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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,...

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...

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. How do...

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...

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...

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. However, there is a myth tha...

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...

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. In fact,...

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...

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 chec...

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...

Is the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ in trouble?

With millennial’s struggling to reach the bottom rung of the UK housing market now more than ever, it has fallen to the ‘bank of mum and dad’ to give them a boost – but now even they are beginning to feel the pinch. One in 4 properties bo...

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. This gives...

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...

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