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The Help to Buy ISA closed to new applicants on 30 November. It offered a great way to help first time buyers take the first step onto the  property ladder with a 25% boost from the government on contributions. Unfortunately, these are no longer available to open. However, if you already have a Help to...
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When people think about drink/drug driving, it is often based on a narrative that involves a man, leaving a pub late at night, driving erratically and being stopped by the police. This scenario is sometimes the backdrop to an arrest for drink or drug driving, but more often, the story is quite different. The morning...
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A strange case at the Old Bailey drew to a close this week, resulting in a Metropolitan Police Officer, Robyn Williams, being sentenced to a community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, concerning the possession of an indecent video of a child. On the face of it, the sentence is not at all surprising,...
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The current pre-charge bail laws which were changed to avoid individuals following arrest being subject to a number of re-bail appointments are to be considered further. The changes have in fact meant that thousands have been left languishing in legal limbo following a police station interview. The Law Society has requested that the Government considers...
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One of an Executor’s important roles is to ensure estate property is protected during the administration process before it is distributed to the beneficiaries. If there is a property in the estate and there is a question over whether insurance is needed, in short the answer is yes it is, it is very important unoccupied...
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The Health and Safety Executive advise that cancer can be caused by substances, or mixtures of substances, called ‘carcinogens’. Occupational cancer can be caused through prolonged exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. Carcinogens occur in many forms, they can be solids, liquids, vapours, gases, or dusts and can be breathed in, absorbed through the skin...
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Did you know – the way the Courts deal with financial matters on divorce is changing? For many years now, the Courts have had specialist Judges that deal with complex children matters.  By contrast, financial matters on Divorce, which can involve very complex legal and financial issues have simply been allocated to the first Judge...
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The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows certain family members and dependants of a deceased person to bring a claim for further financial provision where the Will of the deceased (or the rules of intestacy where no Will exists) fails to do so. Those that can apply under the Act include the...
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Anybody in the probate industry, or anybody that has lodged a personal application for probate this year, will be aware that there were significant backlogs to the service from the Probate Registries due to dramatic changes and updates and the threat of fee increases. Previously, delays in the issue of a Grant could have been...
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The Government has advised that a trial could take place for the conveyancing process to allow a buyer and seller to be locked into a transaction by way of a reservation agreement. The Government has pledged to fix what it considers to be a ‘broken’ housing market and make the buying and selling process quicker,...
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