GOING IT ALONE IN THE FAMILY COURT

  A litigant in person is someone who represents themselves within Court proceedings instead of instructing a solicitor or barrister. In recent times there has been an increase in litigants in person in Court proceedings, often led to believe that they must represent themselves because legal representation is unaffordable. A report entitled ‘Standing Alone: going…

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Proposed Divorce Reform

  The current grounds for divorce are set out in a piece of legislation passed in 1973. Back then divorce rates were much lower than they are now (currently 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce) and divorce was still very much taboo. Therefore, whilst the 1973 legislation allowed for divorce, the grounds were limited…

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PICTONS ANNOUNCE TWO YEAR SPONSORSHIP OF TRING PARK CC WOMENS AND LADIES

Pictons is delighted to announce that it has secured a deal to sponsor the Tring Park Cricket Club Women and Girls section for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The sponsorship forms part of Pictons continued efforts to support Community organisations and sporting clubs within the geographical areas of its practice. As well as having…

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The importance of Making a Will in 2019

Making a will is one of the most critical things that you can do, and yet research produced by insurance company Royal London has found that 54% of UK adults do not have a Will. Passing away without leaving a valid Will often makes an already difficult time for your loved ones all the more…

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SATURDAY MORNINGS ARE COMING TO PICTONS

Need a more flexible solicitor? A solicitor that can accommodate you outside of 9-5, Monday – Friday? Our Luton office will be open on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm for personal attendances or prearranged appointments so if you need to pop something in to us please feel free to come over. Our office is situated on…

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Making gifts in your role as Attorney or Deputy, rules and pitfalls

Deciding whether or not to make gifts from a person’s estate when you are acting for them as an Attorney or as a court appointed Deputy is an important matter.  You may feel that you wish to make gifts to individuals, either family or friends, or perhaps a charity that you feel the person would…

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To Auction or not to Auction?

There are many advantages to selling or buying at auction, though you must equally be aware of the pitfalls. Auction guide prices can be misleading as these are set to entice the bidder. However, you need to bear in mind the actual reserve will generally be 10% above the auction guide price. Bidding Clearly when…

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Government plans to launch a consultation on no fault divorce

Divorce laws in England and Wales are set for a major shake up under new Government plans to introduce ‘no fault’ divorce.  This will allow couples to split up with less acrimony and opposition. Vaishali Faldu, a solicitor in Pictons’ family department says “it is anticipated that these proposals could help streamline the slow and…

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Residential Leasehold Property, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  In recent months there have been stories in the news in relation to Leasehold Properties which portrays them in a negative light, but how much of it is true? When it comes to property, usually houses are freehold, meaning the owner owns the property absolutely with very few restrictions in relation to how they…

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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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