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The Death of Romance or just plain, open and prudent Financial Planning?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 10th February 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

The Pre-nuptial agreement has always been something that we in the United Kingdom think as being ‘so Hollywood’ and something that only is used by the rich and the famous (or infamous).  That has always been the case here but as this article shows times are changing to reflect better the way many people now choose to live their lives and as importantly, how this wish to ‘manage’ their relationships and their finances can be achieved.

With the divorce rate currently also standing at not far from…

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Private Client Update - Powers of Attorney and how they are relevant to you

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 29th January 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

Have you have ever wondered about Powers of Attorney? What one is and whether you should have one?

Please find below a summery about the difference between General and Lasting Powers of Attorney in relation to your property and financial affairs. 

General Powers of Attorney

You can choose to appoint an Attorney generally to act on your behalf.  In this situation the person will have authority to manage all and…

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Property Update - Help to Buy Government Scheme

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 26th January 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

At Crosby & Woods we are very pleased to see that both the Bank of England and our politicians could see the need for and the benefits that will follow from taking proactive steps to reawaken a property market that has struggled with lack of confidence and an absence of mortgage lending for far too long. Whilst the help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme is not a magic cure for all of these problems, nor will it be suitable for everyone looking to buy and sell, it is at least a step in the…

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January 2014 Property Update

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 15th January 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

David Crosby, Head of Conveyancing at Crosby & Woods comments ‘this article does not give a specific area of the Country to which it applies but with Brighton & Hove very much being at the top of desirable places to live and work, and with a shortage of available property caused by geographical factors, not least the Downs and the Sea, it probably is pretty representative of this great City as we go into 2014. If this figure is accurate then the advice to all prospective buyers must be to be well…

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The Importance of Trusting your Attorney

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 7th October 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

Greg Woods comments 'Today's news report detailing an Attorney who has been jailed for stealing £200,000 from an elderly widow shows the importance of fully understanding what a Lasting Power of Attorney means and the legal rights it gives to a person appointed to be your Attorney'.  Please contact me today on 01273 734600 to discuss making a Lasting Power of Attorney and the additional provisions that can be put in place to ensure that you are not left in a vulnerable position.  

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What does 'Common Law Spouse' really mean?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 24th September 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

The term ‘Common Law Spouse’ is one of those terms many of you have probably heard of. Unfortunately English law does not recognise the Common Law Spouse and there are therefore thousands of couples living as co-habitants that may not have the entitlements to their partners assets as they might have thought.  This is still the case regardless of the number of children you may have had together or the amount of years you have lived together as a couple. If you…

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Property Update - House Price Rises are a positive thing

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 17th September 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

David Crosby comments, ‘whilst no one wants a return of the bubble and crash of 2008, but news that property prices are rising should be viewed as positive for the economy of Brighton & Hove, a city that very much operates well on a thriving property market.  It is easy to think it is just property owners that benefit from this rise but the reality is many businesses, from small family building contractors, furniture shops etc all benefit from an increased demand for their services and products.  Hopefully politicians and financial…

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Family Law Update - How to avoid the delays caused by the Legal Aid changes

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 10th September 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

Following the drastic changes in the Legal Aid system the family courts are seeing an unprecedented level of applications for contact and residence being filed with the court. Many of these applications are being filed by people who are ‘acting in person’ and unable to afford legal advice. The knock on effect to this rise in applications to the court is that there are longer waiting periods for court dates and CAFCASS reports resulting in cases taking months if not years to…

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Conveyancing Update -1st time buyers return to the market

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 10th September 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

Today's report by the BBC gives continued good news for the recovery generally and the property market specifically.  For the first time in some years first time buyers in large numbers are feeling confident enough to now try and find their first home and they also have access to mortgage products that will allow them to take this step in an affordable way. First time buyers are vital to any healthy property market as their return to the property ladder helps existing…

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'Should you tell your child why you are splitting up?'

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 5th September 2013
  • Posted On: Blog

Here at Crosby & Woods we recognise that any relationship or marriage breakdown brings with it an overwhelming amount of difficult and challenging issues and emotions to address and at times painful decisions to take. We aim to assist and guide all of our clients through this very Read more

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