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…

“Rectification” is the process by which documents are changed by the Court to correctly reflect the intentions of the parties at the date on which the agreement set out in the document was reached. The question arose as to whether or not a “Disclosure Letter”  (a letter produced by the seller during the course of…

If you have just received your exam results, you may be interested to find out more about how you have been marked, the comments made about you and your exam paper. You may even want to make an appeal against a mark you have been given. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) gives you the…

The Charity Commission recently issued an alert to the charity sector about cyber crime and how to report it to them. Cyber crime has a number of definitions but usually involves attacks on or through computer systems and networks. It often includes the theft of data or the disruption of systems to enable further criminal…

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