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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…

The old saying goes that there are only two guarantees in life: death and taxes. Therefore, with this in mind, it makes sense why so many of us want to ensure that after we die, our hard-earned assets are passed to the people who mean the most to us. Although Barrett & Co recommends that…

What is Parental Alienation? Although there is no single definition, parental alienation is recognised to be when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent. This is one of several reasons why a child may possibly reject or resist spending time…

Setting up trusts, transferring assets to children or grandchildren and gifting money to relatives can at times be utilised as effective lifetime tax planning methods to try to limit the Inheritance Tax liability of an estate when carefully explored using professional legal advisors. But what happens when you take advice provided by a company you…

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….

We are delighted to confirm that Charlotte Fox, one of our solicitors in the Private Client team, has now returned from taking a year of maternity leave. Charlotte and her husband, Will, welcomed their baby girl, Emelia, into the world on 3rd April 2020 and have been kept on their toes ever since! Emelia, known…

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…

Another lawyer joins our Family Team! Aadil joined Barrett & Co as a Family Solicitor in February 2021 having previously worked for a law firm in West London. He qualified as a solicitor in July 2018 and specialises in all aspects of family law. He offers a client friendly approach when dealing with sensitive matters,…

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…

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