

Unmarried partners in long-term relationship have had their rights improved after the death of a par...