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Don't get tripped up by totting up points

Tony Irving
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The proliferation of speed cameras and the resultant vast increase in the number of people with points on their driving licences has led to an extraordinary number of people who now have nine or more points on their licence. Many drivers potentially face...

Private client dispute resolution

Tony Irving
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At Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, we offer legal advice and assistance in a wide range of areas where you may find yourself in a dispute with someone else or an organisation.  Common areas where disputes arise are family law, divorce, personal...

Our approach to family law

Glynis Wainman
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At Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford we take a unique approach when helping you through the end of your marriage. Impartial advice and discussion If a marriage falls into difficulties the first thing that is needed is impartial discussion. ...

Employment law for the employer

Tony Irving
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Employment law provides many pitfalls for the unwary employer.  It has become increasingly complex in recent years, particularly with the impact of EU directives.  For example, the dismissal of an employee on the grounds of pregnancy is...

Employment law for the employee

Tony Irving
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Frequent changes to employment law mean that clear practical advice is essential to protect your interests if you have lost your job recently, been harassed at work, or have been treated unfairly. You will need to know what your rights are if you are...

Separating after living together

Glynis Wainman
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If you are not married or in a civil partnership and have been living together for some time you may find if you decide to separate that your own rights are very different. ‘A common law wife or husband or partner is a myth,’ says Glynis...

Property boundaries and rights of access: what are they and why do they matter?

Tony Irving
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Boundaries determine the extent of any land or buildings you own.  They are, in simple terms, the line which separates your property from that of your neighbours. They may take the form of a wall, a fence, a hedge, a piece of barbed wire or even some...

How creating a trust in your will could help to ensure your loved ones received the inheritance they deserve

Ben Jones
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Deciding who will benefit from your money and property when you die requires careful thought, particularly where you have a big family with differing levels of need and some are too young or financially inexperienced to deal with a sudden influx of cash. ...

Ground rent, some important questions answered

Jehangir Asghar
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Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some homeowners becoming...

Civil partnerships move up the agenda for heterosexual couples

Glynis Wainman
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Decades ago, nearly everyone married in a church or had a civil ceremony at a registry office. Traditions change, and couples have tied the knot on mountain tops and under water. Two couples have even been reported to book tickets with Virgin Galactic to get...

Claiming your rightful inheritance

Tony Irving
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If a loved one, or someone you were financially dependent on, has died and either left you out of their will entirely or failed to make adequate financial provision for you, then it may be possible for you to get the terms of the will varied so that...

How to evict a commercial tenant

Tony Irving
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As a landlord of commercial premises there are many reasons why you may want to take back possession of your premises, the most common being where your tenant is in breach of their lease terms; such as not paying rent, not keeping the premises in good...

Stamp Duty Land Tax: why it costs more to buy a second home

Jehangir Asghar
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The introduction of a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for people who own more than one residential property has proved controversial as it has had some unexpected consequences.  Although aimed primarily at investors and second home owners it...

10 good reasons to make a will

Ben Jones
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To help those who may be having doubts about writing a will, or are delaying the process, the wills and probate specialists at Hancock Quins in Watford have made a list of ten reasons why you should get on and make your will sooner rather than later. Your...

Why you should use a solicitor to prepare your will

Ben Jones
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Making a will is one of the best things you can do to ensure your family are taken care of when you die and that your money, property and other belongings are passed on to the people or good causes you have chosen. To make a valid will there are certain...

Duties and responsibilities of executors and personal representatives

Ben Jones
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At Hancock Quins, we have prepared an overview of the duties and responsibilities of executors and personal representatives to assist clients who are deciding whom to appoint as executors in their wills and for clients who are undertaking the administration...

Am I entitled to a divorce? It depends whether you can prove the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage

Glynis Wainman
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If you have decided to end your marriage by applying for a divorce you may be surprised to learn that there are certain criteria you need to satisfy before your application will be accepted.  You may also be surprised to know that, unless you have been...

