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Whilst this blog has missed May’s Dementia Awareness Week, we at Pindoria Solicitors make no apologies for raising the topic again, which we feel needs highlighting more than just one week a year.

We are pleased that such campaigns are helping highlight issues surrounding the disease, which seldom make it onto the general public’s radar. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

The tale of how a row over a £4,000 bill to fix a blocked drain left a couple with legal costs of more than £300,000 demonstrates just how difficult neighbourly disputes can be.

Property disputes happen all the time, here in London there are many every day, but all should be done to keep a dialogue open, because as this case shows sometimes the ramifications can be truly astonishing. Read More

Posted in Dispute Resolution

There are countless articles about how vitally important a Will is and why using a trusted local solicitors firm is important, but what is perhaps not discussed as often is the importance of lost Wills.

Whether you live in London or the Highlands missing Wills is an issue that affects lots of families every year, and can cause a great deal of upset for everyone involved. Read More

Posted in Wills

It is with more than a little interest that we have read recently that lenders are in talks to introduce an innovative divorce mortgage to deal with people being forced to sell their homes after they split in later life.

It may come as a surprise to some that government statists show that the over-50s now account for the largest increase in the divorce rate with 28% of divorcing couples having to sell their home, according to the lender, Nationwide. Read More

Posted in Family Law

For many years good local solicitors involved in family law, as well as wills and probate have warned co-habiting couples about the need to make sure they are legally protected.

Whilst this message gets through to some, there is still a lot of work that needs doing and it is therefore opportune that we highlight the recent case of Joy Williams. She had lived with her former partner, Norman Martin for 18 years unmarried and now after a tumultuous four year battle with his family has just won the right to inherit a share of his estate. Read More

Posted in Family Law

Whilst the digital age has opened up many opportunities for all of us, it is alarming how often some decide to take legal matters into their own hands.

An example of this is DIY divorce.

Experts in family legal matters, like Pindoria Solicitors advise against DIY divorces as the long-term result can be costly in so many ways. Read More

Posted in Family Law

As tax and estate planning experts, we at Pindoria Solicitors have become aware of an announcement that The Ministry of Justice is proposing, which will see a huge increase in probate fees affecting the highest-value estates in the country.

Of course, many of these are here in London and the South East and the proposal, which has already been aired in the House of Commons, has been seen as part of the solution to raise extra money to fund the courts and tribunal service. Read More

Posted in Probate

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

Posted in Wills

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

Posted in Property

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

Posted in Property
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