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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…

(Or EWS1 Certificates and other hot topics, and why Commercial Property Lawyers need to worry about these too.) On 14 June 2017 a horrific fire engulfed the Grenfell tower block in North Kensington.  72 people died.  Many more were injured and many, many more left homeless. Subsequent reports implicated aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on…

Last updated: 12th March 2021 The Government has again extended the evictions ban, and it will remain unlawful to evict most residential tenants until 31st May 2021 at the earliest. The new extension replaces the current ban which was scheduled to end at the end of March. It is not yet clear whether any further…

Further extension of the furlough scheme to 30 September The budget announced on 3rd March 2021 confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Furlough will continue until 30 September.  The scheme covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they do not work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month….

The importance of the Health and Welfare Lasting of Power of Attorney has been highlighted recently with the Covid-19 vaccination. Many of the elderly and vulnerable members of society have already received their first vaccination. If you or a family member have not taken up your vaccination appointment then what can and what can’t you…

A recent case in the High Court Chancery Division (Riverside Park Ltd v NHS Property Services Limited [2016] EWhC 1313 (Ch)) illustrates the difficulty of exercising break clauses in commercial leases and the importance of taking legal advice when looking to surrender premises: The claimant, Riverside Park Ltd, granted a 10-year lease of Suite 4…

In 2013, the government created a Help to Buy scheme to enable individuals to buy as little as 25% or as much as 75% of a home and pay rent on the rest. If you cannot quite afford the mortgage on 100% of a home, then the Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme offered individuals…

Following on from last month’s contentious probate article, Contentious Probate: How Much and Who Pays, we go into detail about one particular way in which clients can instruct a solicitor: using a CFA. What is a CFA? A conditional fee agreement is an agreement between a client and their lawyer where payment of the lawyer…

Many of us decide to start a new year with a New Years Resolution; it may be to eat less chocolate, try out a new craft or to exercise more. The staff at Barrett & Co are no exception. In January 2021, our Private Client Solicitor Charlotte Corcoran decided to challenge herself and signed up…

The Court does need to be involved to formalise the divorce process; however, it is possible to resolve the majority of issues (for example matrimonial finances) amicably and by consent. Agreeing matters by consent can provide parties with more control over the outcome and can save tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees. We…

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