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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 tips for moving house…...

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 places to further your c...

Can you sue your employer for emotional distress?

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 for emotional distress?  If you want to claim against your employer for emotional distress, the determi...

Supervised and unsupervised visitations of children

Co-parenting isn’t always straightforward, and sometimes circumstances may arise in which you no longer feel that your child is safe spending time with their other parent alone. In this instance, you may still want your child to spend time with their other parent, but only w...

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 – three years, even if you d...

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 language. Of course, it is e...

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 beautiful historical city of Che...

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 reported missing, the majority...

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 do so through illness. So...

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 be paid to the Court. You...

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 was just an accident – no...

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” of £273,466 if you choose...

Do you need to apply for Probate if there is a Will?

Many people can be unsure about what happens after someone dies when it comes to dealing with their estate.  It can be a very emotional time, and dealing with solicitors and legal documents can seem daunting and confusing. In this blog, we discuss when it will be necessary t...

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. The deed allows for the bene...

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 in the North West with a...

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 the devastating effects of...

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 legal rights on your share...

Workplace safety checklist: How safe is your workplace?

There were 555,000 non-fatal workplace-related injuries reported by employees last year, according to stats published by HSE. Around 420,000 of these injuries resulted in absences of up to 7 days and 135,000 injuries resulted in absences of more than 7 days. Almost a third o...

Can I claim compensation for a horse riding accident?

Equestrian injuries can happen in many ways. Anecdotal experience of the horse riding community is that individuals are often very quick to shrug their shoulders either blaming themselves for whatever went wrong or repeating the worn out phrase “It’s just the risk you take.”...

Should I give my children their inheritance early? 

Leaving money, property and possessions in your Will to your loved ones after your death seems like a natural thing to do. However, is it a good, or even a better idea to make some of these gifts to friends and family during your life rather than waiting until you’re gone? ...

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 carry out. Who can/should...

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, there is a lot of trust place...

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 of the property.  The su...

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 ways to prepare for your r...

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 specific town or city. Results...

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, insolvency or rent arrears...

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. The start of the chain is a buye...

Do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney if I’m married?

A Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a very important and useful document to have in place for anyone, not just the elderly. What is an LPA? The government website defines an LPA as: “a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorney...

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 another vehicle. This is so...

Do pedestrians always have right of way on roads?

The short answer to this question is no. As summer approaches and we strap on our activity trackers to stride out and count those steps, it is a good time to remind ourselves how to observe the law and keep safe. When pedestrians DO have right of way This is the basic list:...

When is it a good time for collective enfranchisement?

At the last estimate, there were over 4.2 million leasehold properties in the UK, with flats accounting for over two-thirds of this. But how do you know it’s the right time for you and other leaseholders in your building to buy the freehold of the building? We let you in on...

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 national campaign to crac...

Do I have to give my engagement ring back after divorce?

When you give someone an engagement ring, it’s a promise of forever. But what happens if forever doesn’t pan out? Engagement rings are increasingly more and more expensive. So what happens if the wedding is called off or in the event of divorce? Who actually legally owns the...

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 will be adhered to after y...

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. They are responsible for collecting in a...

6 reasons equity release may be the right option for you

Equity release is becoming more popular than ever, reports the Equity Release Council, with 20,397 customers unlocking £936m of property wealth in the last three months alone. So why do people consider equity release as an option? According to the Financial Times, it depends...

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. What is an executor? An...

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 which could suggest a seriou...

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. And for many, as this c...

Do I need to go to court if I’m getting divorced?

During an already unpleasant and emotionally charged time, many worry if they will have to go to court when seeking a divorce. The answer to this all depends on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorce An uncontested divorce is when both spouses...

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 here are the top five Hi...

Do I really need a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney?

The short answer is yes! Part of living a happy and comfortable life is planning ahead. It means you can focus on enjoying life now and not worry about tomorrow. It doesn’t have to take long to make those plans. By simply making a will and a lasting power of attorney, you ca...

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 for at least 12 months and...

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 include.  What is a Will? A W...

What should I do if my relationship is breaking down?

A separation is difficult, regardless of whether you are married or not. But, the steps you need to take will depend on whether you are married or cohabiting. What to do if you’re married? If you want to end your marriage, you are likely to seek a divorce. However, if you’re...

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. Putting a Will in place will provide...

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 liability claims. The Depa...

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 blame has to be placed on o...

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? It is important to have the a...

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 selling time! But someti...

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… Draw your own search area...

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 includes 25,907 new plans....

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? Here we cover what family law is and if a fam...

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, separation and ending civil part...

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. So just how rich are some of these pets? The wo...

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...

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