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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...


How Can I Resolve A Dispute?

13th May 2015 | Dispute Resolution

Disputes can happen over many different things and in many different places. You may find yourself involved with a dispute with your landlord, with your neighbour or perhaps with your employer. These disputes will obviously occur for very different reasons however, the resolution process is similar in all of them. It is important to recognise that disputes can often escalate quickly but understanding how they can be resolved may help you to bring your dispute to a close. When you...


Battling sisters lose control of elderly mother’s finances

30th April 2015 | Wills & Probate

Secure Your Interests With By Drawing Up A Lasting Power of Attorney | Middletons Two sisters who detest each other and no longer speak have lost the right to look after their elderly mother’s finances. Their 97-year-old mother drew up a lasting power of attorney (LPA) eight years ago appointing them as her deputies so they could make decisions on her behalf if she became unable to manage her finances herself. The mother is now frail and in need of support but a judge has ruled...


Apprentices are top gainers as National Minimum Wage rises

15th April 2015 | Business Law

Apprentices Top Gainers As National Wage Rises | Middletons Solicitors Apprentices will get the biggest pay boost when the National Minimum Wage increases come into effect in October. The adult rate will rise by 20p from £6.50 per hour to £6.70, a 3% increase. However, the rate for apprentices will rise by 57p to £3.30 per hour. The government says the larger increase is designed to make the pay rate for apprenticeships comparable to other choices for work. Ministers are also...