Restrictive covenants: a must for departing senior employees

Tony Irving
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Restrictive covenants are a valuable device for employers keen to protect their commercial interests when a key member of staff leaves.  They enable restrictions to be placed on what employees can do in the weeks and months following their departure,...

Considerations when buying a heritage property

Jehangir Asghar
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When many of us think about heritage properties, we think of buildings associated with our architectural past: a castle, stately home or elegant Georgian townhouse perhaps. But new developments, such as barn and warehouse conversions, may also be heritage...

Moving with the times

Jehangir Asghar
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There is little more dispiriting than when a house purchase or sale falls through, especially if money has already been spent on surveys and searches and you had thought that you were on the home stretch. Such was the case with Mr & Mrs P, who were...

Why would anyone want a postnuptial agreement?

Glynis Wainman
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The discovery of an affair, concern about an expected inheritance being squandered or pressure from family or associates to protect your business interests are all possible reasons you might consider making a postnuptial agreement. Like a prenuptial...

Unite against dementia for Dementia Action Week

Ben Jones
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This year, Dementia Awareness Week has changed to Dementia Action Week and takes place from 21 to 27 May. We are joining The Alzheimer’s Society in encouraging everyone to unite and make a change by taking action against dementia (no matter how...

Putting your legal affairs in order

Ben Jones
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In later life, spending quality time with family and friends is a much more appealing prospect than putting your legal affairs in order, but planning for the end of your life will be of huge benefit to loved ones.  In May 2018, Dying Matters Awareness...

Paying a deceased relative's debts

Ben Jones
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When a person dies someone needs to sort out their affairs.  Very often, responsibility for doing this falls on the person’s relatives, either because they have been named as an executor in the will or because they have been given permission...

Government passes anonymous voting registration for domestic abuse survivors

Glynis Wainman
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Around 12,000 victims currently living in refuges will now be able to register to vote anonymously since the government passed legislation designed to protect victims of domestic abuse. Previously, domestic abuse survivors could only register to vote...

How to own your home - joint tenants or tenants in common?

Jehangir Asghar
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When property is purchased by two (or more) persons in joint names there are two ways in which the property can be held:- Joint tenants By this method the purchasers own the property jointly as a whole so that if one party predeceases the other, then...

Glossary of conveyancing terms

Jehangir Asghar
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A glossary of conveyancing terms: Absolute title This is one of the four classes of title that the Land Registry can give to freehold or leasehold land or property.  This class proves without doubt who owns the land and is the most preferred class...

Wish your grandchildren could live with you?

Glynis Wainman
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It may come as a surprise to learn that grandparents have no automatic right to see their grandchildren.  They do, however, have the right to ask the court’s permission to spend time with them and to even have them live with them in appropriate circumstances. Glynis Wainman provides an overview of the process in the second of a two-part series of articles.   

How to extend a lease on a flat or buy a share of the freehold

Jehangir Asghar
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If you live in a flat, the chances are you will have a lease.  Extending the length of this or converting it to part-ownership of the freehold could greatly improve the future value of your property, as Jay Asghar explains.

How to apply for a grant of probate

Ben Jones
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When someone dies, you usually need to obtain a grant of probate to deal with their affairs. Ben Jones explains the process and your options when you cannot agree who should apply.

Conveyancing quotes: what you need to know

Jehangir Asghar
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Getting a quote to deal with the legal side of buying a home or buy-to-let property can be a confusing process. Jay Asghar, residential property lawyer with Hancock Quins in Watford explains what to look out for to ensure you get the best deal.

Can my landlord evict me?

Jehangir Asghar
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Over a third of us live in rented homes and one fifth of those who rent do so from a private landlord.  But what happens if your landlord wants their property back? Jay Asghar explains what to do when your landlord gives you notice to leave.

Securing the right to see your grandchildren

Glynis Wainman
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It may come as a surprise to learn that grandparents have no automatic right to see their grandchildren.  They do, however, have the right to ask the court’s permission to spend time with them and even to have them live with them in appropriate circumstances. Glynis Wainman provides an overview of the process in the first of a two-part series of articles.   

Does your will take advantage of the new inheritance tax allowance?

