It is a common misconception that people think they do not need to make a Will because they do not have anything of ‘significant value’ to leave to family and friends. However, with the modern world and technology constantly evolving, most people now have some form of digital assets which are equally as important to…

Thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling in Financial Conduct Authority against Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others [2021] UKSC1 Some of you may remember that, back in October (2020), I wrote an article about the decision of the Queen’s Bench Division Commercial Court in Financial Conduct Authority against Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others [2020]…

Any person who has a Deputyship Order in their favour, on behalf of another person, needs to ensure that they adhere to certain steps and requirements as and when that person dies. Some of these steps include:- The Practical Steps when a Court of Protection Order ends due to death. Final Financial Reports required by…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document that gives very strong permissions over someone’s life and wellbeing, therefore it is advisable that you seek legal help and advice from a solicitor when wanting to make a Power of Attorney to ensure that there can be no risk of abuse of the power given. By…

Among the Private Client team, clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea. This is usually due to concerns about the costs of care as they become elderly, or perhaps fears that their home would have to be sold to pay Inheritance Tax…

This month we witnessed National Grief Awareness Week from the 2nd-8th December and this year, perhaps more than any other year, highlights the importance of recognising grief, supporting those experiencing grief and becoming aware of the support systems available. Barrett and Co Solicitors are proud to support and work alongside the Good Grief Trust and…

For Property Law purposes nuisance is defined as an action (or failure to act) which is not otherwise authorised and which unduly interferes with the claimant’s enjoyment of his land. It has been famously said that whether or not something is a nuisance is a question to be determined not merely by an abstract consideration…

Who will pay for litigation and how much it will cost are two of the most frequently asked questions by clients. A common response is that “it depends”. Below I explore that answer. Before court proceedings commence Each party bears their own costs and generally you cannot recover your costs from the other party. The…

On leasehold properties where the lease has only eighty years to run, this may cause issues for lenders in granting mortgages. Each lender will have their own specific requirements and these are governed by the UK Finance Handbook. Prior to the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993), leaseholders/tenants with insufficient terms…

For many separated or divorcing families, this Christmas period may be the first school holiday where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. If this is the first separated Christmas it…

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