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This is Why You Should Appoint a Professional to Administer Your Estate

When making your will, there are very good reasons why it makes sense to appoint a professional to administer your estate. A High Court ruling showed why the modest cost of doing so is very nearly always well worth it . After some relatively small...

Determined Not to Go Into a Care Home? Your Wishes Are Due Full Respect

Many frail and vulnerable people have an antipathy to institutional care and wish for nothing more than to stay in their own homes. That may not always be feasible but, as a Court of Protection ruling showed, judges pay the greatest respect to their freedom...

Householder Plagued by Aircraft Noise Receives £75,000 Compensation

If noise arising from major infrastructure projects disturbs your peace and diminishes the value of your home, you have a legal right to fair compensation. In a case on point, a householder living a mile away from an extended airport runway was awarded...

Leaving Home - Mother Ordered to Respect Disabled Son's Independence

The wrench of a child leaving home is a tough experience for many parents and that can be particularly so when the child is disabled. However, as a Court of Protection case showed , not even parents are entitled to stand in the way of their offspring...

Making a Will? You Are Obliged to Remember Your Financial Dependants

When making your will, it is vital to bear in mind the responsibilities you owe to those who depend on you financially. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of a 12-year-old boy whose aunt treated him as if he were her own child throughout...

Trading Via a Company - Fitness Coach Faces COVID-19 Grants Clawback

Conducting your trade through the medium of a limited company can bring tax and other benefits. However, as a case concerning the clawback of COVID-19 support grants paid to a fitness coach showed , it can also have disadvantages, not all of which can be...

Want a Loved One to Succeed to Your Council Tenancy? See a Lawyer Today

If you are a council tenant and are anxious to ensure that a loved one succeeds to your tenancy after your death, you should seek legal advice straight away. A High Court case powerfully illustrated the potentially dire consequences of failing to do so. The...

Divorce - There Can Be a High Price for Failing to Negotiate Responsibly

Divorcees who are unwilling to give ground and negotiate responsibly with a view to achieving a financial settlement with their ex-spouses are highly likely to pay a stiff price for their lack of flexibility. The High Court emphasised the point in a...

Considering Making a Home-Made Will? Read This and Think Again

The trouble with wills that have not been professionally drafted is that they very often signally fail either to accurately reflect the testator's wishes or to achieve fairness. That was certainly so in the case of a man who, by his home-made will, all but...

Plagued by Noise Nuisance? You Don't Have to Just Grin and Bear It

Sporting and other community facilities are obviously desirable but, as a guideline High Court ruling showed , there are effective legal steps you can take if they become a magnet for anti-social behaviour that amounts to a statutory nuisance. Three...
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