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Crosby & Woods 2014 Brighton Marathon

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 3rd March 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

We are very proud to be supporting our Partner Greg Woods and Associate Solicitor Marie Stock in the upcoming Brighton Marathon.

They are running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. If you have any spare pennies for a great cause their Just Giving page link is here - https://www.justgiving.com/GregWoods-MarieStock

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Helpful guidance on separating your finances on a relationship breakdown

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 28th February 2014
  • Posted On: Blog

At Crosby & Woods regrettably we see this situation faced by many of our clients who after a relationship breakdown are left to deal with the consequences of a former partner’s debts, often debts that they were never aware of as their former partner had actively concealed them.

As this article demonstrates, financial organisations can be quite inflexible in treating separating parties as individuals with the result that the financial irresponsibility of one can have a very prejudicial and long term affect on the other person’s future ability to obtain finance in their own name. The guidance here is just that,…

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February 2014 Property update - UK Property Sales to keep on rising

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

Yet more positive news for the UK property market and with Spring coming soon (and hopefully some much needed sunshine and dry weather!) no doubt we will see the Brighton & Hove property market continue to be buoyant and exciting throughout 2014.

 

With mortgage availability much improved for many who have been shut out of the property market for some years, especially when it is obtained with the help of experienced mortgage brokers, now is a…

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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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