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5 Unusual Wills and Last Requests

When someone passes away, their last requests or wishes as spelt out in their will tend to be an important immediate factor. Everyone has thoughts on how they wish to be remembered, and most people will look at ways to fulfil requests within a will…

Commercial Landlords – Your Responsibilities

If you own a property and wish to rent it out for use by businesses as office or retail space, there are a number of factors which need to be understood before you can do so. As a commercial landlord, you have responsibilities to adhere…

How To End A Commercial Lease

In the current economic climate, more and more businesses are struggling. One of the ways in which they cut costs is by ending the lease of commercial properties. Some common reasons for doing so are: business is unexpectedly poor and owners decide to downsize; the…

How A Will Can Protect Your Family

Many people think that wills are just put in place to make sure that any assets you have are distributed to the people you want, but if you have children a will has a much more significant meaning.

Should I write my Will myself?

Buying a do-it-yourself Will package from a stationary shop might save you a few pounds compared to using a solicitor, but it may not save you money in the long run. There are serious hazards to be aware of when writing your own Will, and…

Judicial Separation

What is judicial separation? We are often asked by clients to deal with a ‘legal separation’ on their behalf. English law does not provide for the granting of a legal separation as such. If you have decided to stop living with your partner, you can…

Secured Provision Orders

What is a secured provision order? If you’re making claims for financial orders when divorcing, separating or dissolving a civil partnership, you may include a claim for a secured provision order. These are not very common, but you should be aware of what they are…

Why should I make a Will?

Many people want to know why they should make a Will, why making a will is so important and what happens if you die without one. Wills set out exactly what you want to happen to your money, property and possessions when you die. If…

Are you ready to be an Executor?

If someone wishes to name you as the executor of their Will, you must carefully consider whether you’re prepared to take on what is likely to be the very stressful and complicated process of administering their estate after their death. This responsibility will come at…

Do You Need a Pre-Nup?

Many people consider pre-nuptial agreements unromantic, but probably wouldn’t say so if they divorced and found their assets seriously diminished. Whether or not you have a lot of money, a pre-nuptial agreement is something to consider if you want to protect yourself, your reputation and…

How do you agree the terms of a renewal lease?

As we know, the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) allows business tenants’ leases to continue after the fixed term expiry date. Either party can then apply to court for a new lease to be entered into. The parties will often negotiate the new…

Tenants – 7 Tips From Conveyancers

We act for a lot of first time tenants and often find the same issues arising when advising on the lease terms. If you are a tenant looking to take on leasehold premises then try and get these points sorted out while you are negotiating…