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What to do if you’ve had an accident at work

Have you had an accident at work? Employers have a legal duty to ensure they provide a safe working environment for their employees. If you’ve had an accident at work and suffered an injury due to your working environment, then you may be entitled to compensation. What should I do if you had an accident at work? If you [...]

What to remember when selling your business.

If you are contemplating selling your business here are some tips on what to look out for and what preparation you can do now to prepare for the sale. Here, we give a general overview of the areas of due diligence that apply in the sale of most businesses, to prepare you for the enquiries and demands you can [...]

Wood burners and open fires, what to consider when buying a new home

A wood burner or open fire is an attractive feature in a property, especially as the nights draw in and temperatures drop. If are buying a property with one, or you plan to install a log burner in your new home, there are important things to consider. ‘Most people know gas boilers and electrical wiring need to meet certain [...]

Don’t fall out over the fixtures and fittings!

A home buyer on an internet forum asked, ‘What is the pettiest thing your seller has removed?’ Most replies are light-hearted: a loo roll holder, the curtain rails, a basketball hoop from above the garage door. Some tell a different story of buyers moving in and discovering missing kitchen units or damage from ripped out features. Others tell of [...]

Have you considered the different ways to own your Home?

Low interest rates combined with high demand for rental properties and a boom in self-catering holidays have fueled growth in property investment. Flexible finance options also make it easier to pool resources to invest in property or to buy a second home with friends or relatives. ‘When buying a residential property with others, there are a number of options [...]

Relying on ‘next of kin’ – what legal rights do they have?

Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights for a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 to make decisions on their behalf. Whilst you may anticipate that your spouse, or another close relative, would have automatic access to your [...]

2021-07-21T17:33:00+01:00July 21st, 2021|

Parking and access issues when buying a new home

Searching for your next home, car parking may not be top of your list of priorities. A recent survey by Uswitch reveals nearly one in ten people has knocked on a neighbour’s door to complain about parking. It is not just neighbours who can cause problems. Commuters, school parents, entertainment venue and other visitors, can easily turn a quiet [...]

How to keep out of the mire when buying a home with a septic tank

Sewers and human waste may not be the first things you think about when looking for a new home, but many rural and semi-rural properties do not have mains drainage and so rely on a septic tank. This can have important legal, practical and costly implications, particularly since environmental regulations could mean that an old system is now unlawful. [...]

How to buy your first home with a small deposit

According to the Bank of Ireland, the biggest issue for most first-time buyers is insufficient savings. Last year saw a sharp jump in the average amount of a deposit required to get a mortgage, with some people having to provide a deposit equivalent to a full year’s salary. To help tackle this problem, the Government is introducing a new [...]

2021-04-24T09:22:09+01:00April 12th, 2021|

Challenging a dubious will where you suspect coercion

We all have the right to leave our money and property to whoever we please when we die, but the decisions we make must be arrived at freely and without undue influence from family, friends or others who hope to secure an inheritance. Unfortunately, with elder abuse and oppression of the vulnerable on the rise, there are hundreds of [...]

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