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What is a Grant of Probate?

A Grant of Probate is a legal document that is issued by the Probate Registry after someone’s death. It gives a person (or group of people) the authority to administer[...]

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How to Set Up an Estate Planning Trust

An estate planning trust is separate to your Will and must be made during your lifetime. Trusts are complex legal documents, so you must ask a specialist solicitor to set[...]

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Stamp Duty Land Tax on Commercial Property

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) must be paid on non-residential property in England. This includes freehold and leasehold commercial properties. However, the rules vary for leasehold properties depending on whether[...]

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Buying a House as Joint Tenants vs Tenants in Common

In England and Wales, when you buy a property with someone else, you either buy as joint tenants or as tenants in common. There are significant differences between the two,[...]

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At What Age Should You Make a Will?

There is no particular age at which you should make a Will, but important milestones are a good place to start. This includes buying a house and having a child.[...]

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Terminating a Commercial Lease for Redevelopment

As a landlord, you are entitled to terminate a commercial lease on the grounds of redevelopment. However, there are certain criteria you must satisfy. Otherwise, the tenant will have the[...]

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Probate: What to Do When Someone Dies

When someone dies, you need to check whether or not the deceased had a valid Will in place. If so, you need to contact the people named as ‘Executors’, as[...]

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What Searches Do I Need When Buying a Property?

When buying a property, the basic searches you need are Land Registry searches, local authority searches, environmental searches and water authority searches. Your solicitor may also recommend some additional searches,[...]

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Common Myths Surrounding Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) give an appointed person (or group of people) the power to make decisions on your behalf, should you lose mental capacity in the future. They[...]

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