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This is a question we are asked frequently at Barrett and Co. This is usually due to concerns about the costs of care as our clients become older, or perhaps fears that their home would have to be sold to pay Inheritance Tax on their death. Naturally, our clients want to preserve their home for…

Richard Ince of Barrett and Co Solicitors in Reading maintains top three property conveyancing ranking in 2022 according to independent website Three Best Rated. With conveyancing, the legal element of buying and selling property, in big demand, it’s great to know that Barrett and Co’s Richard Ince has been ranked once again as one of…

‘How long will my property transaction take to complete?’ – is one of the most frequent questions that our Residential Property Team encounter. On most occasions our response is either ‘we don’t exactly know until we investigate the Title’ or ‘standard conveyancing transactions can take up to 8 to 12 weeks’ – the latter response…

The Government has begun easing the rules around residential possession proceedings, specifically those relating to notice periods. The most recent changes have seen a substantial relaxation in the notice periods. From August 2020 until June 2021, in most cases, six months’ notice had to be given. Exceptions were available, such as in the case of…

General power to buy or sell property under a power of attorney An attorney under a registered EPA or financial LPA may make decisions about anything that relates to the donor’s property and financial affairs. This includes buying and selling property, and this can be done without obtaining the consent of the Court of Protection,…

Welcome to the murky and often misunderstood world of Commercial Property Law. At some time in a lease transaction, usually just after the Heads of Terms have been agreed, the Tenant (or the Tenant’s solicitor) will receive from the Landlord’s solicitor a lengthy document (the draft Lease) – usually somewhere between 40 and 80 pages…

With the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday having been extended from 31st March 2021 to 30th June 2021, working within the property market is very pressurised. The property market has continued to grow dramatically, with the strongest rate of annual growth since June 2016. According to Halifax, the average price of a home in…

Using a solicitor when entering into a lease of commercial premises is not a legal requirement, however it is highly recommended. Commercial property law is complex, and the financial stakes are usually high therefore having a solicitor review your lease ensures that you are adequately protected from onerous conditions and inflexible leases. Your solicitor will…

If you are a trustee of a trust which owns a property, then it will be your responsibility to ensure that you comply with trust law at every stage of the process when selling the property. As trustees, you will need to engage an estate agent to market the property and solicitors to prepare the…

Imagine your property is like this red apple: If you own your property as joint tenants, then you both hold this red apple together as a whole. If one of you dies, then the apple passes in its entirety to the survivor automatically, so the survivor ends up owning the whole apple on their own….

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