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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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2 GOOD REASONS TO MAKE A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY

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...

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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...

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Man challenges his uncle’s Will to inherit house

7th January 2012 | Wills & Probate

A man has won the right to inherit his uncle’s house even though he had been written out of the Will. The issue arose when the man and his family moved into his uncle’s house on the understanding that they would inherit the property. The uncle encouraged the move and made several promises that they would inherit. The nephew carried out maintenance and repair work on the basis that the house would eventually be his. However, the relationship between the two men began to sour. The...

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