WHAT IS PROBATE AND WHY DO I NEED IT? My father left a Will which left everything to me, do I need Probate? My father died in 2015 and I dealt with everything then. I closed his bank accounts, notified the DWP and utility companies. I’ve now instructed estate agents to market my father’s
If you are looking to buy a house, a Help to Buy ISA is an option for first time buyers saving towards their mortgage deposit. However, if this is something you are considering you will need to open it by 30 November 2019, after which it will no longer be available. How does it work?
If your house or business is not connected to the mains sewer, your sewage will go to one of the following: a septic tank, a small sewerage treatment plant or a cesspool. What is a Septic Tank? A septic tank is an underground tank made of concrete, fiberglass, or plastic through which domestic wastewater flows
Residential properties are often subject to a number of restrictive covenants, which limit what a homeowner is able to do with a property. A developer will usually impose a number of the restrictions when selling off the various plots on an estate. The reason for this is to protect and maintain the characteristic of the
The Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 has found that 56% of businesses hold personal data electronically with 47% of these experiencing breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. The majority of criminal hackers no longer look for high-profile targets or businesses, instead they are more devious and use automated attacks to exploit inadequately
On 28 June 2019 the Government released a response (‘the 2019 Response’) to the consultation paper dated 15 October 2018 published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government as to how to tackle unfair practices in the leasehold market in England (‘the 2018 Consultation’). Full copies of the October 2018 consultation paper and
Britain’s housing market appears to be on the rise as mortgage approvals reach a two-year high, despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Figures issued by UK Finance, the trading association for lenders, show that 42,989 mortgages were approved in April – the most since February 2017 – a 6% rise from 40,564 in March and
What is Security of Tenure? Security of tenure means that once a business tenant’s lease expires, the tenant has the right to request a new lease on the same terms as the previous lease, except where the landlord has a statutory ground to refuse the grant of a new lease. The accepted grounds for refusing
What happens to your Will upon Divorce? During or after the breakdown of a marriage life can become stressful, busy or sometimes exciting however the last thing anybody thinks about is their Will. In 2018 according to a poll carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support, it was revealed that among 42% of UK adults did
At the bank; in a solicitors’ strongroom; in a filing cabinet, or under the bed … where are yours, and what do they mean?! A bundle of title deeds has historically been part and parcel of owning property. The older the property, the more weighty the bundle, as a rule. Traditionally, lawyers would hand-write long
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