In November 2018 the UK Government proposed a substantial increase in Probate Court fees which were to be charged on a sliding scale in accordance with the value of the Estate. My colleague, Jane Whitfield, wrote an article at the time explaining the increases which can be found here. These increases would have seen our…

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of cohabiting couple families is growing faster than married couples and has increased by 25% over the past decade; making them the second largest family type (the largest being married couple families). It has also been established that one in five cohabiting couples…

You may be eligible for a refund if you were overcharged deputyship fees by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for England and Wales. Due to the difficulty in predicting costs, as the number of deputyships rose faster than the OPG expected, the fees charged did not match how much it cost the OPG…

Farmers Fall Out A recent case in the Court of Appeal (Liddle v Liddle [2019] EWCA) establishes the principle that, under a cross option agreement (an agreement allowing outgoing business owners/partners to require the continuing owners/partners to purchase their share of the business) the continuing owners/partners could not be required to pay the buyout price…

At Barrett & Co we understand that parties will often need to consider the cost of Court representation. We will always try to give parties an idea of costs and we also appreciate that legal costs are an additional expense for which to budget. Due to the cuts to legal aid, we have found that…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as the ‘attorney’) to act on your behalf should you ever be unable to deal with your affairs. Such inability may arise as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but equally if you suffered…

A standard conveyancing principle is that the practitioner should know their client and can readily identify them by following standard conveyancing practice and procedure. This will normally not be an issue where the client is engaged in the sale of a property that they own and is their main residence; and the related purchase of…

When making a Will many people focus on protecting and passing on their financial assets, and some consider that they do not need a Will if they do not have any assets. But what about protecting your family? As a parent you need to consider who would look after your children if something happened to…

Do you know about the recent changes to dismissal claims, flexible working, sick pay, holiday pay and more? Get in touch with me if you want to know more – Justin Sadler, Solicitor. And now, here are the top 10 common mistakes… 1. Not having a written contract Some businesses piece together terms of employment…

If you are a trustee of a trust which includes a property, then it will be your responsibility to ensure that the correct steps are taken under trust law at every stage of the process when selling the property. The trustees will need to engage an estate agent to market the property and solicitors to…

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