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House of Fraser Settlement Agreements

The announcement today that House of Fraser will close 31 stores has sent shockwaves through not only the retail industry, but through the thousands of employees affected by potential job losses, not to mention their dependent families.  Here in Skipton the House of Fraser store [...]

2018-06-07T11:04:55+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

Heads of terms – legally binding or not?

The question of whether heads of terms (also called letters of intent) are legally binding is one that often comes up. However, there is no set response, as it will depend on the details of the heads of terms, as well as what the intentions [...]

2018-06-03T08:07:11+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

Dealing with late business payments

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, one in three payments due to SMEs is paid late. Roughly £26bn in total is owed to UK small businesses and 50,000 are forced out of business each year as a result. So, late payments are not just [...]

2018-05-15T10:47:56+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Mewies Solicitors support National Pet Month

At Mewies Solicitors we love our pets and our Family Law team have been organising some fun, animal themed activities for staff in support of National Pet Month. We are running a 'guess the number of animal sweets in the jar' competition, a 'match [...]

2018-05-04T14:14:21+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

What is a Deputyship order?

A Deputyship order is the instrument that appoints a person to be a Deputy for someone else.  You cannot legally become a Deputy for someone else without a Deputyship order. Why apply for a Deputyship order? Applying for a Deputyship order will give you the [...]

2018-04-02T13:16:21+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

How can setting up a trust reduce inheritance tax?

Inheritance tax can come as quite a shock. The current rate is 40% for anything above £325,000. And while this might sound like a lot of cash, with average house prices around £230,000 in the UK – going up to £500,000 in London – that [...]

2018-04-02T13:14:02+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

Living Wills and Powers of Attorney

As a nation we are increasingly aware of the problems of an ageing population. This is particularly so with respect to what happens to us if we’re not able to make decisions for ourselves. Living Wills and Powers of Attorney are two solutions to this [...]

2018-02-07T09:14:26+00:00 March 28th, 2018|