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Lasting Powers of Attorney Update

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It seems good to know that in this time of continued and ever tightening austerity that HM Government has decided that as a result of reported increased efficiencies at the Office of the Public Guardian which led to it being able to recover more than its...

Divorce D-Day

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In January each year the media always carries reports of “Divorce D-Day”.  The actual date of “D-Day” varies from year to year, but typically it will be the first day of the year upon which law firms reopen following the...

The Pandora's Box ...... Prenuptial Agreements and Enforceability

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Prenuptial agreements are becoming ever more common with more couples marrying for the second time and wishing to preserve pre acquired wealth for their children and first timers wanting to protect their assets. More judicial help is now available thanks to...

Inheritance Claims

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“Inheritance claim” is the commonly used name to describe special claims that are made against a deceased’s estate under the statutory framework created by the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which operates in...

Chancel Repair Liability

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Most of us now know that Chancel Repair Liability has ceased to be an overriding interest on property recently.  It happened on 13 October 2013.  For a liability to now bind future purchasers of property it must have been registered against the...

Property Information Forms

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Selling a home is seldom as straight forward as we would like to think and knowing this The Law Society has produced a new edition of the Property Information Form which has been in use for many years in conveyancing. It is not surprising that it is now...

Minority Shareholders

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There are many instances where minority shareholders in limited companies feel that their interests in the company are not being properly looked after, and who may have been subjected to excesses of power and self dealing by those who are in control of the...

Japanese Knotweed

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It must seem strange to many who have only recently heard of Japanese Knotweed for the first time that something that has apparently hit the headlines so suddenly from out of the blue should now represent such a major risk to property buying and selling....

Do you have to register your Private Sewage System?

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The government abandoned its original deadline of 1 January 2012 for registration in England last year because it realised that the new rules had not been adequately publicised and nobody seemed to know about them. The Environment Agency was asked to carry...

Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney - what's the difference?

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They are both intended to enable a person (the donor) to appoint another person (the attorney) to look after his affairs if the donor becomes mentally incapable. Since 1 October 2007 you can no longer make Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). EPAs made before...

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