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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….

A house purchase is probably one of the largest purchases we will ever make in our lives, but do you actually understand the process that happens when you buy a property? The first step in buying a house would be to instruct a solicitor; you will need a solicitor to complete the legal process of…

It is often the case that when a person dies the biggest asset they leave as part of their Estate is their property. In areas of the South East of England especially, the equity in such properties could be substantial. It is therefore very important for the executors to secure that asset, sell it on…

TOLATA is the abbreviation for the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“the Act”). The Act was created to combine various provisions under different statutes into one. Sections 14 and 15 of the Act are triggered where there is a dispute relating to a trust of land. In other words, and as…

By acting as an Executor you take on a key responsibility to protect the estate of the deceased. In many cases the substantial asset of the deceased is the former family home so you must act quickly to protect the asset. What are the steps you should take if the property is unoccupied? You should…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

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