This story is exactly why you need a professional trustee

was placed into a trust until they reached the age of 25. The bequest was supposed to give them a head-start in life, to help them onto the property ladder or pay for their education. But when one of the Thomas sisters asked to access the money early in order to purchase a property with her boyfrie....

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The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023 – what’s in it for freeholders?

If you are the owner of a leasehold property, you may be following the progress of the much-awaited Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023. The proposed legislation, which is making its way through Parliament and is expected to receive Royal Assent this year, has been touted as “part of the most....

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Why we’re proud to have a Lifetime Lawyer on our team

The Association of Lifetime Lawyers (previously Solicitors for the Elderly, or SFE) is a community of legal professionals who specialise in working with older or more vulnerable clients to resolve some of the common legal issues experienced by these groups of people. Our Partner and Head of Cour....

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Leasehold reform: Should I extend my lease now or hang on?

Following the introduction of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022, which restricts ground rents on new leases to a ‘peppercorn’ – i.e., nothing – the second phase of the government’s promised reforms to the leasehold system is currently on its way through parliament. The Leaseh....

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What is coercive control?

Until as late as 2015, legislation relating to domestic abuse related solely to physical violence. However, as domestic abuse victims know only too well, just because your partner, spouse or family member doesn’t hit, it doesn’t mean they can’t hurt. In 2015, a big shakeup of legislation fina....

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The key legal documents you need to protect yourself in every area of life

In this blog, we take you through the documentation you need and some of the things you need to think about the give yourself and your loved ones every advantage in life. You may think that these things only apply to older people, or maybe that you will never need them. Sadly, it is not until someb....

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Will Labour’s VAT plans threaten independent schools?

With the UK’s next general election fast approaching, the Conservative and Labour parties are beginning to ramp up their promises and pledges for Britain’s future as they commence their battle for the public’s vote. One such pledge from Labour poses a serious threat to the independent scho....

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Probate registry delay complaints continue to mount

For several years now (i.e., since the pandemic), the probate process has been fraught with severe delays, leading to increased financial hardship and even cancelled house sales for thousands of families. According to official figures, waiting times almost doubled between April 2022 and April 2023,....

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Update: ban on no-fault evictions will be law ahead of general election

Since the Conservative Party pledged to outlaw Section 21 Notices (otherwise known as no-fault eviction) in its 2019 election manifesto, the new legislation has been the subject of much discussion and debate. Charities and bodies acting for tenants have accused the government of not going far enoug....

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Recognising and preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can have life-altering or even fatal consequences. Sadly, there have been documented cases of deaths from the condition due to the failure of medical practitioners to recognise its symptoms; in 2018, a footba....

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Why you should consider making a medical negligence claim

When you or somebody you know is injured due to negligence on the part of medical professionals – the very people whom you have trusted to look after you – the results can be life-changing. Sadly, these injuries often necessitate significant lifestyle changes, which can be extremely expensive t....

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Is your medical complaint grounds for a claim?

The NHS works extremely hard to keep us healthy, with thousands of people receiving exemplary treatment every day. However, medical professionals do sometimes fall short of the standards we have come to expect. If you are unhappy with the treatment you have received, it is possible to make a compla....

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