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Lasting Power of Attorney – making the right choices for your future

Last summer retired judge Denzil Lush caused consternation amongst many people and much publicity by saying that he had concerns about the creation of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). His view was that LPAs could be open to abuse. He preferred the alternative of Deputyship, a process that requires....

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How the findings of the Letwin review highlighted key issues and dispelled market myths

Originally announced in last year’s Autumn Budget, late June saw the publication of the findings of a review undertaken by Sir Oliver Letwin into why hundreds of thousands of homes have yet to be built despite having planning permission. It was conducted in two phases, with Phase One involving ....

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Why the case of Tini Owens shows we urgently need ‘no fault’ divorce

In yet another demonstration that divorce laws in the UK need to be revisited and updated, a woman who has been married for 40 years and finds herself locked in a loveless relationship has been refused a divorce. Tini Owens, 68, maintains that her relationship with her husband Hugh has broken dow....

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Making a Will – how you can prevent it being challenged on the grounds of mental capacity

It’s estimated that over 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, and this figure is expected to rise to over a million by 2025. As you’d expect, the Alzheimer’s Society* website contains a lot of useful information about the disease and other forms of dementia. It expla....

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How to protect vulnerable and disabled beneficiaries

Thinking about how you would like your estate to be distributed on your death and how best to provide for your loved ones can sometimes be hard. This can be especially true if you have disabled or vulnerable family members you wish to protect. For instance, you may want to provide for a family me....

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Newsletter – Summer 2018 – Town and Country Planning

The latest edition of our Town and Country Planning Summer Newsletter has been released today. Please click on the link to view. https://attwatersjamesonhill.co.uk/eshot/attwaters-summer-newsletter.pdf                  ....

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How shared ownership can be the staircase to owning a home

Shared ownership is now an established part of the UK’s housing landscape and accounts for an increasing proportion of new-build affordable housing. These schemes are basically a cross between buying and renting, and are mainly aimed at first-time buyers. They can offer a win-win situation for ....

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Government consultation unveiled into banning use of combustible cladding materials

In recent days, an important consultation has been opened by the UK Housing Secretary which will look into banning the use of ‘combustible’ cladding materials on high-rise residential buildings. The consultation, which comes little over a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, sets out to e....

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Learning from others to help prevent mistakes in wills

Most solicitors have seen a thing or two that’s gone wrong in a Will, and may also have heard horror stories from colleagues about the mistakes they’ve encountered too. Some of these errors arise from the continuing popular belief that simply filling out a Will form from the stationers will do t....

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New powers for councils could deliver “tens of thousands of new homes”

Important new powers granted to local authorities could enable them to deliver “tens of thousands of new homes” in the near future, the Government has said. The comments come after Housing Minister Dominic Raab unveiled a series of new powers for councils, which will enable them to apply to s....

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Mediation – what it can achieve, and how to approach it

If you’re separating, going through a divorce or dissolving a civil partnership or even you’ve been separated for a while, you may need help in sorting out arrangements with your partner. It’s at this point that working with a neutral third party, an independent professionally-qualified mediat....

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NPPF should not impose ‘undeliverable’ housing targets on councils

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) must not impose ‘undeliverable’ housing targets on local councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. In a letter in response to the Government’s NPPF consultation penned in recent days, the LGA has voiced concerns over the NPPF....

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