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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 [...]

Dealing with estate debts as an executor

Even if someone is wealthy their estate may have debts to be dealt with after their passing – it is reported that Michael Jackson died with around $500 million worth of debt. Find out how to manage expectations if there are debts following the passing of a loved one here. Dealing with estate debts If you are an executor [...]

What does an Executor do?

Few people realise how complicated and time-consuming Executor’s duties are. Furthermore, mistakes in obtaining probate and/or administering an estate can lead to destructive family disputes and leave the Executor personally liable if a claim is commenced in court. By entrusting us to advise and represent you, you can be confident that your duties as an Executor are performed correctly. [...]

Six reasons why everyone should have a Will.

A Will is a legal document that spells out your wishes regarding care of your children, as well as distribution of your assets after your death. Here are 6 reasons why everyone should have one: 1. It gives you certainty over who will administer your estate and, more importantly, who will benefit from it. 2. We provide you with [...]

2021-02-05T17:02:14+00:00February 5th, 2021|

Are you concerned about being injured at work?

Our winters are no joke. If you are working outside, the chances are that you are going to encounter bleak weather conditions. Employers can’t alter the weather, but are they doing everything that they should be doing to keep their employees safe? There are any number of occupations which would require a person to be outside at least some [...]

Meeting your conveyancing solicitor, what you need to prepare

Preparing and collecting all the information for your first meeting with your conveyancing solicitor, whether that meeting is face-to-face or virtual, will get your transaction off to a good start. Here Deirdre McSorley, a residential property solicitor with James McNulty & Co in Omagh looks at how you can help to get things moving quickly. Prepare ID and source [...]

2021-01-13T15:27:48+00:00January 13th, 2021|
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