Speeding up the sale of my house

You have made the decision to move, perhaps you want an extra bedroom, or maybe the kids have moved out and you are downsizing to a smaller property.  You have had the house valued, chosen an estate agent and it is about to go on the market.  You may even have found the perfect place … Continue reading Speeding up the sale of my house

The end to the ‘Blame Game’

This week divorce laws in England and Wales were altered so couples can split faster, and it is hoped, with less acrimony. Currently, one spouse must allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for the divorce proceedings to begin immediately. Now, they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. … Continue reading The end to the ‘Blame Game’

Is Your Dash Cam Legal?

Is Your Dash Cam Legal? Car dash cams are being increasingly popular.  Research carried out by Aviva found that more than 1 in 4 drivers currently use a dash cam on UK roads.  Of the drivers who have a dash cam installed, almost 3 in 4 believe that other drivers should have them. A dash … Continue reading Is Your Dash Cam Legal?

Annual exemptions- Use them or lose them

The new tax year is nearly upon us. This brings increased tax exemptions and allowances. However one tax allowance that seems to be consistent in value is the annual exemption which has remained the same since April 1982.  It is available to anyone domiciled in the UK. Did you know that you can give away … Continue reading Annual exemptions- Use them or lose them

Leases- “To be contracted out, or not to be contracted out, that is the question”

In advising tenant clients I often come across those who are not familiar with the status of their lease tenancy in respect of how secure it is at the expiry of the lease. In brief the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (L&T Act) governs whether at the end of a lease term if the landlord … Continue reading Leases- “To be contracted out, or not to be contracted out, that is the question”

Check your eligibility for LPA refund

Check your eligibility for LPA refund This weeks blog focuses on an important topic regarding a refund you could be due. As reported in the news around 1.8million people are owed a refund. This is in relation to being overcharged for their lasting power of attorney (LPA) fee. Here at Clarke & Son we are … Continue reading Check your eligibility for LPA refund

The Overriding Objective

The Courts are guided by the Civil Procedure Rules to deal with cases justly and at proportionate costs, this is known as the ‘overriding objective’. The Courts will try to promote the overriding objective by: Saving expense – the Court and the parties must work towards “saving expense” by preventing unnecessary expenditure and making litigation more affordable; … Continue reading The Overriding Objective

Charitable Donations in Wills

Charitable Donations in Wills – What are the Benefits? Free Wills Scheme During the last two weeks Clarke & Son have been supporting local charity, St Michael’s Hospice, with their “Will for Free” scheme which sees people making a donation to the hospice in lieu of paying us to have their Wills drafted.  This scheme … Continue reading Charitable Donations in Wills

Making a Will & The Intestacy Rules- Why they’re important to you

In 2008 a friend of mine, Mandy, lost her brother, John, to cancer.  He was 35 years old and left behind a long-term partner, Jane. During a recent visit, whilst talking about Wills, I asked Mandy if her parents had made a Will and she replied “My parents don’t need a Will. If anything happens … Continue reading Making a Will & The Intestacy Rules- Why they’re important to you

Incorporating your own company

Incorporating your own company If you have decided to set up either a limited liability company or a limited liability partnership, there are a few points which you need to consider. Company nameYour company can only have a name that is not already registered by another company.  In order to check whether your company name … Continue reading Incorporating your own company