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Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.
Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.

Having just spent a week on a narrow boat in the rain with the long-suffering Martin, our four adult children, a couple of partners and the dog I thought this month I would consider what constitutes...

Recent changes to Help to Buy Scheme set to help homeowners
Recent changes to Help to Buy Scheme set to help homeowners

The number of purchasers taking out a mortgage of more than 25 years has increased significantly in recent times. Therefore going forward, people using Help to Buy to purchase their property will...

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...