Category: Legal Guides

Confidentiality Agreements

“Loose lips sink ships…” In business as in life – knowledge is power. The terms of most business deals are as individual as the companies involved with them, whether you are buying or selling a product, service or even an entire company. The last thing you want is to see a deal that’s taken months […]

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Gifts & Loans to Children

Gifts & Loans to Children – Parents are often conscious of the difficulties their children face in getting onto the property ladder. As a result many parents give their children a helping hand by loaning or giving them money towards the purchase of a property. Anyone wishing to assist their child in purchasing a property […]

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Appointing Guardians

If you have young children you will, from time to time, have thought about what would happen to them in the event of your death. Most people assume that family members would step in to help out, but it can be unwise to assume that families will behave rationally in the aftermath of a sudden […]

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Variation of Wills – Deeds of Variation

There are many reasons why the beneficiaries of a Will (or intestacy) may wish to give away some or all of their inheritance, such as: To pass assets down to the next generation To remedy a perceived unfairness in the effect of the Will or intestacy To settle a potential claim against the estate To […]

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ADRT & LPA – Compare and Contrast

Media interest in Court cases involving end-of-life treatment remains intense and more than ever we are made aware of the complex legal and ethical questions involved. Many people feel strongly that they would not wish to be kept alive in circumstances where there is no hope of recovery and no quality of life, but is […]

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Selling Your House? – Why You Need rhw’s Services

If you are thinking of selling your house we suggest that you contact us before the property is put on the market. You will have enough to manage in the move itself, with arranging and contacting for removal services, schools, utility companies etc without having to deal with the legal issues but if you still […]

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Wills – A Useful and Simple Guide

Appointment of Executors These are the persons who will, after your death, deal with the administration of your estate. This will involve making an inventory of your assets and liabilities, obtaining valuations, settling any Inheritance Tax payable, applying for and obtaining a Grant of Probate, collecting the assets, paying the debts and legacies and distributing […]

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Inheritance Tax – Transfer of Nil Rate Band

As from 9 October 2007 it has been possible for spouses to transfer their unused nil rate band allowances, so that any percentage of the nil rate band that was not used when the first spouse died can be carried forward and used on the death of the second spouse, in addition to his/her own […]

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Wills & The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (M(SSC)A 2013) came into force on 13 March 2014, making same-sex marriage legal in England and Wales from 29 March 2014. The rights of a same-sex married couple are the same as those of civil partners, including: Transfers of assets between them are exempt from inheritance tax Their […]

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Joint Bank Accounts & Mental Capacity

You may think you don’t need to make a lasting power of attorney because your money is held in a joint bank account with your partner. Most people assume that if they were to suffer a stroke or develop dementia, their partner would be able to carry on operating the account and would continue to […]

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Buying a Care Home – What You Need to Know

Part One: The Purchase There is a lot more to owning a care home than simply being a good Nurse or Doctor or having successfully run another type of business. The skills you will be required to acquire overnight will include selling, management, and staff selection skills, not forgetting business planning, cash flow forecasting and […]

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Grant of Probate & Letters of Administration

When a person dies, someone has to take responsibility for dealing with their property, debts and distributing the estate. The person dealing with the estate administration will normally be required to provide proof that he has the legal authority to deal with the deceased’s affairs, in order to close bank accounts, sell shares and otherwise […]

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Buying Land Free From Chancel Repair Liability

Buying land free from Chancel repair liability When you buy property (whether residential or commercial property) one of the key tasks of your solicitor is to check for any potential hidden liabilities. Though the system of Land Registration is aimed at achieving transparency, there is still a little way to go and one such potential […]

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