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The multiple hats that can be worn when named in a Will
The multiple hats that can be worn when named in a Will

Sometimes for a named person in a Will, it can be a case of “wearing multiple hats” and potentially four all at the same time by the same person! There’s the beneficiary hat...

Time limits in Inheritance Act claims
Time limits in Inheritance Act claims

Section 4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 imposes a strict time of six months from the date of the Grant of Probate. If you want to issue a claim after six months...

Will Challenges and Property Transfers
Will Challenges and Property Transfers

There was an interesting decision in the High Court at the end of last month which considered both the validity of a Will and a claim to determine ownership of a flat. The case of Baxter v Todd...

The importance of an Inventory
The importance of an Inventory

As of June 2019, tenancy deposits have been capped at no more than 5 week’s rent (where the annual rent is up to £50,000) under The Tenant Fees Act 2019. This is one of the measures...

Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession
Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession

Adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the identified legal owner of land can acquire legal title by possessing land for a specific period of time. The following need to be...

Diary of a First Time Buyer (Part three)
Diary of a First Time Buyer (Part three)

Having recently returned from our holiday (the wedding was fantastic!), we resumed our house research. The saying goes, ‘Once bitten, twice shy’, but we were more careful this time round....

Defending a claim under the Inheritance Act
Defending a claim under the Inheritance Act

If you are a beneficiary or a personal representative it can come as a shock to learn of a claim against the estate. You may be unsure of what you should do and how you can protect the estate from...

Legally Speaking: Unregistered Properties
Legally Speaking: Unregistered Properties

I thought I might start with a caravanning update. Our caravan came with an air awning, which the salesman assured us was the simplest available; slide it into the awning rail, attach the electric...

Bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act
Bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act

When someone close to you dies and does not provide for you either within their Will or under the Intestacy Rules you may wonder if there is anything you can do. Whilst the starting point is that...

Diary of a First Time Buyer (Part two)
Diary of a First Time Buyer (Part two)

Update from last week’s blog: we saw a house we liked, made a reduced offer (by £7000) which was accepted! We now have to get a mortgage… To broker or not to broker We...