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On December 4, 2018

Conveyancing at Christmas

It’s a well-known fact that the housing market suddenly grinds to a halt around Christmas time and it’s during this downtime that property lawyers like us get the chance to tie up loose ends and prepare ourselves for the mad new year housing rush. If you are wanting to be ahead of the game with
On November 16, 2018

Talk Money Week: The Costs of Conveyancing

Talk Money Week is a recognition of the importance of breaking down the taboo, encouraging people to have a conversation about money and so, we’re talking the costs of conveyancing. What is it? Conveyancing is the legal transfer of home ownership from the seller, to the buyer. It begins as soon as an offer on
On November 8, 2018

5 Reasons You Need to Update Your Will

When life gets in the way, the Will you once had prepared can soon become forgotten about. However, it’s exactly when these big life events occur, that you need to reflect and amend your Will to suit your new life circumstances. Birth The arrival of a new child or grandchild can be an important factor
On October 18, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the Party Wall Act 1996

What is it? The Party Wall Act 1996 is in place to prevent and resolve issues that arise in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near to neighbouring buildings. It is separate from obtaining planning permission but, is vital to protect both you and your neighbours from disputes during periods of home improvement
On October 4, 2018

3 First Steps to Getting on to the Property Ladder

Owning your first home can be quite the challenge no matter how old you are. At times, frustration can take over but, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Below are our best steps to help you get your foot in the door and onto the property ladder. 1. Start Saving The very first thing
On September 17, 2018

What Should I Do If My Tenants Don’t Pay?

It’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to tenancy and this is certainly true when it comes to unpaid rent. Although it can be a stressful situation for you as the landlord, it is important to remember that there may be an unfortunate reason behind the lack of payment from your tenant’s side. So,
On September 3, 2018

Avoid Falling Victim to Solicitor Scams with These 5 Tips

Criminals presenting themselves as solicitors is a common occurrence nowadays, which sees an attempt to scam you of your money. The 5 tips below should ensure that you are fully aware of the possible scams in place and how to successfully avoid them. 1. Don’t be deceived Even if the supposed solicitor has a professional
On August 19, 2018

Power of Attorney: Guide to Managing Loved Ones’ Finances

It can be a difficult issue to consider, and even asking the question of how to get power of attorney may seem daunting, but the time may come when you need to take over the finances of a loved one. Where mental incapacity exists, legal power of attorney enables you to take control of your
On August 5, 2018

Tenants in Common: What is it and how will it affect my mortgage?

Many couples – or groups of friends – who are first time buyers are unaware that there are two different agreements to choose from, to co-own your property. One is to become joint tenants, with a joint mortgage. The other is known as “tenants in common”. Don’t be misled by the use of the word
On July 15, 2018

A guide to making your will

Making a will is not the most thrilling job you have to complete, but it is essential if you want the peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones are properly provided for in the event of your death. Leaving a will ensures that your assets are distributed exactly as you wish, with no