An often-overlooked aspect of a County Court claim is that obtaining a judgment against a debtor does not automatically guarantee payment. Quite often Creditors will find that they are in possession of a Judgment, but the Debtor simply does not pay. In these circumstances, the Creditor must consider further enforcement action, which can often be…

Legislation is due to come into force on 1 June 2019 introducing new protections for most residential tenants in the private rented sector in England under the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (“TFA”). The new legislation will apply to all new tenancies with a grace period for compliance of 1 year for existing tenancies. The purpose…

On 9th April, the Government announced plans to reform current divorce law with the aim of reducing family conflict. Currently when applying for a divorce, only one party can make the application (the Petitioner). In the application, the Petitioner will need to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and rely on one of…

Nowadays many people have second marriages where their new partner already has children, some of whom are adults. If you have a step-child and you have not formally adopted the child, then they will not automatically inherit your estate when you pass away. This is particularly important where the step-child is of adult age and…

It is always sad to read that anyone is separating or divorcing. The singer and song-writer Adele is now subject to much press attention and speculation, and no doubt many will focus on her considerable wealth and the potential claims that her husband might have. Whatever the actual wealth of Adele, it appears that there…

Barrett & Co Solicitors LLP were among the sponsors of the 3rd Berkshire Race Squad School Ski Race which took place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at the John Nike Bracknell Ski Slope. The event was attended by 65 school age children from across Berkshire and the surrounding area and was designed to introduce ski…

The short answer to that question is . . . not yet. In November’s newsletter, I wrote an article warning that the Government was about to bring in a massive increase to the fees charged to obtain probate. The proposed changes will increase probate court fees from the current cost of £215 (or £155 if…

Barrett and Co can offer you advice on how to reduce your inheritance tax bill…please get in touch As the end of the tax year draws to a close we take this opportunity to remind you of annual gift exemptions that you may want to quickly take advantage of, or plan for the new financial…

The Best Family Solicitor in Reading is a great accolade being given to Paul Wild by independent review website Three Best Rated. Paul has been a partner for many years at Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP and has been advising on family disputes and divorce as his speciality.   There are many areas where Paul…

Not many people agree on things nowadays. There is probably an even split about Brexit, and whether it is a good or a bad thing. But one thing most people do agree with, is that solicitors should be more open about their fees. The truth is that the average person who has not got a…

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