May 11, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
Lockdown may have ground many
things to a halt, but we’re still very busy in our work-from-home offices,
mostly helping out clients with conveyancing and property law issues. Of
course, certain elements of the process have been put on hold – like viewings,
removals, and transactions concerning occupied properties, but if you had plans
to move house this year – or are feeling frustrated by the delays – here’s a
handy checklist of things to do to prepare, and ways to help the process go
more smoothly once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Property searches: As if you need an excuse to browse RightMove
or Zoopla… You can obviously still carry out property searches online, and work
with your conveyancer to make enquiries about ...
May 06, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
Since the lockdown measures were put in place we’ve had lots of enquiries from separated parents asking for advice on the rules around children’s arrangements - and we are here to help so please get in touch! The current situation is new to all of us and there are many issues that are turning out to be particularly confusing or difficult to navigate for parents. Co-parenting after separation is challenging enough already, as there’s so much to think about both emotionally and practically for you and your children, but right now it’s even more difficult to know how to balance what is right for the children, how to adhere to existing children’s arrangements, and how to keep ...
May 04, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
The National Domestic Abuse
helpline has reported a 700% increase in calls in a single day, and a 25%
increase in requests for help since the UK went into lockdown, according to
Campaigners and charities have
warned that the current restrictions are likely to exacerbate situations of
domestic abuse. Visits to the National Domestic Abuse helpline website in March
were 150% higher compared to the last week of February, and campaigner Rachel
Williams has expressed concerns that homicides will also escalate as social
distancing measures continue.
Sandra Horley, chief executive
of Refuge explained that many perpetrators already use isolation as “a tool of
control” and this will undoubtedly have been made worse by the tension of
lockdown, and the removal ...
April 20, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
The world is pretty scary right
now, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about the future. We’ve avoided posting
anything about making wills or end-of-life care lately, because nobody needs
reminding about the worst case scenario, but, as it turns out, we’ve had a lot
of enquiries from people wanting help with these issues over the past few
weeks, so perhaps it is something we should
be putting out in the open and facing up to. So many of us feel powerless and
confused and anxious about the developing Coronavirus situation, and it’s
natural to seek out ways of feeling more in control about such an unknown and
unfamiliar situation. For some, that means having peace of mind if the worst did happen.
April 14, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
We know many of our clients are struggling with worries about the pandemic, and the changes to daily life caused by lockdown, so we would like to share the following advice from local psychotherapist Lyn Williams. We hope it's helpful to you, and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Living with Challenges
We are currently living through
challenging times; bombarded every day with distressing and negative news and
images. We have to remember however, we are living
with corona virus, not living for it.
With this in mind, I have put together a few tips on how to manage your
feelings and thoughts at this difficult time.
April 13, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
So, it looks like we may be
staying home for the next few months… It’s a bizarre situation, and many of us
aren’t used to being in such close proximity to our partner and/or family 24/7.
And no matter how much you may love each other, you’re probably going to get on
each other’s nerves at some point or another (if you haven’t already)...
Despite all the
rainbows-in-windows and sourdough starters going around the internet, the
reality is that many people are finding this time fairly stressful. We don’t
have our usual release valves – going out for a drink, meeting friends, playing
sport, or even just going to work – and it’s understandable that relationships
may feel under strain being cooped up ...
April 06, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
To all our clients, past,
present and future: we are still here for you – albeit at a slight distance…
The global position regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) is changing week by week, but in light of the current Government guidelines on best practice, we no longer accepting any face-to-face appointments at our local offices. You can still continue to contact us and book appointments and consultations online, by phone or FaceTime.
Our priority is the welfare of
our employees and clients, but we would like to reassure you that we are
continuing to operate as close to normal as possible. Our technology is
second-to-none and we can and we have robust contingency plans in ...
April 01, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
The Government, working with Public Health
England, has provided new advice for anyone buying or selling residential
property during the current Covid-19 crisis.
In accordance with the current stay-at-home
guidelines, several aspects of the property industry have understandably had to
adapt or been put on hold for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean
things have ground to a halt!
So long as all parties follow the appropriate
safety measures and are prepared to be flexible, there is no need to pull out
of existing transactions or give up on buying or selling property during this
time, but in all cases, the health and safety of individuals should be
prioritised. Follow the advice of your estate agent, solicitor, conveyancer,
March 23, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
According to data from Rightmove, the housing market is anticipating a spring surge in 2020 following a slow, uncertain year of political turmoil and rising house prices in 2019.
agents and property experts have reported renewed confidence in the housing
market after the election and Brexit as buyers and sellers who may have been
‘sitting on their hands’ are finally moving forward with enquiries and
saw an all-time high for British property prices, along with falling numbers of
enquiries from new buyers, low numbers of agreed sales, and a general lack of
homes on the market. Experts put this down to a general hesitancy over the
results of the election and Brexit, meaning that buyers ...
March 16, 2020 | Posted by : J Morris
As of a new ruling in December 2019, both same-sex and mixed-sex couples are now able to enter into a civil partnership as an alternative to marriage. Civil
partnerships award many of the same rights to a couple as marriage does, and
the dissolution of a civil partnership is similar in many ways to divorce, but
there are a few differences that are worth noting when it comes to separation,
is not possible to void or ‘annul’ a civil partnership on the basis of
can only cite adultery as a ground for dissolution (or divorce) in the case of
mixed-sex infidelity. To
end a civil partnership, you must apply to the court for a ‘dissolution order’ and
you may ...