Powers of Attorney or Deputyship Orders – why do I need them?

At a time when we are growing to a greater age than ever before, the benefit of having Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is increasingly important, not just because of the greater numbers living with dementia but because they also make day to day living easier for those living with physical infirmities such as a … Continue reading Powers of Attorney or Deputyship Orders – why do I need them?

Contractual terms- Letters of Intent & Implied Terms

Some thoughts regarding contractual terms: Letters of intent When trying to conclude a commercial deal it is tempting for the parties to use a ‘letter of intent’ to cover the points on which they cannot agree. A letter of intent is a temporary binding or non-binding agreement before formal negotiations are concluded. Typically letters of … Continue reading Contractual terms- Letters of Intent & Implied Terms

Commercial Tenancy Agreements- Tenants, be aware of your rights

In this week’s blog, we look at commercial tenancy ‘agreements’ and licences. In today’s uncertain property market, when you are looking to occupy commercial premises, a short-term ‘tenancy agreement’ could be just what you are looking for, giving you flexibility to adapt as your situation changes. Some landlords are keen to offer short-term tenancies, possibly … Continue reading Commercial Tenancy Agreements- Tenants, be aware of your rights

Understanding the divorce procedure

As a Family Law Solicitor I have had many clients come to me with enquiries about divorce but have been unaware or confused by the exact divorce procedure. Therefore I wanted to write this post to explain the process to future clients to help you understand each the entire process and what it entails. There … Continue reading Understanding the divorce procedure

SDLT Surcharge causing cashflow problems

SDLT Surcharge causing cashflow problems Hopefully you are aware of the additional Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on second homes?  Put simply, if you buy a residential property and already own, or have a share of ownership, in any other property worldwide then you have to pay an additional 3% of the purchase price in … Continue reading SDLT Surcharge causing cashflow problems

If we wait until we are ready we will be waiting for the rest of our lives

The week from 13th May to 19th May 2019 is awareness week for Dying Matters.  Dying Matters say that “if we wait until we are ready we will be waiting for the rest of our lives”.  They are encouraging people to talk about dying, death and bereavement which is something people firmly do not like … Continue reading If we wait until we are ready we will be waiting for the rest of our lives

Not a great week… for Gavin Williamson or Liverpool FC.

This has not been a good week for the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, or for fans of Liverpool! Issues of breach of national security have surrounded discussions of the National Security Council meeting since last week. Of course, these involve particular concerns under the Official Secrets Act as well as issues of trust and confidence. … Continue reading Not a great week… for Gavin Williamson or Liverpool FC.

What help is available if you have been diagnosed with Dementia?

What help is available if you have been diagnosed with Dementia? If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Dementia, you may be feeling scared, nervous about the future and unable to take everything in. Your thoughts will be focused on how you will cope and what care you might need, and access … Continue reading What help is available if you have been diagnosed with Dementia?

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’