We are able to handle all aspects of your conveyancing matters, whether it is the sale or purchase of a residential property, a business or commercial premises, or a re-mortgage.
Contact us for an estimate of fees.
Budgeting for a move is an important part of the selling and buying process. We are able to provide a written estimate in respect of our fees and information on any expenses that you will have to make in connection with your purchase, such as search fees and stamp duty.
Contact telephone number: 01239 614 070 and ask for Rachel Tarbutt or one of her Paralegals, Christina or Samantha.
Wills, Probate and the Administration of your Estate
Whatever your age and whether you are married or unmarried you should ensure that your loved ones are looked after following your death by making a Will.
We can provide advice on:
- The right people to be Executors and Trustees of your estate
- The appointment of a Guardian for any of your children under the age of 18
- Issues arising from second marriages and children from previous relationships
- The effect of dying intestate (without a Will)
- Making sure that you provide for your common-law partner
Whether inheritance tax is likely to be an issue on your death and making the most of your annual tax-free allowances.
The Administration of Estates
At this difficult time we are able to provide sympathetic and professional advice on the steps that need to be taken to obtain a Grant from the Probate Registry and on the completion of Inheritance Tax forms for submission to the Capital Taxes Office.
We will provide clear information on the costs involved in dealing with the estate and the steps that will need to be taken, including anything that needs to be done by you.
Contact telephone number: 01239 614 070 and ask for Louise W
Powers of Attorney
Should you become incapable of handling your own affairs, it is vital that there is already a document in place appointing a trusted family member or friend to make important decisions or decisions relating to your personal welfare and medical care.
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
We are able to assist you in drawing up the necessary documentation for a Lasting Power of Attorney Financial Affairs and a Lasting Power of Attorney Personal Welfare.
These documents replaced the old Enduring Power of Attorney in 2007.
Your LPA will need to be registered at the Office of the Public Guadian.
Contact telephone number: 01239 614 070 and ask for Louise Welch
- Police station advice by attendance at the police station during your police interview
- Advice in relation to DWP investigations or investigations by other bodies
- Representation at the Magistrates Court
- Advice and representation in relation to Road Traffic matters
- Representation at the Crown Court
- Advice on appeal
We are accredited by the Legal Aid Agency in relation to criminal work. Your application for legal aid for representation at Court is means-tested and we will need to have evidence of your income, whether by earnings or receipt of benefits.
Police Station Advice
It is your right and entitlement to have advice at the Police Station if you are suspected of committing a crime. This advice is provided free of charge, day or night.
Emergency telephone number for 24 hour advice: 07530 967979
Or in office hours: 01239 614 070
The breakdown of a relationship is a difficult time both emotionally and financially. We are able to offer specialist advice in a constructive and non-confrontational way, thereby reducing the stress and expense involved.
We will help you to keep the children’s interests firmly to the fore-front of negotiations.
We are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) and follow their code of practice.
Specialism and Accreditation
We have a Legal Aid Agency quality mark and our team includes a Resolution accredited family law specialist.
We are able to offer advice and representation in the following areas:-
- Separation and Divorce
- Financial Settlements and Orders
- Cohabitation Agreements and Pre-nuptial Agreements
- Children and Disputes
- Child Protection Registration and Care Proceedings
Our team includes a Resolution accredited family law specialist and a member of the Law Society Children Panel.
Separation and Divorce
We can help you to decide whether to move to issuing divorce proceedings immediately or whether a period of separation would be better for you.
Our team has a sympathetic ear and are is to guide you through the steps to be taken to dissolve your marriage or to obtain a decree of Judicial Separation.
We have a team with many years experience in family law and an accredited Resolution Specialist (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association).
Costs and Expenses
We can provide an initial interview to provide outline advice if requested, at a fixed fee.
We will provide a free diagnostic interview to establish eligibility for publicly funded services.
We have a Legal Aid Agency quality mark and are contracted to provide publicly funded services in family law.
What do you need to do before your first appointment?
- Bring your marriage certificate with you.
