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Understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold

An important, but often misunderstood, aspect of property ownership is the difference between freehold and leasehold. There are three main ways you can own a property; freehold, leasehold or leasehold with a share of the freehold. Understanding the difference is extremely important when buying a property, as there are a number of common issues and […]

Upcoming major overhaul of family courts

The BBC recently published a news report over the upcoming changes to the family courts which aim to better protect victims of domestic abuse. Their report highlights the government’s review, its findings and the new measures which will soon come into being including: Automatic entitlement to separate waiting rooms, entrances and screens in family courts […]

Should I wait for the new divorce laws to come in before I start proceedings?

It has been announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will soon be given royal assent and the resulting new divorce laws will mean that fault based divorces will no longer be necessary. However the changes will not come into effect until Autumn 2021 at the earliest. There may be couples out there who […]

Wills ruled invalid due to mother’s delusions

A woman has successfully challenged her late mother’s 2010 and 2013 Wills on the basis that her mother was suffering from ‘insane delusions’ that caused her to disinherit her. Jean Clitheroe left letters of wishes with both Wills saying that she had deliberately omitted her daughter, Susan, because she was ‘a shopaholic and would just […]

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