Date: November2016

The very latest news and views from Ashley James Solicitors

Christmas Arrangements

Christmas Arrangements

For separating couples with children, sorting out arrangements for children over the Christmas period can be quite an exhausting and distressing task. Are you at loggerheads with your former partner? Does an agreement seem impossible to achieve? Do you feel that instead of focussing on preparations for the festive season, your energy is forcefully being […]

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Homeowners Beware

Homeowners Beware

All homeowners should be vigilant when it comes to Land and Property they own especially when you are in a high risk category Take this example in the press recently http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-38080102 Stockport identity fraud victim’s £500k home put on market. A Homeowner was shocked to find his property for sale on an auction site. Luckily […]

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Basic Guide To Buying a House

Basic Guide To Buying a House

How to Find a property: Research the area to ensure you are happy with it. Find a property by using Estate Agents and the Internet. Instruct a solicitor at this stage. Many people wait until they have found a property before instructing solicitors. We recommend that you do this when you first intend to buy […]

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Protect Your Property From Fraud

Protect Your Property From Fraud

All property owners should be vigilant about property fraud. Property fraud can affect anyone but you should check if you fall into one of these high risk areas your identity has been stolen previously you rent out your property you live overseas the property is empty the property is not mortgaged There are various types […]

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Is the trend of a McKenzie Friend serving us justly?

Is the trend of a McKenzie Friend serving us justly?

Following the legal aid changes, the public were left with little choice but to resort to cheaper forms of legal representation.  However, the law society Gazette has warned against some who have acted unjustly. David Bright, 48, of North London was sentenced on 14 October at Wood Green Crown Court to 12 months’ imprisonment after […]

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No Fault Divorce

No Fault Divorce

The usual ground for a Divorce is irretrievable breakdown which must be accompanied by one of the following 5 facts: The respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent. The respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the […]

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New Stamp Duty Guidance

New Stamp Duty Guidance

Clients often ask us the following: How can I save on Stamp Duty?  Are there any legal Stamp Duty mitigation schemes ? How can I reduce or avoid Stamp Duty ? This article focuses on Higher Rates for Additional Residential Properties. When you buy an additional residential property, you will now pay 3% on top […]

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