Six Key Points – if helping a child onto the property ladder

First-time buyers today must find, on average, a deposit equal to a year’s salary. With almost half relying on parental assistance, the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has never been so popular. House price affordability and the phasing out of the Help to Buy scheme make this trend set to continue. ‘It is natural to want to help your [...]

Claiming compensation for your child following a serious injury

When a child is involved in an accident, the injuries they suffer can be severe and possibly life changing. As a parent all you want in this situation is to make them better, but this can be hard if the treatment they need is not readily available or if your family is under financial strain because of extra expenses [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

The second step in making your Will

The second step is to establish what you want to do especially if you have kids. For a couple, there are two scenarios. The first part would be if something happened to one of them and the second part would be if anything happened to the both of them. If people have kids, the biggest thing is who looks [...]

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