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A Guide to the Adoption Process

The most important requirements for adoption are that the adopter must be over 21 years of age, the child to be adopted must be under the age of 18 and joint ...

Credit Card Purchases: Know Your Rights

When you order something and pay using a credit card, you are protected against loss...or are you? Although many people think that the ...

Are You a Sophisticated Investor?

In March 2005, the rules relating to approaching people regarding financial promotions were relaxed so that so called ‘sophisticated investors’ and ...

Changing Wills For Benefit

A will expresses the final wishes of the deceased person and it is commonly thought that a will is irrevocable after death. However, provided everyone agrees, it ...

Divorce and Foreign Residence: Children

When a marriage breaks up, it is usual for the couple to separate physically as well as legally and in some cases the physical separation can be considerable. With ...

Cohabitation Agreements - Protection for Unmarried Couples

One of the most common myths in English law is that there is such a thing as a ‘common law marriage’. It simply doesn’t exist and this ...

Business Assets and Divorce

Divorce is seldom an easy business, but the problems are compounded when there is a family business involved. The division of the spoils has traditionally been the ...

Charity Trustees - Guidance

The regime governing charities has been progressively tightened up over the years, making the sort of scandals that were once not uncommon much more of a rarity. ...

Dealing With an Insolvent Estate

One of the rules that applies to the administration of estates is that whilst a person appointed as executor under a will can refuse to accept the appointment, ...

Divorce and Money

When it comes to dealing with money and divorce, it is important to know what has to be taken into account and the powers available to arrive at fair ...

Cohabitees and Death - Who Can Claim?

When one member of a cohabiting couple dies, it can come as an unpleasant surprise to the bereaved partner to discover that not all of their late partner’s ...

Buying Abroad - Considerations

After another cold, wet summer and with dull economic prospects at home, you might be thinking of buying a property abroad or even making a permanent move to ...

Civil Partnerships And Same-Sex Marriage Explained

The first civil partnerships were formed on 21 December 2005, after the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 came into effect on 5 December 2005. Same-sex marriages ...

Asset Valuation Problems - Chattels

When dealing with an estate, an increasing problem for executors is the valuation of assets in the form of the chattels of the deceased. In probate terminology, ...

Buying a House and Consumer Protection

With the appointment of a Property Ombudsman, the laying down in statute of the duties of estate agents and the passing of the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress ...

Bank of Mum and Dad Lending Issues

A recent report that the 'bank of Mum and Dad' is one of the leading sources of finance for house purchase will come as no surprise to many – it is expected ...

Administering Estates - Procedures and Pitfalls

A recent survey has shown that more than one in ten people who are thought to have died intestate (i.e. without leaving a will) may actually have made a will and ...

CGT and Shares in Estates Valuation Trap

In the UK, there are quite generous exemptions from Inheritance Tax (IHT) which apply to business assets. One problem with making use of such exemptions is the ...

Compensation for Loss of a Chance

Most claims for damages are claims for damages or losses which have actually happened. For example, if a lorry mounted the pavement and smashed a garden wall, the ...

Accessing Your Own Land

Prior to the introduction of revised procedures (set out in regulations under Section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which came into effect in ...

Child Maintenance Explained

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) – a statutory non-departmental public body – was established in 2008 to take on the work of the ...

Child Custody Explained

Arrangements over the custody of children (called residence arrangements by lawyers) after the breakdown of a relationship are usually best decided without ...

Correcting Your Credit Rating

Most people require credit at some time, whether it is in the form of a credit card, a loan or an overdraft. However careful you are, it is possible to find ...

News

Managing the Affairs of Missing People Law Passed

Thu, 20 Jul 2017

Sale of Goods Law Provides Route to Compensation for Holidaymakers

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

Court Unwilling to Force Family Home Sale

Wed, 12 Jul 2017

Your Right to Claim Tax Relief on Losses Dies With You

Sun, 09 Jul 2017

Car Bonnet Will is Valid, Rules Court

Thu, 06 Jul 2017

Couple Ordered to Demolish House Built Without Planning Permission

Mon, 03 Jul 2017

Put it in Writing

Thu, 29 Jun 2017

Failure to Take Advice Proves Costly in Family Arrangement

Tue, 27 Jun 2017

Have You Checked Your Investment Adviser's Credentials?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

Power of Attorney Fees Fall

Mon, 19 Jun 2017