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Prime Minister doubles funding for research into dementia

18th May 2012 | Wills & Probate

Prime Minister Doubles Research Into Dementia Funding | Middletons Law | Andover Solicitors  Prime Minister David Cameron is to double the funding for research into dementia to £66m by 2015. It’s estimated that dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK. Mr Cameron said: “One of the greatest challenges of our time is what I’d call the quiet crisis, one that steals lives and tears at the hearts of families, but that relative to its impact is hardly...


The perils of break clauses for commercial tenants

11th May 2012 | Commercial Property

Perils of Break Clause For Commercial Tenants | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Break clauses are a good way for businesses to hedge their bets when moving into new premises. Taking on a long or medium term lease offers them stability if their business thrives, while the break clause gives them the option to pull out after a certain period if things don’t go as well as expected. However, the safety net can fail if tenants don’t meet all the conditions of the break...


Changes to employment tribunals come into effect

8th May 2012 | Dispute Resolution

Changes To Employment Tribunals Come Into Effect | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Changes to employment tribunals designed to save businesses £50m a year and make it easier for them to take on staff have now come into effect. The Government says it has streamlined the system to reduce some of the burden on employers and reduce the number of vexatious claims. The main changes are: • The qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal rises from one to two...


The importance of Cohabitation Agreements

4th May 2012 | Cohabitation Issues

The Importance of Cohabitation Agreements | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Disputes often arise between cohabiting couples who have no legal agreement about how their assets should be divided if their relationship breaks down and they separate. In a recent case, a man found that he was not entitled to a half share in the house where he had lived with his partner. The woman in the case had entered a property as a local authority tenant. The man moved in later and...


Will Writing to be Regulated to protect the public

1st May 2012 | Wills & Probate

Will Writing To Be Regulated To Protect Public | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors Will writing and estate administration services are to face strict regulation to protect consumers from sloppy and fraudulent practitioners. The move comes after a long investigation by the Legal Services Board (LSB) – the body that oversees the regulation of legal services. The issue arose because at the moment, anyone can set up in business as a will writer, even though they have no...


Developer made to repay deposits after Commercial Property contract breach

27th April 2012 | Commercial Property

Developed To Repay Contract Breach Deposits | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  A developer of a block of flats has been ordered to return deposits to purchasers because the building was not completed on time. However, it was not the delay itself that caused the problem, but the lack of due diligence in failing to get the work done as quickly as possible after problems arose. In February 2008, the developer took deposits from several people buying long leases on flats in a...


Woman awarded £7,500 after falling in supermarket

24th April 2012 | Personal Injury

Personal Injury Supermarket Fall Claim Awarded £7500 | Middletons Law | Andover Solicitors A 34-year-old woman has been awarded £7,500 compensation after falling in a supermarket. She had been shopping when she slipped on water that had leaked from one of the fridges. She fell to the floor and sustained soft tissue injuries to her right knee and left foot. She found it difficult to stand for long periods or walk up and down the stairs. It was expected that it would take nearly...


Bankruptcy and Divorce Proceedings

17th April 2012 | Family Matters

Bankruptcy and Divorce Proceedings | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors Individual insolvencies are on the increase, probably caused by the recession.  In divorce proceedings, when finances are discussed, sometimes one party will raise the issue of possible bankruptcy due to a high level of personal debt.  Family lawyers need to be alive to the fact that the threat of bankruptcy is merely a negotiating tactic in the hope of achieving a more acceptable settlement.  However, it is...



14th March 2012 | Wills & Probate

Two Good Reasons To Make Lasting Power of Attorney | Middletons Law Firm | Andover Solicitors Last week I was asked by a relative of an elderly client to go to Salisbury hospital to see my client about making a Lasting Power of Attorney. I arrived with a retired social worker who I had asked to act as an independent person who could verify that my Client fully understood the nature of the document she was being asked to sign, and sign the appropriate certificate. Unfortunately the...


An example of why Wills should not be left until the last minute

28th February 2012 | Wills & Probate

Wills Act - Don't Leave Until The Last Minute | Middletons Solicitors  | Andover Solicitors The Wills Act 1837.  175 years ago Parliament passed the Wills Act which still dictates whether a Will is valid today. When you consider the number of Acts of Parliament which have been added to the statute book since then, it is perhaps surprising that the development of the law relating to Wills has largely been left to the Judges by way of case law rather than Members of Parliament.  The...