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 [...]

Your questions answered – personal injury claims

I feel nervous about making a claim – what is the process and what will be required of me? Initially, you will be required to discuss all the circumstances of the incident with us. You should keep a diary of how you feel day-to-day about your injuries and what amount of care you are receiving from your family [...]

Leases

How can a Lease be terminated? 1. The lease could be surrendered if the landlord and tenant mutually agree. The tenant cannot simply vacate and hand back the keys. 2. Forfeiture is a right to end a lease by a landlord. When exercised it operates to bring the lease to an end earlier than it would naturally end. [...]

Not so safe at work – compensation for an accident at work

Despite the extensive health and safety legislation we now have lots of people who still suffer serious injury at their place of work. The industries where accidents are statistically most likely to occur are manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing. However, accidents can happen in any working environment and an assistant director on the James Bond films was crushed on [...]

Choosing attorneys for your Enduring Power of Attorney

Everyone should have an enduring power of attorney, along with a will and in setting this up you will need to appoint people to act as your attorney to look after your affairs if you become unable to. You need to consider very carefully who you will choose to be your attorney, as they will be responsible for following [...]

Valuing an estate for probate

When someone dies, all the assets in the estate will need to be valued as early possible for two key reasons. Firstly, an estate valuation must be provided to the probate court before probate will be granted. Secondly, any inheritance tax (IHT) due will need to be calculated and a payment made. In simple terms, IHT is calculated by [...]

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