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Do pedestrians always have right of way on roads?

The short answer to this question is no. Many of us are stepping outside once a day to make the most of our exercise regime during this difficult time. It is a good time to remind ourselves how to observe the law and keep safe when it comes to pedestrians and drivers.  When...

Home-school road safety tips to teach your kids

No matter how old your children are, it’s always a good idea to keep their knowledge fresh. Whether they’ve just started nursery or they’re in their last year of school, there’s always something about road safety you can teach your kids – even if you’re currently...

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. Last year the National Police Chiefs Council ran a national campaign to crackdown on drivers usin...

Should I make a prenuptial agreement?

Although prenuptial agreements may sound like an unromantic topic to talk about, they are arguably the best way to ensure there is as little conflict as possible over property and financial assets should your marriage come to an end. What is a prenuptial agreement? Prenuptia...

Do I need a divorce lawyer if we agree on everything?

It is not unheard of for a marriage to have broken down and for both parties to agree that divorce is the best choice. You may wonder if you need an expert divorce lawyer to assist you through the divorce process. Whilst it is not set in stone that you must instruct a lawyer...

11 ways you can add value to your property

The average house price in the UK is £235,298, according to the latest available data from the official UK House Price Index – a year-on-year increase of 2.2%.   However, if you’re looking to maximise the value of your property, there are several ways you can ach...

What happens during a divorce?

If your marriage has broken down and you’re thinking of divorce, it is important to understand what happens during the divorce process. ‘Divorce’ refers to the official ending of your marriage contract. There are several other matters that will need to be dealt with when you...

What are the grounds for divorce?

If you believe your marriage has broken down and you’re looking into divorce, it is important to know what the grounds for divorce actually are. In the United Kingdom, there is only one legal ground for divorce, which is the ‘irretrievable breakdown of a marriage’. You can o...

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 your employer for workplace stress?

Now that the festive season is over, it’s back to work for many of us. 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?  I...

What happens to your online life after you die?

Around 67% of the UK population are regular users of social media – that’s over 45 million people! The majority of us are active on our accounts every single day. Sometimes we can’t even go hours without checking it, posting on our timelines, sharing pictures, and chat...

Conveyancing Process Steps for Buyers and Sellers

The conveyancing process differs from case to case, but generally there is an order to it. Here’s a rough breakdown of what you can expect from conveyancing, whether you’re a buyer or seller! The Conveyancing Process for the Seller You agree the sale price with the buyer and...

Civil Partnerships extended to opposite-sex couples

From this week, couples of the opposite sex will be able to register their intent for a civil partnership. After a hard-fought campaign and legal challenge spanning half a decade from the Equal Civil Partnership Campaign Group, with campaigners Dr Rebecca Steinfeld and Charl...

The role of social media in divorce

Social media usage is growing by the day, and so is it’s impact on our relationships. Since social media’s launch in the early 2000s, it has gone from strength to strength and changed the way in which we interact with the world. Sites like Facebook and Instagram allow us a d...

Moving to…Preston

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 head to the small but mighty city of Prest...

Where should I keep my Will? 

A Will is a very important document – so where should you keep it?  There are plenty of options and no legal requirements as to where you keep your Will.  However, some options are better than others. When deciding where to keep your Will, you need to make sure that yo...

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...

Moving to…Chorley

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 and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look at life in the community...

What happens to cryptocurrency when we die?

Presently, there are over 1,600 different cryptocurrencies in the world. Bitcoin is by far the most popular cryptocurrency at the moment, with 32 million Bitcoin wallets set and 7.1 million active Bitcoin users.  What happens to a person’s cryptocurrency when they die? We ta...

Preparing to sell your commercial property

Not only does commercial property account for 13% of the value of all buildings in the UK, the actual value itself was £883 million according to latest data.  So, the question is, what’s the best way to go about preparing for the sale of your commercial property? There are m...

Moving to…Southport

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 and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look at life in the Merseysid...

What to do when someone dies without a Will

Making a will has many advantages. However, many people die without leaving a valid will and this then poses two big questions: • “Who is entitled to deal with the estate?” and • “Who will inherit?” When someone dies without making a Will, it isn’t always clear who can legal...

Why might a Will be invalid?

Many people mistakenly believe if they write a Will, that’s all they need to do. However, as life goes on, personal and financial circumstances can change, which may affect the terms of your Will.   The law sets out the rules which govern the validity of Wills.   Why should...

6 reasons to go for a new-build house

From January to March this year 162,270 new houses were built by private developers, with plenty more on the way later this year. There are several reasons to opt for a new-build house, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Here are just a few of the best reasons to buy a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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