Landlord and tenant disputes

26th Mar 2021

When someone rents a house or a flat, it is the beginning of a commercial relationship. The fact that the property becomes the tenant’s home shouldn’t divert attention from the reality of the situation: the landlord and the tenant will each have certain legitimate expectations and forma...

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Best-laid plans?

12th Mar 2021

Rishi Sunak’s announcement in last week’s Budget that inheritance tax (IHT) is essentially to remain as it is will come as a relief to many. It had been feared that both IHT and Capital Gains Tax (the tax paid on the increased value of something you sell) would be targeted as part of th...

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Is your Will up-to-date?

5th Mar 2021

It’s useful to think of your Will as a reflection of your situation and your wishes at a particular time. When a client comes to us to talk about making a Will, they tell us about their family set-up, their assets, their intentions when it comes to passing on the things they own. These are al...

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An act of control

26th Feb 2021

A Sky News headline caught our eye a few days ago: ‘Judge condemns man who installed camera in living room to spy on his wife’. According to the report, the man’s wife was shocked to find out about the camera. He, on the other hand, didn’t appear to think it was ‘out o...

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Let’s live together

12th Feb 2021

Moving in with a partner is a relationship milestone. While it is an exciting time in two people’s lives, rushing in without thinking through the practicalities - how bills will be split, how the property will be owned, for example – could cause problems further down the line. It’...

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What does it mean to be an attorney?

29th Jan 2021

When a person is appointed an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney, they take on a significant responsibility. For some, this can be a daunting prospect. An attorney makes certain decisions on behalf of a person (the ‘donor’) who no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions...

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Business LPAs

15th Jan 2021

We all know that planning for the future is a really sensible move. But it’s something many people put off. Planning for what life may have in store isn’t always seen as a priority; it may even be something you’d rather not think about. Uncertain as the future is, there can be rea...

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Losing the ability to make decisions

9th Dec 2020

For many people, the coronavirus pandemic has brought into focus the fragility of life. It has also been a lesson in just how quickly the things we all consider to be ‘normal’ can be taken away from daily life.   Now, imagine if you were to lose mental capacity and become unab...

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Is now the time to divorce?

6th Nov 2020

It’s a sign of these times that planning may seem rather futile. Uncertainty is rife, and most of us are resigned to putting arrangements on hold for the time being. However, life goes on and as Family Law solicitors, we are continuing to see the pressures that are on families, whether compou...

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