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When a family business is handed down and ownership is split between two or more members of the next generation, the result can all too often be discord. Normally, this can be resolved by one party buying out the other, but when this does not occur, the...
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The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 makes the unauthorised subletting of a council property a criminal offence. The prosecution can be brought by the council concerned. Where subletting or parting with possession of the whole of the property...
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When an estate is being administered, the administrator must meet any specific bequests in the will before distributing the remainder (the ‘residue’ in legal parlance) of the estate. However, it is by no means uncommon for the specific bequests...
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The law offers a way of protecting land that is used as a local amenity in order to ensure that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Where land has been used by local people ‘as of right’ for recreational purposes for at least 20 years, it...
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If you are concerned about the future mental capacity of a relative or any other person with whom you have a joint bank account, it makes sense to consider setting up the appropriate power(s) of attorney. The British Bankers’ Association’s...
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A couple who bought a newly-built home for more than £770,000 – only to discover that the construction guarantee that came with it was not worth the paper it was written on – have been awarded more than £50,000 in damages by the High...
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When an elderly couple fell out, the circumstances surrounding their land transfers meant that a court hearing was necessary to unscramble the position . The two had formed a partnership in August 2001. Two years later, the woman partner created a...
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When land has been used by someone who has no legal entitlement to use it for 20 years without interruption, an ‘easement’ can arise under the Prescription Act 1832 . In principle, an easement gives the legal right to continue the use...
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The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows those who have been financially dependent on a person who dies to seek financial provision to be made for them from the deceased’s estate if that person has not made appropriate...
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Homeowners have a responsibility to ensure that they do not damage their neighbours’ properties and this includes a legal duty to keep their garden trees and shrubs under control. When a North London woman ignored her responsibilities in this regard, ...

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