24 08, 2017

Protecting Yourself With A Cohabitation Agreement

2017-08-07T11:14:09+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of cohabiting couple families in the UK doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million last year. While married or civil partnership families remain the most popular type of family arrangement, these [...]

17 08, 2017

Conveyancing For Property Buyers

2017-08-07T11:07:54+00:00 August 17th, 2017|

The conveyancing process can seem like a complex and confusing mystery to those who are new to it. Add to that the fact that, for most of us, a property purchase will be the most we will ever spend on one item and you have [...]

9 08, 2017

Forthcoming Changes to the divorce petition

2017-08-02T12:00:31+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

Changes to the divorce petition were announced on 17th July. The new petition becomes compulsory on the 4th September but can be used from the 7th August. The new petition is substantially different in layout and format to the previous form, and is an attempt [...]

4 08, 2017

Reflections on working in Skipton

2017-08-02T11:58:52+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Driving into work this morning I heard a news article on the radio about women wearing high heeled shoes for work, and discussions about whether employers can make them part of an enforced dress code. Researchers in Aberdeen have been looking at the issue, following [...]

2 08, 2017

Good news for employees : bad news for employers

2017-08-02T11:54:55+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|

By now most people are already aware of the Supreme Court decision in relation to a case brought by the union UNISON regarding the impact of Employment Tribunal fees on access to justice.The Supreme Court has ruled that fees of up to £1,200 are inconsistent [...]

27 07, 2017

Wills and Tenants in Common

2017-06-30T15:01:28+00:00 July 27th, 2017|

When you’re drafting a Will it’s important to make sure that your assets will pass to the people you want to have them after you’re gone. If you own a property and this is part of the Estate that you want to leave behind, then [...]

20 07, 2017

What is the Residence Nil Rate Band and how can you use it?

2017-06-30T11:49:58+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

After considerable public pressure and discussion, last year’s budget introduced a Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB), which is designed to reduce inheritance tax for a large number of families. The RNRB works in addition to the personal nil rate band and is intended to make [...]

13 07, 2017

Roles and responsibilities when dealing with an Estate

2017-06-30T11:44:20+00:00 July 13th, 2017|

Personal Representatives are an essential part of the probate process and many of us will become one at some point in our lives. Given their importance what responsibilities do they have and what can they be liable for? What is a Personal Representative? A Personal [...]

10 07, 2017

Local family lawyer Victoria Iliff joins Mewies

2017-09-06T10:16:06+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

Family law specialist Victoria Iliff has moved from Keighley’s Waddington Turner Wall to Skipton’s Mewies Solicitors.  Victoria, who lives in Riddlesden, had been with Waddington Turner Wall for 11 years. She has now joined Angela Green’s growing Family team at Skipton law firm Mewies [...]

4 07, 2017

Acting as a Deputy for a person with dementia

2017-07-05T09:14:51+00:00 July 4th, 2017|

For someone with dementia, there comes a time when they will need another person to take over making decisions about essential matters, such as health and finances. Many people will put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place in advance of this happening. However, [...]