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New Year’s Resolution No 5: - Make a Will

Only one of the following things is always true  I don’t need a Will because the wife will get everything anyway  I know we are not married, but we have been living together for years and he is “my common law husband”  I have given my house away so I will not have… Read More

Selling Your House? Choose Wisely

If you are selling your house, you should choose the solicitor you instruct after careful consideration. You should take into account not only how much they will charge you, but whether you think that they will offer you the quality and level of service that you require. There are all… Read More

High Court Judge overturns 180 fraudulent divorces

Source Financial Times 1st October 2014 The most senior family Judge in England and Wales, Sir James Munby, has overturned 180 divorce cases obtained by Italians in what he called a "conspiracy to pervert the course of justice on an almost industrial scale." It seems that Italians who wanted to get… Read More

Government collects £6.5bn in Stamp Duty Land Tax

During the year 2013/2014 the Government raised a total of £6.5bn from residential Stamp Duty Land Tax. This figure is 31% higher year on year, according to HMRC. The only year in which more was raised was 2007/2008. According to the Financial Times, the rise in SDLT receipts is partly… Read More

What is wrong with the conveyancing process? Some views.

We have been assisting buyers and sellers of houses for more than 100 years. During that time, the processes have changed out of all recognition. Not many years ago, things moved much more slowly with everything having to be done through the post. Completion was nearly always 28 days after… Read More

Ex Wife Can Claim - 23 years on

You may well have read of the well-publicised decision of the Supreme Court (the highest court in the UK) that a lady who was divorced from her husband more than 20 years ago can still make a claim to part of the fortune he has earned since their separation. The… Read More

Debt Collection

A recent survey undertaken by BACS showed that 60% of Small to Medium Enterprises are experiencing late payment issues. It also showed that the average SME is owed £38,186 and 1 in 4 said if that amount grew to £50,000, they would face bankruptcy. Less than £12,000 is a narrow… Read More

The Myth of the Compensation Culture

The popular press paints somebody who makes a claim for damages as a result of an accident as a scrounger out to get that to which they are somehow not entitled and as a burden on the insurance industry.  It is also suggested that Britain now has a “compensation culture”,… Read More

Things to do this month - No 1: Make a Will

Only one of the following things is always true: I don't need a Will because the wife will get everything anyway I know we are not married, but we have been living together for years and he is "my common law husband" I have given my house away so I will not have… Read More

Testimonials

Here is a selection of recent comments made by some of our clients: - "Having been in receipt of our Wills, thank you to your staff Mr Ovey and secretary at Wadebridge.  It is good, in our case, that you have a branch there" "I would like to take this opportunity to… Read More

Will the Pension Reforms affect the Property Market?

Many of you will have heard about the 2014 Budget in which the Chancellor announced that Britain's over 55s will no longer have to purchase an annuity with their pension pots.  Suggestions are being made that this may result in an influx of significant sums of money into the property… Read More

England and Wales - Capital and Maintenance on Divorce

There is no matrimonial property regime in England and Wales. On divorce, the parties have to make full disclosure of all their assets, wherever and however held. Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended) lists “matters to which the court is to have regard in deciding how… Read More