No Fault Divorce

21st May 2019 | Divorce and Separation, Family Matters

There has been a lot of publicity recently about the Government’s intention to introduce what is known as “no fault divorce”. This is a very welcome change. However, it is not yet with us – it is still reliant upon the Government introducing it through Parliament when Parliamentary time allows! We won’t mention Brexit! Nevertheless, it does have cross-party support and therefore is very likely to be introduced. Up until now to obtain a divorce – if not relying on one of the...


Probate Fees Set To Increase

11th February 2019 | Wills & Probate

You may have heard on the news that the Government is yet again returning to the question of increasing probate fees. On 7 February 2019, the House of Commons Delegated Legislation Committee voted to progress these changes – so what are the new fees going to be? And when are they going to be introduced?  Should you be applying for probate now? While the changes are yet to be approved by the House of Commons and a date for that has not yet been announced, the proposed changes will...


Point of Interest – Ownership of the Immovable Property Outside the Jurisdiction of England, Wales and the European Union

11th February 2019 | Property

We wanted to share an interesting question that we have been asked about property (land and buildings) owned outside the jurisdiction of England, Wales and the European Union. The specific question arose with regard to the inheritance of property in Egypt and it underlines the need to take clear legal advice from a lawyer qualified in the jurisdiction in the country where property is situated. Apparently, in Egypt, there is an entirely different set of rules from those in England and...


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,...