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As fewer firms offer legal aid there are talks of legal aid deserts: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/strain-of-legal-aid-cuts-showing-in-family-housing-and-immigration-law and https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/society-exposes-catastrophic-housing-advice-deserts/5070051.article When you look at the ways clients can qualify for legal aid it does seem you need a degree in astrophysics to try and understand the labyrinthine rules. It is no wonder so many firms are ceasing to offer…

The Probate fees increase is not now going to happen in this Parliament, which is good news, so watch this space to see if and when it will happen. Unfortunately the Probate applications backlog is still over two months so it is still taking a while to obtain Probates, not good if a sale depends…

We have many queries about the factors that are to be taken into account in divorce cases. The system is based on the discretion of the Judge who ultimately hears the case, if it is contested. As a result it is sometimes difficult to fully advise about the likely outcome. The best resource is the…

D is for??

Dare I transfer property? We have many clients come to see us to talk about transferring property to deal with mortgages, to pay debts, to try and avoid inheritance tax, care fees etc. There are many complex issues to consider but I like to think of these as the many “Ds”. To explain I set…

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