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Business succession – keeping it in the family

15th June 2012 | Business Law

Business Succession - Keeping It In The Family | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Handing over a family business to the next generation may seem straightforward but it can create unforeseen problems. In fact, succession plans involving family members may contain more risks than handovers involving complete strangers. With strangers, people tend to be cautious and get legal advice; with family they often rely on goodwill and a muddle through attitude. For example, it is...

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Man’s living will upheld – life-saving treatment can cease

13th June 2012 | Wills & Probate

Man's Living Will Upheld - Life Saving Treatment Cease | Middletons Law Firm | Andover Solicitors  A man’s living will calling for life-saving treatment to be withdrawn has been upheld by the Court of Protection. The 67-year-old man, known as XB during the hearing, suffered from motor neurone disease for several years. In November 2011, he communicated to family members using eye movements that artificial feeding and ventilation should be stopped under certain circumstances. This...

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Landlords must comply with new Tenancy Deposit Rules

25th May 2012 | Commercial Property

Landlords Must Comply With New Tenancy Deposit Rules | Middletons Law Firm | Andover Solicitors Landlords need to ensure they comply with tougher new tenancy deposit rules which came into effect on 6th April If they fail to do so, they could face fines and find it harder to evict tenants. The new rules are part of the Localism Act, which redefines the way landlords should protect the deposits given to them by their tenants. Tenancy deposit schemes were originally introduced in...

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Will declared invalid over signing error – adopted son loses out

21st May 2012 | Wills & Probate

Will Declared Invalid Over Signing Error | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  A couple’s adopted son is unable to inherit their estate as planned because they signed each other’s Wills by mistake. The court ruled that the Wills therefore had to be declared invalid. Alfred and Maureen Rawlings befriended and unofficially adopted orphan Terry Marley when he was 15. They already had two sons of their own. Mr Marley lived with them for 30 years and looked after them in...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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