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Free Mencap seminar on making a Will or Setting up a Trust

As a parent of a child or adult with a learning disability it can be hard not to worry about what will happen in the future when you are no longer around.   Reading Mencap is delighted to be hosting a free seminar on Monday...

Rowberry Morris take part in Staines 10 km run 2019

Another hugely successful fundraising run for the Rowberry Morris team! We had a great run, everyone finished with good times, the weather was fabulous (though a little hotter than expected) and there was good support around the town again. A big thank you...

LPAs and Digital Danger

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) are legal documents that allow a person (“the Donor”) to choose one or more individuals (“Attorneys”) to handle their affairs in the event that they can no longer do so themselves. ...

Probate Fee Increase

In November 2018, the government revived its proposed change to probate fees from a flat fee of £215 (£155 for applications by solicitors) to a banded structure based on the value of the estate which passes under the will.  At the time of...

Did you register an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017?

If so, you may be eligible to a partial refund of the registration fee paid from the OPG.  The amount of the refund will depend upon when the application to register was submitted to the OPG, but you will also receive 0.5% interest. The claim must be...

What do you need to consider when making a will?

Surprisingly, over half of adults in the UK haven’t made a will. Yet, as life decisions go, drawing up a legally-binding document that details what you want to happen to your estate after death is extremely important, particularly for those you leave...

Putting children first after divorce or separation

Divorce or separation are one of life’s most stressful events. If there are children involved in the process, it becomes even more complex. Though it can be hard to reach a resolution in what are often contentious circumstances, putting children first...

Rowberry Morris and 3PB win landmark age discrimination case

In this case we recently handled an Age Discrimination Claim, where our client was left feeling humiliated after being sacked from her secretary job in the NHS. As you might have seen, the employment tribunal case of Mrs Eileen Jolly has been all over the...

Taking the Alternative Route to Dispute Resolution

Not many people enjoy conflict. When we face a difficult time in our lives, we all want to find the quickest, least stressful and most sensible solution to our problem. When the problem is a civil dispute, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can often be...

Who is responsible if your vehicle is damaged by a pothole?

Potholes. They’re the bane of every motorist, motorcyclist and cyclist in the land. They’ve even been known to claim the odd pedestrian or two, and it seems that the problem is getting worse. With hundreds of thousands of miles to look after,...

What is adverse possession?

If you’re a property owner, one of the biggest worries is that ‘squatters’ will move into a vacant property and take up residency. If they are not removed quickly then there is the possibility that they can acquire the ownership of a...

Protection when buying from an online auction site

If there’s one place you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a bargain, it’s an online auction site. Ebay is now one of the world’s biggest buying and selling portals, with millions of transactions taking place every year. It’s...

Get off my land! Who has the 'right to roam' over farmland?

The sheer number of footpaths that criss-cross this green and pleasant land is a fabulous reason for lovers of the outdoors to strap on their boots and get roaming. But what you need to remember is that those seemingly empty fields and miles and miles of...

Flexible Working - Your Rights and Responsibilities

Flexible working is becoming increasingly important to employees wanting to achieve a better work/life balance. In fact, one study by communications firm TeleWare, shows almost a quarter of employees have rejected a job due to a lack of flexibility in...

Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you have recently noticed that you have started to suffer from ill health or are becoming more forgetful, then it’s important to put arrangements in place so that the right healthcare and financial help can be given to you in the future.  This...

Financial Issues on the Breakdown of Marriage

When settling financial arrangements it is important to consider the full picture.  Thought should be given to the following issues:-      1.    Should any property be sold    Where parties are going to...

Your Digital Legacy

More and more people are using technology to run their lives, but what happens to all of your devices and your digital footprint when you die?  How does your executor (or attorney) even know about your digital life if there is no paperwork? The...

Landlord and Tenant Update

A court has recently considered threats made by landlord to evict their tenant.  The case comes as a warning to Landlords to be very careful in how they communicate with tenants as such activity can constitute harassment. In order to succeed in a claim...

Unmarried couples beware!

Many people choose to live together or cohabit, rather than get married or enter into a civil partnership. It’s a popular saying, but there’s no such thing as a “common law” husband or wife in law. The rights of cohabitees, are...

Higher Rate Stamp Duty Land Tax for Residential Properties

Higher Rate Stamp Duty (an additional 3% duty over normal rates) does not just apply to the purchase of buy to let/holiday homes.  It can apply to most property purchases where you (or a spouse) own another property (or an interest in one over...
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