Ella joined Barrett & Co in August 2019 as a Legal Support Assistant and works closely with all members of the Private Client Team. During her day, Ella undertakes a variety of different tasks including taking new enquiries, typing letters, witnessing Wills, and dealing with the day to day administration of files.  Ella studied for…

A few years ago, a young man called Sam moved into a block of flats near Maidenhead. He started to notice an 85-year-old woman called Dorothy who lived in the flat across the hall. Curious to hear Dorothy’s life stories, Sam began stopping by to see her regularly. Sam quickly discovered that Dorothy had no…

In court cases, bundles of documents are prepared in support of each party’s argument, and made available to the other side and to the court.  Questions may sometimes arise as to the validity of the documents and paperwork submitted.   Parties will generally produce digital documents, such as bank statements, to prove that what they are…

You may have never heard of this acronym being used but it is an important one in the context of contentious probate and trust matters, especially if you are considering who will represent you. ACTAPS stands for the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and was founded around 20 years ago with various objectives…

Our mantra at Barrett & Co Solicitors is to ensure that our clients’ experience with us is the best that it can be. We always encourage our clients to provide us with feedback both during and after their transaction, so we can continuously learn and improve our services. Our clients’ positive feedback on our professional…

What is Right to Buy? The ‘Right to Buy’ is a government led scheme enabling those who currently rent their property from the council or housing association, to buy their property for a discount provided they meet the necessary criteria. The Right to Buy scheme provides access to special mortgages, some of which do not…

Equity release refers to a range of products that allow clients to access the equity (cash) tied up in their home if they are aged over the age of 55.  Clients can take the money released as a lump sum; in several smaller amounts; or a combination of both. There are generally two equity release…

Continuing our series of understanding conveyancing terminology, we look at what fixtures and fittings are and the key differences between them. Fixtures are defined as “forming part of the land” and therefore, as a buyer, you would expect to take over ownership of these items when purchasing a property. In many ways, this makes perfect…

For many separated or divorcing families, the summer 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. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do try to keep all arrangements for seeing the…

The programme is based on the work of probate detectives trying to find an eligible relative for a surprise inheritance. So why did 55,000 estates last year pass to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government? Simply because the deceased failed to make a Will and did not leave any eligible relatives. If you do…

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