- Bring evidence of your income supported by payslips or bank statements.
- Make a note of any assets, accounts, savings held by you or your partner and bring this to your appointment.
Property and Finance on Family Breakdown
We are able to provide expert advice on the breakdown of you relationship and encourage early settlement which may be recorded in a Court Order made by consent or a separation agreement.
Financial Applications within Divorce
We can represent you as an Applicant or a Respondent to an application for a financial order and are able to provide advice and representation relating to property orders, lump sum orders, pension sharing or off-setting, spousal maintenance and child support.
Property Settlement Following the Breakdown of Unmarried Relationships
The law relating to property where a couple have cohabited is complex, involving complicated trusts issues, and differs from the law relating to married couples.
It is essential that you obtain specialist advice on ownership of property. We are able to provide this and to represent you in a Court application under the Trusts of Land Act if this becomes necessary.
Pre-nuptial Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
We are able to draft agreements at the commencing of your relationship to regulate division of assets in the event of relationship breakdown.
We are able to discuss with you the options available for arrangements which will suit your family. We encourage you to work together with your partner to achieve the best outcome for your children.
We can provide information about local mediation services to assist you in discussing arrangements.
Where it is not possible to reach an agreement we have considerable experience in providing advice and handling Court applications for a variety of Orders including:
- Child Arrangements Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
- Specific Issues Orders
- Parental Responsibility (Agreements and Orders)
- Applications for Special Guardianship Orders
- Care Proceedings
- Applications by Grandparents
Social Services are responsible for making sure that children are safe and well cared for. If Social Services believe that your child is suffering serious harm, or is likely to suffer serious harm in the future, the Local Authority will apply to the Court for a Care Order. In an emergency the Local Authority may apply to Court for an emergency protection order or may ask the police to take your child into police protection for up to 72 hours.
It is very important that you instruct a Solicitor as soon as you receive notice that Social Services are applying for a Care Order. At the first hearing the Court will decide whether to make an interim care order which will determine where the child lives until the final hearing.
We have extensive experience in representing parents in Care proceedings and public law proceedings and in some situations can arrange home appointments.
We have a member of the Law Society Children Panel in our team and are accredited specialists in children law.
As a parent or other person with parental responsibility, you are eligible for non-means, non-merit tested legal aid, irrespective of how much income or capital you have.
Public Law Outline (PLO) Meetings and Child Protection Case Conferences
Before the Local Authority start care proceedings, they may set up a PLO meeting to discuss their concerns, and to see whether Court proceedings can be avoided. You and your Solicitor will be invited to this meeting.
As a parent, you will be entitled to free legal advice for attendance at the PLO meeting.
We are able to advise in relation to Child Protection Case Conferences. Public funding for this depends on your capital and income.
Protection by the Police
Often there are steps that the Police should take to provide protection and we can liaise with the Police and the PPU (Public Protection Unit) to check whether a formal harassment warning has been issued or bail conditions are in place.
Court Orders and Injunctions
Where necessary we can work swiftly to apply for an Order through the Court to provide emergency protection for you and your family via Non-molestation and Occupation Orders.
We have worked closely with Women’s Aid since 1985 in order to obtain the best possible outcome and support for our clients.
Legal aid is available for advice and assistance about domestic violence and for injunction proceedings.
Issues about contract between your children and your ex-partner are likely to arise and we can provide expert advice in relation to this.
Legal Aid is still available for :
- Advice about domestic violence and injunction proceedings
- Care proceedings and public law proceedings
- Private law children proceedings where there is evidence that the child is at risk of abuse
- Other family proceedings, eg. divorce or financial applications, where there is evidence of domestic violence
- Family mediation and legal advice during mediation
- Cases where the Legal Aid Agency determine that it is an exceptional case
Free diagnostic interview
We offer a free first interview to advise on the availability of legal aid and how to obtain the necessary evidence of domestic violence or child abuse where this will be necessary.
If you are outside the scope of legal aid, we can provide information about our fees and the availability of fixed fees for specified pieces of work.