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The Hidden Cost of DIY Lasting Powers of Attorney

Helen Newson
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As well as being Head of Private Client services at Andrew & Co I am also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) which launched a campaign recently highlighting the risks of using off-the-shelf and online Lasting Powers of...

Whiplash Review Leads to More False Promises

Michael Pace
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Here we go again! Another false promise by the insurance industry to reduce motor premiums if the government either bans whiplash claims or raises the small claims limit, thereby stopping them having to contribute to the injured person's legal fees. ...

Property Prices Help Fuel Family Inheritance Court Battles

Helen Newson
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Rising property prices and second marriages are helping to fuel an increase in the number of disputes over inheritance reaching the courts.   Recent cases hitting the headlines have included the family fall-out following the death of the billionaire...

Is it worth making a will?

Alison Short
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In a landmark case in the Court of Appeal, estranged daughter Heather IIott successfully challenged her mother’s will raising the question, is it worth making a will? Melita Jackson left her estate, worth nearly £500,000, to three charities: The...

Changes to Inheritance Tax Rules

Helen Newson
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In Wednesday’s Budget, the Chancellor announced measures to increase the amount that people can leave which will be free of inheritance tax (IHT) on their death, as the Government had pledged in its election campaign. On the face of it, the...

Tackling the Thorny Issue of Pensions on Divorce

Sue Leadbeater
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Pensions have been in the news a lot again recently following the major reforms George Osborne announced in last year’s Budget. Fundamentally the Chancellor changed how people can access their pension savings. Under the old system only those with a...

Supreme Court Ruling is a Lesson for Divorcing Couples

Julie Bailey
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Along with the rest of the legal profession I have been closely following the divorce case involving Ecotricity millionaire Dale Vince and the mother of his son, Kathleen Wyatt. What is particularly interesting about this case, which has gone through...

Advice for Family Businesses

Sue Leadbeater
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Family businesses are often described as the lifeblood of the economy and indeed there are around three million family businesses in the UK with a combined turnover of £1.1 trillion (in 2010). While many are hugely successful, running a business with...

Health & Welfare

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The issues of planning for later life and end of life care are headline news at present. Cases have been well publicised which involve decisions of the Court of Protection, which is called upon to make decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated people,...

A Common Myth about Cohabiting Couples

Julie Bailey
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As a family law specialist at one of Lincoln’s largest law firms I meet a lot of couples who are living together but not married and describe themselves as common law husband and wife. Worryingly they believe that because they have been cohabiting for...

Presumption of Parental Involvement Set to Come into Force

Julie Bailey
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As the result of a new law coming into force tomorrow family courts will be required to presume that both parents should continue to play a role in their child’s life after they have separated, as long as that does not pose any risk to the...

Compensation Worth Nearly Half a Million Pounds Secured for Clients

Michael Pace
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Over the past couple of weeks Andrew & Co has secured almost half a million pounds (£431,000) worth of compensation on behalf of five clients who had been injured in accidents which weren’t their fault. The settlements had varying degrees of...

Faulty Goods or Fair Wear and Tear?

Annette Wood
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As a consumer you are entitled to expect the new goods you purchase to be of a satisfactory quality, taking into account any description, the price of the goods and any other relevant factors. If the goods are faulty you can complain. What you cannot...

Rise in Unmarried Families Emphasises Need for Law Reform

Julie Bailey
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The Office for National Statistics published some new figures in June revealing that the number of unmarried couples living together in the UK has risen from 14% in 2001 to 17% in 2011. In comparison the number of households with married couples fell from...

Divorce Bill is a Step in the Right Direction

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The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, a private members’ bill introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Deech in February 2014, will receive its second reading today. The bill focuses on financial settlement legislation as the law surrounding...

Pre and post nups look set to be binding in future

Julie Bailey
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Pre and post nuptial agreements are likely to be given binding status, in a move that’s intended to give couples a more predictable outcome on divorce. The Law Commission’s report, Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements, proposes that the...

Wills & Estate planning changes coming into effect soon

Alison Short
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The law about wills and administering the estates of those who have died is not the sort of thing that wins elections so seldom gets updated but there are some interesting changes which have yet to come into effect. At present there is no system in...

Online Powers of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document whereby you can appoint the person or people of your choice to make financial, or health and welfare decisions for you, should you become incapable of managing your own affairs. The government office that...

Grazing : Don't Take The Informal Approach

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If you are wanting to let out your land for grazing, it is important that the arrangement is correctly documented so that there are no disputes when it comes to requiring the grazier to vacate the land. As you will read, there can be plenty of traps for the...

Right of Way - Protect Your Land

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If members of the public, such as a rambling organisation, can show that they have crossed over your land, along the same route, for upwards of 20 years without interruption, permission, secrecy or force, then such route can be presumed to be a dedicated...

New Property Chamber

Annette Wood
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From the 1 July 2013 the Adjudicator to the HM Land Registry will be abolished, along with the Agricultural Land Tribunals and Rent Assessment Panels and will form part of a new 7th first-tier tribunal chamber – the Property Chamber. The work of the...

Can you avoid disappointment and upset in family disputes?

Sue Leadbeater
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James Carroll of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee said in response to a report that family law accounted for the highest number of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman; “Divorce is an inherently difficult area of law, where people are often...

Act Now To Protect Your Compensation

Michael Pace
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From 1st April 2013, the Government are changing the law on how a claim is made and who has to pay your solicitors bill, in favour of the Insurance Industry. If you have suffered an accident and been injured or, have been diagnosed with an illness caused by...

New Green Deal Scheme for Home Owners Launched

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The Governments new energy efficiency programme ‘Green Deal’ is officially launched today, but despite all the arguments about whether it will help with fuel poverty or not, a YouGov poll shows that 4 out of 5 people have not heard of Green Deal,...

Domestic Abuse

Sue Leadbeater
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Your Legal Rights Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless...

Children Seen but Not Heard?

Julie Bailey
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With the government poised to change the way the family court deals with cases of disputed contact by introducing a presumption of shared parenting a recent joint research project between the Universities of Sussex and Oxford may throw a spanner in the...

Welcome to our NEW website

Julie Bailey
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When we decided that our website needed a revamp we, like many others before us, thought that it was a case of selecting our preferred website designer and letting them work their magic. We soon came to realise that whilst colour, style and functionality are...

Clare's Law

Sue Leadbeater
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Disclosure of Criminal Records – could it prevent domestic abuse? In 2009 Clare Wood was murdered by her partner whom she had met through a social networking website.  She did not know him before hand and was completely unaware of documented...

Living Together

Sue Leadbeater
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WHERE DO I STAND? When starting out in a relationship not everyone makes the decision that they want to get married. Often couples will live together, sometimes for many years, before they do decide to marry. Unfortunately, many unmarried couples living...

A mark of excellence in conveyancing

Joanne Sworder
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Law firm Andrew & Co based in Lincoln and Newark are delighted to confirm that they have been accredited (August 2012) by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – a mark of excellence for conveyancing firms. Not all conveyancers...