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Freezing the Assets

by EdwardHandsandLewis December 20, 2013 Divorce

By Martin Hill, Edward Hands and Lewis I know its December but asset freezing is nothing to do with the weather. What we have here is the court’s ability to prevent property  being transferred away by one spouse so that it does not form part of the overall pot on divorce. It is often a […]

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

by EdwardHandsandLewis December 2, 2013 Blawg

By Emma Fuller, Director at Edward Hands and Lewis After Lasting Powers of Attorney or Enduring Powers of Attorney have been made by a Donor (ie the person who has entered into the Lasting Power if Attorney) they can be revoked They can be revoked by the Donor if the Donor still has the mental […]

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Blog – Lending at an ultimate high

by EdwardHandsandLewis November 1, 2013 Blawg

By Jenna Mistry Latest figures have shown Mortgage Lenders are financing the largest house spree in the last five years. The Council of Mortgage Lenders has suggested first time buyer mortgage lending has also increased by almost a third within the past 12 months. This increase has come about even before the second phase of […]

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The Court of Protection – Open to the public?

by EdwardHandsandLewis October 24, 2013 Blawg

The new president of the Family Division courts has echoed previous plans to make the Court of Protection open to the public. The plans have been talked about for some time now, and it was reported yesterday that the new president Sir James Munby agreed with the plans. The Court of Protection makes important decisions […]

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I need to dispute a Will – what’s my next step?

by EdwardHandsandLewis August 16, 2013 Law

By Frances Jacobs The most important thing to know if a Will needs to be disputed is that there is a six month time limit placed on disputing Wills, which starts when the executor is granted probate. Unfortunately if no challenge has been made before this time limit expires then the Will can no longer […]

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What searches are carried out when I buy a property?

by EdwardHandsandLewis August 6, 2013 Law

By Kulzinder Garcha   It is important when purchasing a property that certain searches are carried out prior to the exchange of contract as there may be some important information or expensive charges linked to the property that aren’t previously known.   Local Land Charges Search The local authority is required to keep a publicly […]

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I was never married – what parental rights do I have?

by EdwardHandsandLewis July 30, 2013 Blawg

By Faye Remnant The legal rights and responsibilities of mothers and fathers are known as ‘parental responsibility’. The most important duties of someone with parental responsibility are to protect and maintain the child, provide the child with a home, consenting to medical treatment, looking after the child’s property, disciplining the child, choosing and providing the […]

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What is SDLT?

by EdwardHandsandLewis July 30, 2013 Blawg

By Sarah Hailes Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is usually paid when property or land is purchased or transferred in the UK. The amount that is paid for the property will establish how much, if any SDLT is to be paid. The value however, can vary depending on whether the property is residential, freehold, leasehold. […]

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Debt and Money: The Bailiffs are coming

by EdwardHandsandLewis July 24, 2013 Banking

By Frances Jacobs If you owe money, your creditor can  recover their money  from you using different options. Bailiffs are one of those options. Bailiffs can be used to make you pay  a range of debts , including  council tax arrears, business rates arrears, county court orders, high court orders, child support arrears, parking or road traffic offence penalties, criminal case fines, […]

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Dealing with Probate – What you need to know

by EdwardHandsandLewis July 11, 2013 Blawg

By Emma Fuller We understand that some people are nervous of approaching Solicitors if they need help with Probate as there are concerns of the costs.  However, not everyone charges in the same way. We have several pricing options, which helps families to get the help they need, but gives them the flexibility to choose […]

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Paddy Power Beats the Odds in Licence Appeal Case

by EdwardHandsandLewis June 20, 2013 Blawg

  By Sanveer Sandhu After being locked in a struggle with Newham Council, Paddy Power has won its appeal after the London council refused to allow it to open a betting shop in the area.   Paddy Power had originally been refused a licence application to open a new shop in Newham, which would have […]

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The basic principles of agreeing a settlement of tax enquiries

by EdwardHandsandLewis June 11, 2013 Blawg

  In 2007, HMRC published the litigation and settlement strategy (LSS), which was revised in July 2011 following some key cases.   The LSS sets out the principles and standards which HMRC should apply when settling disputes with taxpayers. The general principles include:   Each dispute should be settled on its own merit. There should […]

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What is contentious probate and what does it mean to me?

by EdwardHandsandLewis June 4, 2013 Blawg

Contentious Probate claims are one of the biggest areas of litigation and put simply, are claims challenging the validity of a will when the testator passes away and in some cases, the distribution of the assets in the testator’s estate. The effect of a contested probate claim on beneficiaries and executors cannot be underestimated and […]

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Will the Energy Act 2011 affect you as a commercial landlord?

by EdwardHandsandLewis May 21, 2013 Blawg

By Eleanor Robinson The Energy Act 2011 will not come into force until 1 April 2018, but commercial landlords are advised to start planning now, or face great difficulties in the future. The Act will introduce a minimum acceptable energy level rating (currently suggested to be an E rating). Any building rated lower than this […]

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Probate & online records

by EdwardHandsandLewis May 16, 2013 Blawg

By Emma Fuller Many people now store their documents on their computers and no longer have paper bank statements.  This trend has developed over several years now and means that our approach to dealing with probate has to evolve to keep up with these changes. In days gone by, many people would store all of […]

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Mortgage Approval Rise

by EdwardHandsandLewis May 15, 2013 Blawg

By Kulzinder Garcha The Guardian has recently reported that mortgage approvals for house prices has risen in March after falling through winter. Bank of England have disclosed that activity is picking up for house mortgages and remortgages. Bank of England stated that 53,504 mortgage loans were approved during March whereas in February it was at […]

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Well I declare! Why use a Declaration of Trust.

by EdwardHandsandLewis May 9, 2013 Banking and Finance Law

A Declaration of Trust is an arrangement setting out who shall have the ownership of an asset and be able to benefit from it.  This is important if your assets include land or business interests. A declaration of trust is a binding statement by the legal owner of an asset declaring that he holds the […]

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10 Reasons to make a Will

by EdwardHandsandLewis May 7, 2013 Estate Planning

  We know that many people put off making Will as it feels morbid to them, but making a Will is not about planning for death.  It is about securing peace of mind for many years to come knowing that your affairs are in order.  Some clients renew their Wills annually to ensure that they […]

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Claims under the Inheritance Act

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 30, 2013 Blawg

It is widely thought that in England we are free to leave our property by Will to whomsoever we choose.  However, should you fail to adequately provide for those who relied on you, then some of those people may be able to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, if they […]

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One fifth of personal injury firms in north-west of England considering closure!

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 25, 2013 Law

  According to a survey conducted by Liverpool firm O’Connor’s, a fifth of personal injury firms in the north-west of England are considering closure. An estimated 100,000 jobs could be lost over the coming year as a result. It is the smaller firms that will be most affected as larger firms have more resources available […]

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Why a Deed of Trust is crucial for young couples starting on the housing ladder

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 25, 2013 Conveyancing

With the Government’s new initiatives on helping young couples start on the housing ladder, and the trend towards sharing the cost of mortgages with family or partners, it is becoming increasingly important to document what should happen if it all goes wrong.   Did one partner provide the deposit, if so should they get that […]

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Martin Hill Blogs on the solutions to separation issues for married and unmarried couples

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 18, 2013 Cohabitation

  Over the many years I have been helping Clients deal with separation (both unmarried and married couples). I find that the vast majority wish they had come to see us earlier with what for them were unsolvable and confusing difficulties for which I can usually find workable solutions. Many Clients quite naturally get bogged […]

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