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Buying A New Build Off Plan?

20th November 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

Buying a new build off plan can be one of the most exciting ways to buy a house as you can have real control over how your home looks, but there are some downsides to buying off plan. Here are some of the things you will need to consider before you take the plunge and buy a new build that is currently just a building site. Help to buy has helped to kick start the desire for new build property and this may mean that you fail to consider the risks that may be involved – you will...


Two women deceived in divorce settlements can apply for more

12th November 2015 | Family Matters

Two women who claim their husbands withheld the true extent of their wealth in divorce proceedings have won their appeal to be allowed to reopen their cases and apply for a better settlement. Alison Sharland received £10m in cash and property when she divorced her husband Charles three years ago. At the time she was led to believe that his business, Appsense, was valued at between £31m and £47m. However, reports in the media later suggested that the business was due to be...


Neighbourly Disputes

9th November 2015 | Dispute Resolution

How To Approach Neighbourly Disputes | Middletons Solicitors When you move into a house you are never sure of the type of neighbour you are going to get. Most people get on with their neighbours, but there are times when relations can be strained. This can be for any number of reasons, such as on street parking, boundaries, repairs to shared amenities or problems with noise. Hopefully the issues can be ironed out and you can continue to live in peace with your neighbour. Sometimes though,...


What is Criminal Injuries Compensation?

5th November 2015 | Personal Injury

Criminal Injuries Compensation Explained | Middletons Solicitors  If you are injured as an innocent victim of crime, you have the right to apply for compensation for your injuries. Your injuries can be physical or psychological and the method used to assess compensation is a specific tariff which your case will be mapped against to see what compensation you are entitled to. There are a number of different criteria that need to be met in order to make a claim for criminal injuries...


Lasting Power of Attorney Changes

15th October 2015 | Wills & Probate

Lasting Power of Attorney Changes | Middletons Solicitors Lasting Power of Attorney, also known as LPA, is an important tool. It allows an individual to appoint a person to act on their behalf once they decide that they no longer want the hassle or responsibility of their day to day financial affairs or once they no longer have the capacity to make day to day decisions about their medical care. There are two different types of LPA – the first is Property and Finance and the second...


A Guide to the Divorce Process

7th October 2015 | Family Matters

A Guide To The Divorce Process | Middletons Solicitors Making the decision to end your marriage will never be an easy one, but understanding the divorce process may help you to feel a little more in control of what is happening. This guide will lay out the procedure for you and highlight some of the areas you need to consider. In order to start the divorce process, you must have been married for a least a year and your marriage must have irretrievably broken down. Once you have decided...


A Guide to buying at Auction

17th September 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

Thanks to the rise in television programmes like ‘Homes under the Hammer’ showing the returns that can be made on property bought at auction, many people are now considering this as an option to get the property they want. There are so many benefits to buying at auction, however it is really important to understand the process so you go into it with your eyes wide open and don’t expose yourself to potential legal issues or monetary sanctions. This guide will help you to plan and buy...


Should Cohabitation and Legal Rights Go Hand In Hand?

18th August 2015 | Family Matters

Should Cohabitation and Legal Rights Go Hand In Hand? | Middletons Solicitors The myth of common law marriage has been around for so long and many people still believe that if you live with someone for a period of time that you obtain similar rights to those of a married couple. Even though this is absolutely untrue, a recent YouGov survey demonstrates that there is a real lack of knowledge and understanding around the legal rights of a cohabiting couple. Nearly half of the people...


Boundary Disputes and their impact

14th August 2015 | Dispute Resolution

Most boundary disputes that arise happen between residential property owners. This is probably because of the emotional reactions that occur when we feel our homes are being challenged. Boundary disputes tend to cause a huge amount of disruption for the parties involved and can take a very long time to resolve through the courts and cost a huge amount of money, not to mention the emotional toll this process has on the people involved. So what are the real issues in a boundary...


How is threat of a rise in interest rates affecting the market?

12th August 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

Mortgage companies and lenders seem to be reacting to the threat of a rise in interest rates by pulling their most attractive fixed rate offers off the shelf. This means that you should act quickly if you are planning to move or looking for a new mortgage deal. The problem with a few lenders taking action like this is that the other lenders take notice and then start to do the same. This results in a bigger impact in the market. With competition so stiff in the last few years, many lenders...