Lockdown Property & Conveyancing To Do List

May 11, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

Co-parenting & Dealing with Child Arrangements During the Lockdown

May 06, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

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 ...

Rise in Domestic Abuse During Lockdown

May 04, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 Refuge. 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 ...

Making a Will & Arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney

April 20, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

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.

Coping During the Covid 19 Pandemic

April 14, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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.

Maintaining Relationship Harmony During Lockdown

April 13, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

We are still here for you (just remotely)!

April 06, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

Official Government Advice on Buying and Selling Property During the Coronavirus Outbreak

April 01, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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, and ...

Is 2020 the Year for a Property Move?

March 23, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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. Estate 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 transactions. 2019 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 ...

Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

March 16, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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, for example: It is not possible to void or ‘annul’ a civil partnership on the basis of non-consummation.You 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 ...

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