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How soon should you start probate after death of a loved one?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 27th July 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

The recent stay-at-home situation has meant that handling certain complex legal matters, has been more challenging, however, there are now practical ways in place to help you deal with probate and there is plenty of guidance available to explain how the process works.

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Settlement Agreements- Everything You Need To Know

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 26th May 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

When an employer mentions offering a Settlement Agreement, many employees will not have come across this term let alone understand if they are getting a fair deal, so here's what a Settlement Agreement is and how it can benefit you.

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Online Divorce Services

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 28th April 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

Crosby & Woods are pleased to announce that we have been approved to use the HMCTS online services. Gone are the days of piling up paper files for divorce, and now is the time to turn to digital divorce management...

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Coronavirus- How To Manage Child Contact Arrangements

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 31st March 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

The recent Coronavirus crisis has created a multitude of extremely complex issues for UK Family Law. We have received a staggering number of enquiries recently from worried parents who are divorced or separated, raising concerns about how to manage sharing their children during self-isolation.

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Conveyancing News: Proposed Stamp Duty Reform

  • Author: Dean Skinner
  • Posted on: 28th February 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

During his leadership campaign, Boris Johnson proposed raising the threshold of Stamp Duty Land Tax for residential properties from £125,000 to £500,000 in addition to lowering the top rate (properties over £1.5million) from 12% to 7%.

The thought behind this was that it would stimulate the lethargic housing market, with the high cost of Stamp Duty frequently cited as an added obstacle to potential buyers. The proposed Stamp Duty reform would not only benefit first-time buyers but would also help second-steppers and others who want to move but are reluctant because of the costs involved.

It was also mooted… Read more

Will proposed divorce law reform benefit you?

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 30th January 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

The decision to divorce is never an easy one, and January is known to be the most common month to initiate a marital split… With the joy of the festive season long gone – and possibly struggling with family tensions or financial pressure as a result of Christmas, or having deferred action to avoid disruption – the start of a fresh New Year can often cause couples to re-evaluate their futures.

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COVID-19- Buying or Selling Your Home

  • Author: Dean Skinner
  • Posted on: 8th January 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

For many UK homeowners, there has been a lot of confusion about how the buying and selling process works whilst the country is on lockdown during the Coronavirus crisis. Many people will already be at different stages of the conveyancing process wondering what to do next,

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Make Sure Your Last Wishes Are Clear- Will Writing Advice

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 17th December 2019
  • Posted On: Blog

There are a growing number of cases we have seen where disputes have arisen upon death and when the provisions in a Will (if one exists at all) have left some people excluded from being beneficiaries who might otherwise have believed, or been led to believe, that they would be provided for.

It is of course only fair that everyone has the absolute right to decide who they wish to benefit from their Estate and whilst this can result in what on the face of it might appear to be harsh or unreasonable exclusion, not least where the excluded party is… Read more

When is the right age to make a Will?

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 28th November 2019
  • Posted On: Blog

Some People Seem to be Living Longer...

which is a good thing, but many older people generally, or younger people who may have been involved in accidents or unforeseen health traumas, may lose the ability to look after themselves or their affairs and may ultimately require constant medical attention.

In these circumstances, it is advisable for everyone, as part of ordinary life planning, to take simple steps which may improve the quality of life for themselves and their loved ones and which may enable future problems to be more easily dealt with and which will provide peace of mind moving forward.

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Commercial Lease Heads of Terms (HOTs) - What are they and why are they important?

  • Author: Patrick 'Pat' Richards
  • Posted on: 22nd October 2019
  • Posted On: Blog

Armed with a sound business plan, the usual referees (bank, accountant, trade) lined up, off I go searching for (usually) leasehold retail premises. Either privately, or through a commercial selling agent, I find exactly where and what suits my venture. I even have a friendly and helpful solicitor with the right experience and contacts who might be willing to offer a brief and free initial consultation.

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