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Co-habitation agreements explained

Co-habitation agreements explained

Unmarried couples have far fewer rights than married couples, which can result in difficulties if you separate. A cohabitation agreement helps to ensure that you start a relationship on an open and honest footing, knowing that you will have the financial certainty...
Powers of Attorney vs Deputyship

Powers of Attorney vs Deputyship

Most people are keen to make a will to ensure that their estate is dealt with in line with their wishes once they are gone, however, there is a common theme of ignoring that same estate within the lifetime. Too often, the phrases “I will do that later” or “I don’t...
Succession and tax planning for high-net-worth families

Succession and tax planning for high-net-worth families

‘Whether you have built up a portfolio of assets through business activities, savings and investments, or you have inherited a significant wealth, it is important to plan efficiently in order to minimise tax implications,’ says Jonathan Dickson, partner here at...
Disposing of a lease: A Quick Guide

Disposing of a lease: A Quick Guide

Alienation plays a key role in the transfer of, or dealings with, leasehold interests within the commercial property sector. Whilst the term itself may indeed seem ‘alien’ to most, at some point or another commercial landlords and tenants alike will find themselves in...
Delays and knowledge gap hit hard for splitting couples

Delays and knowledge gap hit hard for splitting couples

Divorce rates are on the decline according to the latest official statistics, with just over 80,000 completed in 2022, down by almost 30% from 113,505 in 2021, but delays in the family courts mean couples are waiting longer than ever to finalise the parting of their...
What are pre-contract searches for?

What are pre-contract searches for?

When you are purchasing a property, as part of the initial stage of the transaction your solicitor will ask what searches you would like them to raise on your behalf. These searches help your solicitor obtain as much information as possible about the property and to...