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  • Lisa Dave - Family Law, Wills, LPA and Probate
    I do not know the whereabouts of my estranged spouse. Can I still get divorced?
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    I do not know the whereabouts of my estranged spouse. Can I still get divorced? In England and Wales it is possible to obtain a divorce even if a spouse is missing. A person would need to petition under the grounds of either unreasonable behaviour, 5 years separation or desertion. Before the Court will allow… Learn more

  • William King - Commercial Property
    Dilapidations – The State of Repair
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    Dilapidations – The State of Repair Virtually all commercial leases contain an obligation for the property to be returned to the landlord at the end of the tenancy in a good condition and state of repair. But who decides what constitutes a good state of repair? What exactly are the obligations of the tenant? What… Learn more

  • Jade Price - Business Law
    What happens upon the death of a shareholder? Cross-option agreements
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    What happens upon the death of a shareholder? Cross-option agreements Usually the spouse will inherit the deceased’s shares, making them a shareholder in the company. The spouse may never have had any involvement in the company prior to their partner’s death. This can create a problem for the company and the spouse alike, as responsibilities… Learn more

  • Abi Barrick - Wills & Probate
    Bank Accounts and Mental Capacity
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    Bank Accounts and Mental Capacity   When discussing Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) with my clients, I am often asked if they are necessary. Surely if you have a joint bank account with your partner, a financial LPA is not needed? The assumption is that if you lose mental capacity then your nominated relative has… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    Should children always have contact with both parents?
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    Should children always have contact with both parents? Justice Peter Jackson has recently reached a conclusion that a transgender mother (the children’s birth father) should only have very limited indirect contact with her five children due to the pressure and disapproval of the ‘ultra-orthodox community’ in which they live as a result of her transgender… Learn more

  • Jade Price - Business Law
    Can a company buy back its own shares?
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    Can a company buy back its own shares? Prior to the Companies Act 2006 (the Act), it was prohibited for a company to buy back its own shares, so the only option available to a shareholder wanting to sell their shares was to find a third party to purchase the shares. Buybacks are now permitted… Learn more

  • Aimee Pyrah - Residential Conveyancing
    Power Of Attorney
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    Power Of Attorney A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person to assign another to act on their behalf. This person is known as the donor. The donor will see a solicitor to draft an arrangement by assigning an individual or multiple people to act on their behalf under certain circumstances,… Learn more

  • Marie Moule - Residential Conveyancing
    Japanese Knotweed – The Legalities
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    Japanese Knotweed – The Legalities Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a hardy, fast growing plant Native to Japan, East Asia, China and Korea. Originally introduced to the UK for ornamental garden purposes, knotweed has now spread out of UK gardens and was first recorded in the UK  wild in 1886. It is able to grow… Learn more

  • Jade Price - Business Law
    Incorporation of buy-to-let businesses
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    Incorporation of buy-to-let businesses Many individuals with a property portfolio are now looking to incorporate as a company or LLP in order to be tax efficient. This is due to changes being implemented from April 2017 that will see landlords pay tax at a rate of up to 45% on the entire rental income they… Learn more

  • William King - Commercial Property
    Commercial Signage Clauses
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    Commercial Signage Clauses Are you a commercial tenant taking up new premises? Maybe you are updating the frontage of your existing leased property with a new eye catching fascia? Either way, you will be keen that your new and expensive signage is highly noticeable and attracts the sort of attention you desire. But how do… Learn more

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