Cost of living reduction in Wellers remortgage legal fees

The single biggest monthly cost for many households is the mortgage repayment. At a time as the cost of living is increasing at an alarming rate, rising interest rates are also pushing up mortgage rates, creating a perfect storm for already squeezed finances. Borrowers will naturally be shopping around to see if they can cut […]

Contact with children in a Covid-19 World

For many of us our daily routines such as commuting to and from work, dropping off and collecting the children from school, visiting friends and family all came to an abrupt halt from the 23rd March 2020.  This was the date when the first lockdown commenced.  For many separated families, suddenly issues arose with regards […]

What is Taxable?

With the Government seeing fit to make HM Revenue and Customs a payer of benefits (pension credit etc.) as well as a collector of taxes, it is no wonder that people are becoming confused as to which sources of income are taxable and which are not. It is particularly confusing for pensioners, who receive pensions, […]

Consumer Rights Law – Guidance

Since 1 October 2015, under changes introduced by the Consumer Rights Act  2015, it has been compulsory for most businesses to offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to their customers if a complaint arises between them which cannot be settled by negotiation.  ADR is a process designed to resolve complaints without the need to resort to […]

Tenants’ Right to Buy

The right of secure tenants to buy their homes was established under the Housing Act 1980. The original rules have subsequently been amended, however, mainly owing to a growing number of abuses of the system. These mainly involved property speculators who made agreements with secure tenants to the effect that they would acquire their properties […]

Warning for Holders of US Assets

If you hold assets in the USA, you should be aware of an issue that has started to arise in estates in which there are US shareholdings, especially where these are managed by brokers in the US. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that any estate with US assets files an Estate Tax return, […]

Planning Law Basics

Whether you are planning to refurbish and sell a house or to construct a whole new apartment block, almost all your plans will be governed by planning laws and any local restrictions. Planning restrictions are more stringent in conservation areas, for instance, and for listed buildings. Before committing to any significant level of investment, it […]