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What could 2019 have in store for Residential Landlord and Tenants?

  A Ban on Tenants’ Fees The Tenants Fee Bill is currently going through Parliament and is likely to become law in the spring subject to any major political upheavals. If the bill becomes law then it will remove letting agents’ charges to tenants. They will only be required to pay their rent and deposit…

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Trend towards flexible leases for businesses

Commercial tenants’ are becoming more and more aware of the potential impact of their obligations under a lease, and how this coincides with their short term and long term plans for their business. There appears to be a definite shift towards (i) shorter leases, (ii) more frequent break clauses, and/or (iii) increased alienation provisions allowing…

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RECENT CHANGES TO PROBATE LAW TO SPEED UP APPLICATIONS

  New legislation introduced on 27 November 2018 will hopefully speed up the process for making applications to the Probate Registry. Fazia Hussain, a Wills and Probate lawyer at Pictons Solicitors explains “Those appointed as Personal Representatives need to make a formal application, known as applying for Probate, to the Probate Registry as part of…

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FREE MATRIMONIAL ADVICE IN JANUARY

Throughout January Pictons will be offering free matrimonial advice sessions for those who are looking for help with issues relating to marriage, divorce, finances, cohabitation and children. The sessions are by appointment only so please ring 01582 870880 and speak with Sarah to arrange a convenient time. All sessions are fully confidential and will take…

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60 Second interview with John Bartholomew at our Tring office.

1.    How long have you worked for Pictons? I have worked as a Consultant with Pictons since 1st November 2010. 2.    What area of law do you specialise in? My work mainly consists of Commercial Property including property development. I also do some private client work including Wills, Trusts, administration of estates and estate and…

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A 30 second divorce – how do I get one?

Ant McPartlin and his ex-wife have recently been in the news with their 30 second divorce.  But what does this mean? Is this true? Can you get one? In recent years we have continuously been told about celebrities who are able to get “quickie” divorces. Lilly Macintosh and Professor Green were married for two years…

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Pictons Solicitors LLP secures Law Society’s conveyancing quality mark

Pictons Solicitors LLP located in Herts, Beds and Bucks has once again secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. This is the 6th year in a row that Pictons has achieved CQS accreditation. Pictons underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order…

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Stamp Duty and the Autumn Budget

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDTL) Relief following the Autumn 2018 Budget. On Monday, 29th October, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, announced changes to the current SDLT regime. The new measures will apply to individuals who fall within the “first-time buyers” category purchasing shared ownership homes valued up to £500,000. Who are “first time buyers”?…

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Security of Tenure

Are you approaching the end of your fixed term commercial lease? If you are running your business from commercial premises subject to a contractual tenancy, it might be worthwhile checking whether your lease says anything about the Security of Tenure provisions to ascertain whether you can renew your lease and continue to run your business…

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