Japanese Knotweed Dispute
Following a recent case, victims of Japanese knotweed can now look at compensation even if no damage has actually occurred to land or buildings. Japanese knotweed is a serious problem and under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 section 11(2) the law bans its planting or spreading. Japanese knotweed is a now prevalent bamboo like […]
Protecting the Bank of Mum and Dad
Recent analysis and research from Legal & General report that in 2016, homebuyers received £5 billion of help from friends and family. Therefore it’s not surprising that the Bank of Mum and Dad is one Britain’s best loved financial institutions. The Bank of Mum and Dad was involved in 25% of all mortgage transactions in […]
The Ownership of Assets in the Event of Death
Do You Own Assets with Another Person? Do you know how the ownership of those assets would pass in the event of either death? Most people expect that even where they own title to assets jointly with another person, each person is able to leave their share of that asset to their chosen beneficiaries under […]
The Right To Die
Always a controversial subject, the Court of Protection examined whether to authorise refusal of life-sustaining treatment at a hearing held on 20 December 2016. The case was Briggs v Briggs and involved the treatment of Mr Briggs following his involvement in a motorcycle accident in July 2015. He was left barely conscious and did not […]
The Hidden Cost of DIY Lasting Powers of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document, enabling someone to appoint trusted individuals to make decisions on their behalf in relation to finances or health and welfare. The Attorneys’ authority to make these decisions lasts after someone has lost mental capacity. At that stage, of course, it is too late for that […]
Enduring Powers of Attorney – Need to Know!
Did you enter into an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) prior to 2007? An EPA is a document in which a person signed up to 2007 before the process of appointing an attorney changed to incorporate Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Properly executed EPAs are valid provided they still meet your wishes. EPAs were somewhat […]
It is very common to see grandparents at the school gates picking their grandchildren up from school. Similarly grandparents are often seen in toddler groups with their young grandchildren or out about in the community, feeding the ducks or on the swings in the park. For many working parents, grandparents are a source of free […]
Special Guardianship Order : A Half Way House?
Special Guardianship Orders ( SGO) became law in 2005. A SGO is a private law order that appoints one or more individuals to be the child’s ‘special guardian’ giving them parental responsibility and the child a secure home. However, the legal relationship between the child and his parents is not severed and the birth parent […]
What’s in Your Will?
Many of us have made Wills, and that’s a good thing. But it is equally important to know and understand what’s in your Will. There are many instances where a Will is prepared by a relative, friend or even Will writer or solicitor with the contents of the Will not being properly explained to the […]