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Buying property in joint names

Posted 06 January 2017 by Tim Quint

A house or flat is often purchased in the names of more than individual, i.e. “jointly”.  In such circumstances, consideration must always be given to the manner of such joint ownership and its consequences. Ignoring for the purposes of this article property purchased by business partners, private individuals have the options of either a “joint tenancy” or “tenancy in common”.  The word “tenancy” in this context can sometimes be a little confusing but it is no more than a label and does not infer any relationship of landlord and ten...

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“Do women need different advice to men”?

Posted 06 January 2017 by Dawn Pennell

Dawn Pennell of Capron & Helliwell solicitors considers  “Do women need different advice to men”? In his book John Gray asserts that “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” and that the most common relationship problems between men and women are caused by fundamental psychological differences between the sexes.  So, if that’s true, when a relationship breaks down, must legal advice differ depending on whether you are male or female? In almost all relationships the earning capacity of the spouses will differ and it’s not unusual for one p...

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Protecting our elderly and vulnerable

Posted 06 January 2017 by Wendy Brighton

Several cases have come to my attention recently where, generally our older folk have been caused a great deal of stress and upset by unwanted intrusions into their homes or lives. This is sometimes by telephone calls, sometimes letters or their own genuine requests for information which then leaves them vulnerable to pressure sales techniques selling them high priced goods which they do not really want. Over the telephone there can be callers who are actively seeking to get bank details so as to take money from accounts- often the police do warn the general public when a particular scam ...

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Will the ‘blame game’ ever end?

Posted 06 January 2017 by Dawn Pennell

Will the ‘blame game’ ever end?  Dawn Pennell of Capron & Helliwell solicitors considers the possibility of the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember Baroness Hale first introducing the concept of a ‘no-fault’ style divorce some twenty or so years ago.  I attended training for the anticipated changes but, in the event, it did not make it on to the Statute book with MPs rejecting the idea. On 13th October last year the MP Richard Bacon put forward a motion to Parliament which shines the spotlight on ...

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