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

2018-01-16T14:17:58+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 [...]

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, [...]

27 06, 2017

Dealing with neighbour disputes

2017-06-27T20:30:30+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

We live in increasingly close proximity to one another and, inevitably, that can lead to tensions rising over the behavior of our neighbours. There are many different levels of disputes, from a neighbour playing music at full volume throughout the night, to those who move [...]

30 05, 2017

The benefits of a clean break settlement

2017-05-21T18:05:24+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

Consent Orders and Financial Orders are the two main methods for dealing with finances when a divorce happens. The principal difference between the two is that a Consent Order is usually concluded by mutual agreement and so can be a quicker and simpler process. [...]