It is reported that following consultations in the Spring of 2021, and despite the majority of respondents opposing court fee increase, the government is set to increase some court fees for the first time since 2016. As a result, later this year the cost of divorce application in England and Wales … [Read more...] about Divorce fee to increase in England and Wales
Moving house is one of the most stressful things any of us do. Just thinking about it raises the blood pressure. Rachel Chamley, Conveyancing Executive at Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, takes us through some of the common questions our clients ask about moving home and the Conveyancing process. … [Read more...] about 15 Common Conveyancing Questions
Searches are a necessary and crucial part of the conveyancing process. Although they are not a legal requirement for a purchase of a property, particularly if you are a cash buyer, your conveyancing solicitor would normally recommend that these searches are carried out so that you know all the … [Read more...] about Conveyancing searches: why are they necessary for a house or flat purchase?
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which passed into law on 25 June 2020, brings "no fault" divorce to England and Wales for the first time. We now know that it will come into force on 6 April 2022, so what does it mean if you are contemplating divorce now? Current divorce law – … [Read more...] about What are the new changes for Divorce Law coming into force in 2022?
Have you ever heard of the legal term chancel repair liability? The chances are the answer is probably not. Not too many people have, and even fewer actually understand what it actually is. Yet, if you’re thinking of buying a property, it’s a search issue, just like the other more-common local, … [Read more...] about What is chancel repair liability and could it affect the property you’re thinking of buying?
Don’t go “Russian” to hide your assets You may have seen recent headlines about the world’s largest divorce case taking place in London, where the son of a Russian Billionaire oligarch found himself on the wrong end of a Judge’s order requiring him to pay a huge sum of money to his mother because … [Read more...] about Why disclosing your assets before the divorce is the wise approach
There are various ways in which you can own your home. These are: SolelyJointly – as joint tenantsJointly – as tenants in common If you own your property as joint tenants, this means that upon your death, your share in the property will automatically pass to the surviving joint owner. … [Read more...] about How do I protect my home in my Will? What can I do about care home fees?
As expected, the chancellor announced in yesterday's budget that the Stamp Duty holiday in England will be extended from 31st March 2021 to 30th June 2021. This will bring a great deal of relief to many buyers in England in these testing times. So what does this mean for you? Up to and … [Read more...] about Hooray Hooray, it’s a happy holiday!
1. Redheads are more sensitive to pain A 2009 American dental study found that people with red hair, (and pale skin), were more likely to be afraid of going to the dentist. An explanation for this lies in a genetic variant that they have at chromosome 16, which makes them more … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising facts about pain
Clients often ask what they need to consider prior to a Will appointment. Here is a guide to help you prepare: Executors: Who do you want to carry out your wishes? We would suggest you name at least two people you trust, just in case one person is unable or no longer willing to act as your … [Read more...] about Wills – what to think about before an appointment
Our specialist Wills and Probate team have always taken instructions from clients wishing to make a Will or make amendments to their Will via telephone, video calling and email and during lockdown is no different. However, a key factor in making a valid Will is how the Will is ‘executed’. In other … [Read more...] about Can I make a Will during lockdown?
During the COVID pandemic there has been a lot of focus on effects of lockdown and restrictions upon mental health but it seems clear that relationships have also felt the strain. Couples who had been managing to get along in normal times have struggled to cope with extended periods of confinement … [Read more...] about Couples feeling the strain?