The Executors are the people who will administer your estate after you pass away. Therefore it goes without saying that they should be trustworthy and competent. They do not have to have the skills to administer an estate without assistance: they are perfectly entitled to take professional advice, the costs of which are deductible from…

As anyone who has been involved in buying or selling a house will know, two of the key stages in any conveyancing transaction are the point of exchange and the point of completion. These two milestones mark key points in the transaction, but while they may appear to be very similar in legal terms they…

Barrett & Co are delighted to confirm that Chris Miller has qualified as a Solicitor with the firm after completing his training contract in July. Chris has remained with the firm as a Dispute Resolution Solicitor, primarily working alongside Justin Sadler dealing with breach of contract, debt recovery and County Court claims. He will also…

Anyone who is either going through or thinking about their options in terms of family separation or divorce, will need to have time to think about their options for the future. Whether there are children or not, there can be a multitude of decisions that will need to be made and it is important to…

It has emerged that many people have been affected by hidden charges after being sold low cost Wills. This has reportedly affected 1.5m people. Around 20 years ago, banks were particularly keen to promote low cost Wills to customers – sometimes for as little as £75.  This is still the case today, although it is…

On 7 August 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on a case in which it ruled that the posting on a website of a photograph, that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author, requires a new authorisation by that author. The judgement stated that, “by posting…

The chances of being called for jury service at least once in your lifetime are around 40%. The general rule is that you must do jury service when you are sent a jury summons, but you may be allowed to delay it for up to 12 months. You can be fined up to £1,000 if…

The Supreme Court judgement in Owens v Owens was handed down on 25th July 2018. The appeal by Mrs Owens was reluctantly unanimously dismissed. Background Mr and Mrs Owens were married in 1978 and separated in February 2015 when Mrs Owens left the family home. In her application for a divorce, Mrs Owens relied on…

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