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Will you be stepping onto the property ladder this Spring?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 27th March 2017
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With the clocks going forward and the promise of sunnier days, Spring is a time when many people are starting to seriously consider putting their homes on the market to upsize, downsize, relocate or take a step onto the property ladder. 

For our Conveyancing department this time of year generally sees a surge in Conveyancing enquiries as buyers and sellers are in the mood to make a move. There are inevitable changes to Landlord Tax due in April 2017 which many Buy To Let landlords will be bracing themselves for, but we do not expect this to have a… Read more

Streamlining the house moving process

  • Author: Dean Skinner
  • Posted on: 9th March 2017
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The Conveyancing Association recently revealed its plans to modernise the home moving process in a bid to tackle the following historical issues faced by homeowners, conveyancers, estate agents and mortgage lenders:

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Drivers in Sussex still using mobiles behind the wheel

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 2nd March 2017
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Most drivers by now will be aware that driving whilst using a mobile phone or similar hand-held device is illegal. There is no grey area on this matter it is simply not allowed, and if you are caught then you will be subject to serious consequences which will depend upon the severity of the offence.

Why is it then that drivers are still flouting the law and as reported in The Argus recently, motorists in Sussex?

The article reports on drivers in the Sussex area who have been caught on camera using their mobiles behind the wheel. There is… Read more

Term time holiday ban criminalisation or choice?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 23rd February 2017
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There are pros and cons to both positions regarding this matter as reported in The Guardian recently, it could be argued that schools do need such rules for them to function effectively.

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Homeowners beware of the property trap

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 17th February 2017
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Getting a foot on the property ladder can be one of the biggest achievements in life, especially when so many people in the UK are struggling to pull together a deposit, secure a viable mortgage and find a home they like and can actually afford. It is one thing to survive the house buying process without suffering too much stress, but to find out that your ownership rights are not quite what you were expecting would be a shock and distressing for anyone who might find themselves in that situation.

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Settlement Agreements to Resolve Workplace Disputes

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 8th February 2017
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A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding ‘contract’ between an employer and an employee to bring an end to a working relationship in a way that gives certainty and finality for both parties. The majority of employers and employees would view this method to be a much better way of resolving workplace disputes than to have to face the stress and uncertainty of possible Court or Tribunal proceedings

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Living Longer Increases Divorce Rates

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 3rd February 2017
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Can living longer really increase chances of divorce? 

The suggestion that a longer life span can increase the likelihood of divorce may come as a surprise to many couples, especially when there is so much relationship advice and support available to encourage couples to look at other options before considering a separation or divorce.

Why then should living longer lead to a relationship breakdown?

The thought process behind this as discussed in a recent article in The Telegraph is:

"during that longer timespan we’re encouraged to assume a wider range of roles than we’ve ever taken… Read more

Would you celebrate your union with a post-nuptial agreement?

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 24th January 2017
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What is a post-nuptial agreement and do I need one?

A post nuptial agreement is "a contract that is drawn up after marriage or a couple have formed a civil partnership. The Agreement provides details on how the couple’s assets and property would be split in the event of the couple divorcing, separating or upon death."

The post-nuptial agreement may be seen by some as an unromantic and pessimistic act, however for many couples it can offer security and peace of mind, especially if they have experienced the breakdown of a marriage or relationship in the past. This Read more

Is it time to start saving for your future?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 18th January 2017
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When to start paying into a pension and planning for the future The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have recently reported that the average spend of a retired household in the UK is £21,770, which is just less than that of a non-retired household at £28,481, these are very close figures by comparison.

BBC News have published a helpful article highlighting the contributions required in order to achieve a pension pot of £20,000, this is looking at average earnings of £26,364 per year as well as the age that men and women start to save. The thought of… Read more

Lasting Power of Attorney- Protect yourself and your loved ones with professional advice

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 16th January 2017
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A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to give someone you trust the legal authority to act on your behalf in terms of your financial affairs and important Health & Welfare decisions should you lack the mental capacity to do so, or if you prefer to no longer make certain decisions in the future.

With many people using online resources to manage their affairs, a Lasting Power of Attorney can be completed online, however as this recent story in the BBC News reminds us, a Power of Attorney gives an Attorney potentially full control over your finances and… Read more