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Woman inherits £163,000 despite being written out of mother’s will

5th August 2015 | Wills & Probate

A woman who was written out of her mother’s will because she eloped with her boyfriend when she was 17 has won her appeal to inherit a share of the family estate and been awarded £163,000. It’s considered an important ruling by legal experts and could influence the way some wills are drawn up in the future. The case involved a woman who had been estranged from her mother for 26 years, since leaving home at the age of 17 to be with her boyfriend. She later married him and they...


The pitfalls of DIY Wills

3rd August 2015 | Wills & Probate

Pitfalls of DIY Wills | Middletons Solicitors For many people making a Will is the last thing they want to spend their hard earned money on. This is reflected in the fact that more than 60 per cent of the UK population do not have a Will. The importance of a Will should not be underestimated though and perhaps this is why there have been a rise in the use of ‘Do-it-Yourself’ Wills. Whilst a DIY Will can indeed save you money, there are some very real concerns that you should be aware of...


Medical negligence and how to claim

29th July 2015 | Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury

If you or someone in your family has suffered from poor care whilst being treated in hospital or at a GP surgery, it can be very upsetting for you, but poor care does not necessarily mean that there has been medical negligence. Whilst medical negligence claims are rising, the number of claims is still relatively small in comparison to the number of people who utilise the services of the NHS, but that does not lessen the impact of medical negligence on your life. The consequences of...


Downsizing – An end to the housing crisis?

15th July 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

With property being snapped up quickly in sought after locations and a very real housing crisis happening, there is a new focus on older people who are living in large properties that they no longer utilise. In fact, statistics say that there are over 3 million people in the UK who are over 55 and looking to downsize – but what exactly is stopping them? First and foremost is the lack of suitable smaller property for older people. Only 2 per cent of all housebuilding completed in the UK is...


Lasting power of attorney forms now ‘simpler and clearer’

30th June 2015 | Wills & Probate

Lasting Power of Attorney Forms Made Clearer | Middletons Solicitors Lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms have been updated to make them simpler and clearer. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), which administers LPAs, says the move is in response to feedback from users following a consultation exercise. LPAs enable you to protect your interests in the future in case you ever lose mental capacity through injury or ill health. They allow you to nominate someone you trust,...


How to sell your home this Summer

16th June 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

A Guide on How To Sell Your Home This Summer | Middletons Solicitors With the weather hopefully on the turn towards some sunshine, your thoughts may be turning to putting your property on the market so you can move on to a new home. The summer can be a difficult time to sell your home with lots of people away on holiday, but there are some key benefits to selling this summer. • Post-election surge – with a majority government in place and the country being stable, many property...


How do I resolve a dispute with a tradesman?

10th June 2015 | Dispute Resolution

How Do I Resolve A Dispute With A Tradesman? | Middletons Solicitors Deciding to carry out some work on your property can be exciting. Whether you are planning a bathroom or kitchen refit or something bigger like an extension, it makes sense to get some comparable quotes and some references from your tradesman and where possible use tradesman recommended to you by friends or family. This should go a long way to helping you avoid employing a poor workman, but you are still not protected...


Will New Mortgage Rules Affect You?

4th June 2015 | Buying and Selling a Home

Will New Mortgage Rules Affect You? | Middletons Solicitors New and stricter rules were imposed by banks and building societies in 2014. As a result, there are now a number of people who are being affected by this tougher regime, with some estimates as high as 40 per cent of people who will now not be able to get a new mortgage. This will not only affect people who have sold their property and are moving home, but also those whose mortgage deal has come to an end and need to...


How re-marriages can lead to disputes over Wills

3rd June 2015 | Wills & Probate

The rising number of re-marriages and relationships involving older couples has led to an increasing number of disputes over Wills in the last few years. Conflicts due to relationships started later in life have now become one of the main reasons for families taking legal action if they feel they have missed out on their rightful inheritance following the death of a relative. A typical problem arises when a man or woman remarries and then leaves all their Estate to their current...


Charity Cyclist’s Widow Receives Compensation

15th May 2015 | Personal Injury

Charity Cyclist’s Widow Receives Compensation | Middletons Solicitors  The widow of a man who was killed after hitting a pothole in the road during a charity bike ride has been awarded a six figure sum in compensation from North Yorkshire County Council. Martyn Uzzell was completing a charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats and was cycling on the A65 near Giggleswick when he hit a pothole in the road and was thrown off his bike into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The...