The alarming tale of two of society’s weakest and most vulnerable people becoming embroiled in a battle with a Will writing firm demonstrates why solicitors are far and away the safest option for one of life’s most important documents.
The story has made the media sit up and take note and involves a housebound Bristol couple, Muriel and Jim Sutton, aged 87 and 90 years old. Mrs Sutton alerted the police after she was charged £6,000 by will writers, and claims the company’s representative also offered to run errands for the couple, such as doing their shopping. Read More
The Dispute Resolution Department at Pindoria Solicitors regularly receives instructions from landlords for possession of residential property.
I recently handled an interesting matter, where instructions were received after proceedings had already been issued. Proceedings were issued on the basis that the occupier had no right to occupy the property; therefore the occupier was a trespasser, or what some would term as squatter (‘the Occupier’). As from 1st September 2012, squatting in residential property became a criminal offence; landlords now have a choice of going through the Court possession process or approaching the police. Read More
As solicitors, we often have the task of trying to simplify what may not always seem straightforward and one of those matters is issues surrounding inheritance tax.
For instance, there is some confusion since the introduction of the Main Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) in the Summer Finance Bill of 2015, that couples will, by 2020 be allowed to leave an estate on death worth up to £1million before Inheritance Tax becomes payable. Read More
Britain and India have for a long time shared very close ties, hence the reason that there is such a huge Indian community in the UK, especially here in London and the South East.
As many of you may be aware, changes proposed by Chancellor George Osborne which take effect at the start of April governing the buy to let market, will affect everywhere in the UK, but particularly London where prices are considerably higher than the rest of the country. As things currently stand you must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) if you buy a property or land over a certain price, and what you pay depends on whether the property is residential or non-residential.
Our current thresholds are £125,000 for residential properties, and £150,000 for non-residential land and properties, with stamp duty on an increasing scale dependent on the property price above the threshold. Currently, on buy to let properties the SDLT rate is 2% of the purchase price from £125,001, 5% from £250,001, 10% from £925,001, and lastly 12% on anything above £1.5 million. Read More
As law experts dealing in many various arenas of our legal system, it is always sad when we become involved in situations that could so easily have been avoided.
One such area involves Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs), which is a very inexpensive way of providing protection for individuals and their families. It averts huge amounts of money and stress, yet it is alarming how few people know about them. Read More
As experienced family lawyers we at Pindoria Solicitors have noted one of the more interesting legal developments in recent weeks, of a heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, lost the legal challenge claiming the family law discriminated against them after they were told in 2014 that they could not enter into a civil partnership because they were not of the same sex, which the law requires. Read More
The Supreme Court highlights the importance of full and frank disclosure in divorce proceedings in the cases of Sharland and Gohil.
In both cases, the wives’ unknowingly accepted far from equal divorce settlements as a result of their husbands fraudulent disclosures of their financial positions. Read More
As we enter another year of potentially low interest rates, something which we have become somewhat used to, it may be time to think again about your options.
We’ve had several years now of low rates following the fallout from the credit crunch, and whilst this is great news for many; we do find that there are those who are not taking full advantage of the situation. Recent times have seen lenders offering some great deals and many people throughout London and the south east could save vast amounts of money by just switching lenders. Read More
The Stamp Duty rate payable on purchases of buy to let and second homes will be increasing considerably from 1st April 2016; but are you aware why the Government is making such a drastic change in the level of stamp duty payable?
From 1st April 2016 more transactions will attract stamp duty than before as the threshold is being lowered to £40,000 (from the current £125,000). That means that not only will there be an extra 3% duty payable on buy to let purchases or second homes, but there will also be a lower threshold to meet before stamp duty becomes payable. Considering that a vast majority of properties in the current market will be over £40,000, this will impact many of us. Read More