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Family and children and coronavirus FAQs

We are living in worrying times and while we are all anxious about the health risks arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, there are additional concerns for parents of young children.  Alongside disruption to schooling and usual routines, there may be...

Coronavirus and Will Signing

The current COVID-19 crisis has brought with it many problems, and quite understandably has led to lots of people being conscious of ensuring that their affairs are in order. News would suggest that demand for Wills has increased by 30% during the epidemic,...

When a promise of land or property is not honoured in a will

If you have put your life plans on hold to help out a family member who has promised to leave you land or property in their will by way of reward, you will understandably feel aggrieved where they fail to make good on this. Whether there is anything you can...

Where will our children live if we separate?

Following separation parents usually want to minimise any disruption to their children, ensuring that they soon settle into a new routine - whether that is in the existing family home, or following a move to a new home.  Where your children will live...

Not so safe at work - compensation for an accident at work

Despite the UK’s extensive health and safety legislation lots of people still suffer serious injury at their place of work. The industries where accidents are statistically most likely to occur are manufacturing, construction, transportation and...

When your partner owns the property and you pay the bills- what rights do you have to your home if you separate?

If your partner owned their home when you moved in together, then it is not uncommon to agree to pay all or most of the bills as a way of sharing living costs without the hassle of changing the mortgage paperwork or the legal title. When a relationship has...

Problems entering a neighbour's land to repair property

There are many reasons you might need access to your neighbour’s land to repair or maintain your property and it can be difficult to know what to do if your request for access is refused. The general rule is that to go onto someone else’s...

New organ donation law: giving you control

Around 6,000 people in the UK are on the transplant waiting list; and in 2018 alone, at least one person a day died while waiting for a transplant, according to the NHS. New laws on organ donation consent are coming into force in Spring 2020 which the...

Choosing attorneys for your lasting power of attorney

Everyone should have lasting power of attorney, along with a will, and in setting this up you will need to appoint people to act as your attorney to look after your affairs if you become unable to.  You need to consider very carefully who you will...

Taking your first commercial lease

Some of the world’s most successful companies have started at home or in a garage, but at some point it makes sense to move to business premises.  Committing to your first commercial lease is an important step in the life of a young business and...

Practical considerations when mediating a business dispute

If your business is involved in a dispute and it is proving impossible to reach an agreement, then it may be time to seek professional advice from a third party.  Rather than heading straight to court, an alternative approach is to attempt to seek a...

Solving a boundary dispute without going to court

Homeowners who feel that the boundary at their property is not where it should be, or that a neighbour’s extension goes over an existing boundary line, could go to court to have this dispute determined.  This is usually only viable if you have...

Development proposals and your local authority search

When it comes to choosing a new home, your future surroundings can be as important as the building itself. But could somebody else’s development plans affect your property? Mr Steve Taylor, a residential conveyancing expert with Malcolm C Foy...

Making a will after a second or subsequent marriage

Without a valid will that says otherwise, your spouse may inherit most if not all of your assets on your death and any children you have from previous marriages could be left with little or nothing.  This is why more and more cases are being brought...

Valuing an estate for probate

Valuing an estate for probate When someone dies, all the assets in the estate will need to be valued as early possible for two key reasons.  Firstly, an estate valuation must be provided to the probate court before probate will be granted.  ...

Hearing the voice of children, when parents separate

Caught in the middle of their parents’ relationship breakdown, it is important that the best interests and wishes of any children are considered.  If parents are separating, they will need to agree the arrangements for where children will live and...

Disagreements and decisions about your children

If you are separated or divorced, you will probably have an arrangement with your ex-partner dealing with where your children live and how often they see their other parent. However, a specific issue might arise not covered by this agreement and on which you...

Challenging a will your relative was pressured into making

Everyone has the right to make a will leaving their money and property to whoever they choose.  But what happens where decisions about who gets what have been unfairly influenced by another person?  Does the will still stand or can it be challenged...

Empty commercial property - risk or opportunity?

If you own a business property which is lying empty, then aside from a poor return on your investment you have a liability on your hands.  ‘The risks faced by an owner of empty property fall into three main categories’ says Nick Pashley...

Getting vacant possession for redevelopment

Where a business tenant has the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, the landlord’s ability to get vacant possession of the property is limited.  A landlord who wants to redevelop must prove that they have a viable scheme and genuinely...

Option or promotion agreement - which is best for landowners?

If you have land that is ripe for development, how do you go about ensuring you get the best possible return on its value?  If you are not experienced in planning and construction, you are likely to need the expertise of a professional developer to...

Service charges in commercial property - new code of conduct

Service charges can be a contentious issue.  Landlords and tenants have a shared interest in making sure the property is well maintained and managed but disputes are common.  New professional guidance for commercial property owners and managers,...

Don't let your digital assets end up in a digital grave

In 2018, according to Forbes, the top ten YouTube stars were earning between $14.5 and $22 million. The top earner was a seven-year old boy named Ryan who reviewed toys for other children. While most of us are not in that league, many people now have a wide...

How to avoid a dispute arising from bailment

From the hire of company cars to the shipping of goods, the term ‘bailment’ encapsulates one of the most common forms of legal relationship for those operating a business.   Racheal Harrison, commercial dispute resolution expert with...