100,000 People Overpaid Power of Attorney Fees – Do You Qualify for a Refund? How Can You Reclaim?

15th February 2018 | Wills & Probate

A Power of Attorney fee refund scheme has been launched. The scheme will see all those eligible for a partial refund to claim back money they overspent when making a Power of Attorney application. The new scheme was launched on the 1st of February of this year and aims to return the overpaid fee back to those who applied for lasting or enduring powers of attorney between the 1st April 2013 – 31st March 2017. The reason for the confusion of the price is down to the Office of the Public...


Advice for avoiding inheritance disputes

19th July 2017 | Dispute Resolution, Wills & Probate

How can you avoid claims against your estate? This can be a difficult task to tackle. There are a variety of things you can do to protect yourself and hopefully avoid inheritance disputes. 1. Understand the Intestacy Rules Many people don’t even have a Will in place when they die. When there is no Will to go by, an estate is distributed in accordance with what is referred to as ‘Intestacy Rules’. A change in these rules in 2014 led people to believe it would reduce the number of...


Why you should use a solicitor to draft your Will

10th July 2017 | Wills & Probate

DIY Wills may be tempting and how hard can they really be? Well you’d be surprised. Without the advice of a legal professional, a DIY Will can result in a variety of problems. Using a solicitor to draft your Will Wills & Probate Solicitors at Middletons Solicitors are experienced in all aspects of writing a Will. Where DIY Wills fall down is their attention to detail, small mistakes such as not using your full name, or evidence of staple or paperclip marks can cause issues later on...


What is considered a personal injury?

19th June 2017 | Personal Injury

Many people are unsure if they can claim compensation when they find themselves injured. A personal injury can be a physical injury, disease or illness, as well as a psychological injury or illness. These injuries could include an injury at work, during a traffic accident, as a result of tripping over uneven paving stones or even as a result of faulty good or services. As well as these physical injuries, personal injury claims can also cover psychological illnesses caused by...


What is mediation?

9th June 2017 | Dispute Resolution

What is mediation? | Middletons Solicitors | Andover | Warminster | Stockbridge Many people ask, ‘what is mediation?’ Essentially, mediation is a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party. When two parties are unwilling or unable to resolve a dispute, mediation can be a good option. Mediation is usually a voluntary process, although can sometimes be required by court orders or statutes. Mediation is a very practical solution to resolving both private and commercial...


What are the key things to include in a will?

10th May 2017 | Wills & Probate

Writing a will | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  There are a number of things you need to include when writing a will. With the help of one of our friendly and approachable legal specialists, you can rest assured everything will be covered. We take a look at the important things to include when writing a will: Writing a will and what to include Executors An executor is the person, or people, in charge of sorting out the estate. If this is required they have to apply for...


Get to know Middletons Solicitors

1st May 2017 | Commercial Property, Family Matters

Who are Middletons Solicitors? What do they do? With more than 50 years experience, Middletons Solicitors provide the highest standard of advice and service in all practice areas. Originally established as Middleton & Upsall in 1962, by Eustace Middleton and Michael Upsall, Middletons Solicitors has gone through multiple changes to become Middletons. In 2006, the firm acquired another local firm - Keith A Pearce - and opened an office in Westbury in 2010. Eventually, in 2012,...


What is a consent order? And why is it important?

16th April 2017 | Divorce and Separation, Family Matters

What is a consent order? | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  When a marriage does break down, there are decisions to be made. This includes who gets what, either in a court of law or mutually without legal intervention. Unfortunately, financial disputes can arise, with ex partners even returning and claiming assets at a later date. What is a consent order? A consent order is a legal document which finalises financial matters in a divorce. With one, your partner could return...


The importance of legal representation during divorce and separation

8th April 2017 | Divorce and Separation

Divorce is life-changing and difficult at the best of times. At this time, you’ll need that peace of mind that comes with working with our experts. A divorce or separation can affect those around you, such as your children or family members. Middletons Solicitors put your interests above everything else, dealing with your case sensitively and professionally. We understand the effects a divorce or separation can have on anyone involved, which is why we take great time and care in helping...


Four Reasons You Need To Write A Will

14th March 2017 | Wills & Probate

Writing a will can solve your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time once you’re gone. There are a variety of reasons why you should write a will. Your will tells everyone what should happen to your estate (your property, possessions and money) after you die. Unfortunately, if you don’t write a will, the law decides how your estate is passed on. This may not be necessarily how you had planned. Here are four reasons why you should write a will. 1. Reduce...