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November 2017

  • Posted on November 30, 2017 by Admin
    A number of my close friends are beginning to take their first steps on to the property ladder. The majority are purchasing with their partners but, as is becoming increasingly common, most have not walked down the aisle or uttered the phrase, "I do" before purchasing a property together. This is particularly disappointing for me as a wedding is always much more exciting than a house warming party!
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  • Posted on November 27, 2017 by Admin
    Many unmarried couples still believe that if they live together for long enough, they will have the same rights and protection as married couples do. This is often known as the “common law marriage myth.”
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  • Posted on November 23, 2017 by Admin
    Most people will have heard the good news in the budget announcement yesterday that stamp duty will no longer be payable for most first time buyers. This means a potential saving of up to £5,000 on the costs of buying a property, but what are the rules?
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  • Posted on November 21, 2017 by Admin
    The North/South divide in the UK appears to be more than purely geographical and has even been proven to affect how much Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) you might have to pay when buying a property.
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  • Posted on November 20, 2017 by Admin
    In 1837 the Wills Act was passed which still to this day governs the basic legal principles relating to Wills. Now, almost 200 years later the Law Commission have launched a nationwide consultation proposing to shake up the law relating to Wills to bring it up to date and in line with modern day society.
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  • Posted on November 13, 2017 by Admin
    Christmas is fast approaching and while the rest of the world is getting busier and busier, I have to be honest and say that as a divorce lawyer this is often my quietest time.
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  • Posted on November 9, 2017 by Admin
    New research from HomeOwners Alliance has brought to light that an average of £452 million a year is unnecessarily spent on property transactions that have fallen through.
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  • Posted on November 8, 2017 by Admin
    I have recently updated my will… I hadn’t bothered for ages even though the last one I did was seriously out of date and I now had my daughter. The thing that brought me up short was the realisation that if me and my husband had a fatal accident, how would our respective families know what our wishes were in respect of our daughter?
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