Monthly Archives: April 2012

Our excellent free drop-in legal surgeries

Just a quick blog to remind you that if you live locally to our offices in Salisbury, Amesbury and Andover, we run three drop-in legal advice surgeries which are absolutely free. • Salisbury office- every Tuesday evening between 515 PM and 7 PM in Salisbury • Andover office – Wednesday evenings between 5 PM and […]

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Andover announces newest qualified family mediation lawyer

In late 2011 Kate Scammell the newest member of our family law team, qualified in collaborative law and we are now delighted to announce that Kate has also now qualified as a family mediator. The fact that Andover-based Kate joins her Salisbury-based family law colleague Amanda Trappes-Lomax, who previously qualified both as a family mediator […]

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Wills and probate – proper regulation of non-qualified providers on the way

Good news on Tuesday from the Legal Services Board [the regulator created recently by Legal Services Act, which is responsible for regulating the provision of legal services nationwide]. The LSB currently oversees a range of legal services regulators, which in turn, are themselves responsible for the regulation of individual law firms and lawyers. For example, […]

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Euro 2012 – our free conveyancing offer

If you have been listening to local radio stations Spire FM or Andover Sound recently, no doubt you would have heard our recent radio advert containing our rather unusual offer. Yes, you heard it right – if you appoint us to do your conveyancing anytime this month, and if England win the big football tournament […]

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Missing Freeholders and Buildings Insurance – What Every Leaseholder Needs To Know

If the freeholder of your property constantly sends you letters about the finer points of your lease, then you might think that having an absentee landlord sounds like a good idea. But what happens if your landlord is so distant that they’ve vanished altogether? This is a surprisingly common situation, and it can create all […]

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How employers can handle the redundancy procedure sensibly

Disputes between employers and employees often end up in an employment tribunal claim. As an employer it is imperative that you are fully up to speed on Employment Law with regards to redundancy procedures. Beyond establishing the issues surrounding the redundancy and that it is genuine, there are several other factors you must take into […]

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Successfully secure a repossessed property at auction

With the number of properties being repossessed quietly increasing, so are the number available to purchase at auction houses. Banks are often keen to sell quickly and are setting low reserve prices leading to an increase in the number of cheap properties available. If you are planning on buying freehold or leasehold property at auction make […]

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Is inheritance tax optional?

[IHT] or inheritance tax as it is more usually known, is levied on any transfer of assets to other people or to a trust. This tax is usually paid in respect of an individual’s estate when they die – but it is often seen as a voluntary tax as with careful tax planning advice, it […]

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Why same sex couples should consider making a Will

Without a Will in place your partner is not recognised as your next of kin unless you have a Civil Partnership. They will therefore not inherit your estate even if you are an established couple and have lived together for many years. Your estate will automatically be passed to any family members [or the government […]

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What happens when you can’t agree on the divorce finances?

If you and your partner are going through a divorce or a civil partnership dissolution and cannot reach an agreement on how to sort out your finances such as division of property and assets, you can apply to the Courts who are able to make a range of orders for cash payments, transfer of property […]

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