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How do Section 278 Agreements work?

Highway infrastructure is often a critical component of any proposed new housing development, and these agreements, which form part of the Highways Act 1980, are used to make changes to an existing public highway. The need for highway agreements is often identified within a Section 106 Agreement o....

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Will your digital legacy live on? Tips on dealing with your virtual assets

Writing a Will has traditionally been about who will inherit your tangible assets - your money, property and personal possessions. Today, the chances are you’ll also need to consider what should happen to your digital legacy. Many of us now rely heavily on technology to maintain our day-to-day af....

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Equity release – the questions we’re frequently asked

Figures from the Equity Release Council show that those aged over 55 are relying more than ever before on the wealth tied up in their houses. Whilst downsizing to a smaller property might be the answer for some, moving home can be a stressful and costly process, and there’s a widespread shortage ....

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Can you ever have a ‘good’ divorce?

Yes, you can. Whilst it might sound like a paradox, it is possible to have a civilised parting of the ways following the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. That’s not to say that it will be easy; ending a relationship never is, but there are steps you can take to minimise the pain and suf....

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Setting up home with a partner – the legal advice couples need

Deciding to move in together is an exciting time. These days, many couples live together before they get married, or choose not to get married at all. However, one of the most important things to be aware of is that, contrary to public opinion, ‘common law marriage’ doesn’t actually exist i....

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Equity Release – the myths dispelled

Homeowners aged over 55 who purchased their property a few years ago are likely to find that it’s risen a lot in value. If they don’t want to downsize to release the cash, equity release is a way of giving them access to their money while they continue to live in their home.   A growing....

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Freeholders and lease extension – fulfilling your obligations whilst safeguarding your rights

Many leasehold properties were built in the housing booms of the last century, meaning that their leases are fast approaching the point where there is less than 80 years left to run. It’s at this point that these properties become more difficult to sell, and consequently freeholders can expect to ....

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Can divorce be a “meal ticket for life”?

England, particularly London, has long been dubbed the “divorce capital of the world” as English courts have in the past had a reputation around the world for awarding generous payouts to the financially weaker party in a divorce; financial awards made in other European countries are generally m....

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How to avoid the pitfalls in lease extension

Nearly one in five of all properties in England is leasehold, with around 3 million flats and 1.4 million new-build houses being owned in this way. As many leasehold flats date from the building booms of the last century, their owners are becoming aware that it’s time to negotiate an extension,....

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Sepsis in children – what parents need to know

The 13th September was World Sepsis Day. Whilst awareness of the signs of meningitis and the need for prompt and appropriate treatment has become better known, there is another serious condition that affects 25,000 children each year in the UK – sepsis. This condition can often be missed in adult....

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Tips on selling your home in a slow market

The property market is showing signs of a slowdown. Property prices fell by -0.5% in August, according to Nationwide. This is the largest monthly drop since July 2012, and may be due to uncertainty as to how the Brexit negotiations will play out over the coming months. So, if you’re trying to sell....

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Practical advice for executors facing a Will challenge

Acting as an executor can be an arduous task; the role carries responsibilities, can be admin heavy, and it brings with it the need to deal with people going through a sad and difficult time. Sometimes, would-be beneficiaries can feel aggrieved if they think they have been left less than they consid....

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