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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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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