Ben Jones
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Nobody wants to see their hard-earned cash go to the tax man when they die, but until recently if your estate was worth more than £325,000 you faced the prospect of having to pay inheritance tax at a rate of 40 per cent.  There were, and continue to be, ways to reduce your potential liability but none are straightforward.  The good news is that, as of 6 April 2017, new rules were introduced which should allow most people to reduce their inheritance tax liability with a bit of forward planning.

Pros and cons of remortgaging your home

Jehangir Asghar
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With the recent rise in interest rates, for the first time in 10 years, you may be thinking about shopping around for a better mortgage deal.  Jay Asghar, residential property solicitor with Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford answers some of your questions about remortgaging your home.

Government refund available for powers of attorney registered between 2013 and 2017

Ben Jones
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If you registered a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you could be entitled to a partial fee refund. Ben Jones, wills, probate and trusts specialists with Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, explains what to do if you believe you are eligible 

Facing a driving ban? 12 points on your licence?

Tony Irving
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Facing a driving ban? 12 points on your driving licence? Advice on speeding offences from motoring offence specialist solicitors at Hancock Quins in Watford.

How to propose a prenuptial agreement

Glynis Wainman
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How to propose a prenuptial agreement? Essential advice for couples thinking of getting married from Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, Hertfordshire. 

Using settlement agreements to resolve employment issues

Tony Irving
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Settlement agreements are often used to short-cut dismissal procedures, but they need to be handled with care and take account of the new rules on national insurance contributions from April 2018, as Tony Irving, dispute resolution lawyer at Hancock Quins in Watford, Hertfordshire, explains

How the risk of flooding could affect your house purchase

Jehangir Asghar
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If you are buying a house, it is a good idea to consider the risk of flooding at an early stage. Jay Asghar, residential property expert at Hancock Quins, looks at the implications of flood risk on property and how a conveyancer can help.

Does your will need a New Year health check?

Ben Jones
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The start of a new year is an excellent time to take stock and get your life in order. If you have not already made a will, then now is the time to do so. Even if you have made your will, you should not assume that you have done all you can to put your affairs in order. Ben Jones, wills and probate solicitor at Hancock Quins, explains why if you do not regularly review your will it can easily fall out of date.

New year, is divorce on the horizon?

Glynis Wainman
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For most family practitioners, January is one of the busiest times of the year with couples whose marriages are breaking down putting matters off until the New Year. Glynis Wainman, family law solicitor at Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, Hertfordshire, looks at the most important things that a couple should consider if they are contemplating divorce or formal separation

The Bank of Mum and Dad: top tips when lending money to your children

Jehangir Asghar
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If your children or grandchildren are struggling to get onto the property ladder you may have considered offering them money to help.  If you have, you are not alone.  According to a recent report by Legal and General, family and friends in the UK...

Affected by Alzheimer's: three-step plan to get your legal affairs in order

Ben Jones
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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and affects millions of people around the world.  Receiving a diagnosis can be devastating and immediate thoughts will inevitably turn to treatment and healthcare support.  However, it is also...

New rules on debt recovery may delay payment of consumer debts

Tony Irving
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New rules on the procedure businesses must follow when trying to collect debts from individual customers could mean that you have to wait 90 days or more before you can issue court proceedings.  

Agree Christmas arrangements for children now

Glynis Wainman
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Christmas is a magical time of the year for children.  There is the anticipation of the presents they may receive, the relief of having a few weeks off school and the excitement of seeing friends and family.  The hopes of what Christmas may bring...

Efficient conveyancing service when helping clients to move home in Watford

Jehangir Asghar
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At Hancock Quins, our efficient conveyancing solicitors and lawyers love helping people to move home in Watford, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  Here are some of the nice things our happy clients have to say about our fast conveyancing service,...

Good news for first time buyers in Watford: changes to stamp duty land tax.

Jehangir Asghar
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One of the biggest announcements from chancellor Phillip Hammond’s autumn budget was the immediate scrapping of stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers purchasing homes worth up to £300,000. This has come as welcome news to the UK property...