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There has been wide coverage in the media of the potential increase to Probate fees. However, as we stand today this has not been implemented and there has been no fixed date for this.  Under the proposed plans, which have been opposed by many such as the Law Society, Probate fees would be linked to...
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A property chain is a number of linked conveyancing sale and purchase transactions that are all reliant upon each part of the chain to complete. Chains can be short, i.e. you are selling your property to a first time buyer and you are buying a property that is empty.  Chains can also be quite long...
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Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all.   Those with mental disorders might have a host of specific needs in court on top of those of the typical...
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An increase in the number of couples choosing to cohabit in the last 20 years has led to a rise in complex and often costly legal disputes when relationships break down. Recent research highlighted that around 1 in 4 people living together think they have the same legal protections as married couples. Currently in England...
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All landlords and tenants of domestic premises should be aware of a recent amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1995 that requires residential rented accommodation to be provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. The new Act comes into force on the 20th March 2019 and amends the Landlord and...
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Although many of the rules relating to consumer rights are based on EU directives, reassuringly, most are also enshrined in UK law. The standards required of goods, services, and digital content, and the remedies if they are breached, as consolidated in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, are a mix of EU and domestic provisions. On...
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The legal term for this is dying “intestate” because your estate (the assets that you own when you die) will be distributed in accordance with the laws of Intestacy. Intestacy may not be ideal for various reasons: 1.       Unmarried couples are not treated the same as a legal spouse 2.       Children will receive their inheritance...
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Hewitts are proud to be supporting Together 21, a project under the Pioneering Care Partnership, as our chosen charity for 2019. The project, based in Newton Aycliffe, started in April 2017 and provides support and education to children and families with Down Syndrome.  In fact, the project is the only organisation based in the north...
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Great news for the North East as Thirteen Housing Group announces plans to invest over £1 billion over the next five years into improving homes for existing customers as well as building new homes.  Some of these new homes will be available on the Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme. You can read more about...
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In February 2019 Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal have ordered a re-trial after hearing that she suffered four decades of controlling behaviour and humiliation at the hands of Richard Challen, her husband of 31 years. Mr Challen was killed in August 2010. Sally Challen, a...
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