March 20, 2020
Increasingly, more people are renting rather than owning their own homes. It is important for both landlords and tenants to be aware of the rules around renting properties. With the right approach, it is possible to avoid any issues and resolve disputes. Tenancies There are two main types of tenancies. A periodic tenancy goes from month to month, while a fixed term date has a clear end date. Tenant rights As a tenant, you have certain rights. This includes the right to live in a...
March 13, 2020
Contentious probate is where a party disputes the validity of a will. Probate refers to how this is distributed and it is important to look at how this process works and whether there are any issues that need to be addressed. Why someone might dispute probate There are numerous reasons why someone might distribute probate. They may argue that the person that was supposed to be handling the probate has not done so properly. It may also be argued that you are not receiving the...
March 6, 2020
What area defines the property of you and your neighbour? It sounds like a simple question, but there are any number of complications. For example, you might build a fence or wall around your property that may go into your neighbour’s boundary, or there may be issues around access areas that go between both. It is this point of contention that results in boundary disputes. Problems One problem with boundary disputes is that it can often be over an area of land without that much...
February 28, 2020
People go to legal firms for various reasons. It could be because they want to draw up a will, need to discuss child custody, or deal with a difficult business issue. There are a lot of options available, but knowing the right option when it comes to choosing a legal representative can be difficult. This is why we wanted to talk about why you should choose Larcomes to represent you. Myths of legal representation There are some myths around legal representation that we feel ought...
February 21, 2020
There can be numerous reasons why someone may want to appeal a legal verdict. It may be that something affected or prejudiced the case, or new evidence may have recently come to light. Whatever the reason, knowing how the appeals process works can make it easier if you need to appeal a verdict. Request You need to send your request within 28 days of your sentence or conviction (although it may be possible to do so later if you can prove why you need an...
February 14, 2020
For decades, asbestos was thought of as a low cost, flame retardant material. Unfortunately, as we now know, it has been proven to be deadly, producing serious conditions that have been affecting people for decades. This is why companies not only need to take asbestos removal seriously but make sure it is done as effectively as possible. Why it’s a concern It is estimated that asbestos kills 5000 people a year. The difficulty is that once people are exposed to these fibres, it can be...
February 7, 2020
The European referendum resulted in the UK voting to leave the European Union. Leaving the political implications of that vote, it does open the question as to what legal framework will replace EU law once the transition period is over. In this article, we will be looking at ways in which Brexit will (or could potentially) affect UK law. Laws The first thing to clarify is that leaving the EU does not mean the end of EU law. What has changed since the vote is...
January 31, 2020
The term “trust fund” is often associated with rich people and the idea of protecting younger people until they are ready to access money. However, there are various types of trust funds, and a lot of people can both create them and benefit from them. Equally, there are legal issues to be aware of when setting them up. What is a trust? A trust is some money that is set aside for different purposes. Often, it is kept aside for when someone is ready to...
January 17, 2020
Child custody is an issue that can happen due to various reasons. It can be as a result of the death of a parent or parents, or as a result of divorce. It is important to be aware of the rules around child custody, so you are aware of your rights, as well as your responsibilities regarding the rights and needs of your children. Residency In recent years custody is more commonly referred to as “residency.” Ideally, an agreement will be arranged so that an...
January 3, 2020
Sometimes relationships cannot be retrieved. In this instance, a divorce may be necessary. For around fifty years, the laws around divorce had some fundamental issues, and as of April 2019, this has now been changed. Fault One of the problems with UK divorce law has been that in order to achieve a divorce quickly, there has to be some kind of fault assigned to one party. This has led to what has been referred to as “empty shell” marriages as it can take up to...