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HMO Licencing Update

Emma Morris
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From 1st October 2018 the rules for Licencing Houses of Multiple Occupation will be tightened. Any property let to 5 or more people living in 2 or more households will have to be licenced.  This no longer applies to properties of 3 or more stories...

Assured Shorthold Tenancies - serving a section 21 notice

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There is a legal change regarding ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies which began before 1 st October 2015. From 1 st October 2018 a Landlord will only be able to serve a section 21 notice giving 2 months notice to end the tenancy, if they can show the...

Back to school - the homework every parent should be completing

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With the summer holidays coming to an end, many children (and parents) will be looking forward to the start of a new school year. Now is the perfect time to reflect on the past few weeks spent with your children and consider whether they would be protected...

10 reasons to use a Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) lawyer

Sharon Richardson
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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited solicitor is an expert in elder client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your future or the...

Landmark ruling - withdrawal of life support

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There has been a Landmark ruling on the withdrawal of life support for those in a vegetative state This week the Supreme Court ruled that doctors and families do not need to seek the permission of the court to withdraw end of life care for someone in a...

LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018

Jessica Duffy
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We are extremely pleased and proud to find out today that we have been shortlisted for the LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018 in the Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year category. We are looking forward to attending the Awards Dinner in September. Well done to...

Key ways to making cooperative co-parenting work

Christopher Myles
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Children of divorce do best when both of their parents continue to be actively involved in their lives. It's the ongoing connection that makes the positive difference for these children, minimising the fact that their parents no longer live together. ...

Children parenting their parents

Christopher Myles
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Insightful words below from Rosalind Sedacca, author of the new ebook ‘How Do I Tell the Kids ... about the Divorce?’ on children parenting their parents during a divorce. Contact a member of the Crombie Wilkinson Family law team for help and...

We are proud to announce our chosen charities

Charlotte Mountain
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Each year we choose a charity at each of our offices to support and raise funds for for a 12 month period. Our staff were asked to nominate charities they would like to be considered and these were voted on to pick a chosen charity for each office. We are...

Is Legal Aid available for Family matters?

Kim Denton
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The answer is yes but only in certain circumstances. Someone wishing to apply for an injunction under the Family Law Act 1996 will be eligible for legal aid.  Depending on their financial situation they may have to pay a contribution towards their...

Managing your affairs if you suffer from Dementia

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Last week it was announced that Dame Barbara Windsor is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.  According to Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, she first showed symptoms in 2009 when her close friends and...

How to provide for your pet when you are gone

Orlando Bridgeman
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Orlando Bridgeman explains how to provide for your pet when you are gone. People sometimes prepare wills simply because they wish to provide for their pet after their death where they have no close family. Wills dealing with pets require careful drafting,...

Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation?

Mark Robinson
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Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation? Client’s often come to see me and ask about what they, or their partner, are entitled to following a separation, frequently referring to their rights as a “common law spouse”....

Leaving a gift in your Will for York Mind

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Could you remember York Mind in your Will? York Mind are our current chosen charity for our York office and as part of the fundraising we have been doing to support them, we wanted to let people know that you can support them too by looking to leave a gift...

Powers of Attorney - could you be due a refund?

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On 1 February 2018 the Office of the Public Guardian launched a scheme allowing almost 2 million people to claim a refund on fees paid to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). During the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 significantly more people...

Divorce and Family Mediation - 11 essential facts and trends

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The journey to raise awareness of Family Mediation continues following Family Mediation Week..  This infographic has been created to simplify divorce mediation and disputes with some interesting facts and trends.   Contact Chris Myles...

Read our top tips for creating a Lasting Power of Attorney

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Plan early – While you have capacity, you should get your affairs in order and choose the best people to manage your affairs, in case of an accident or illness. You cannot appoint an Attorney once mental capacity is lost. Choose carefully –...

Our office opening hours over Christmas

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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our office opening hours over the festive season are as follows: Friday 22 December - The offices close at 11am Monday 25-Tuesday 26 December - Closed Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 December - The offices...

Two new Directors appointed at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

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We are pleased to announce that we have appointed two new Directors in the firm. Belinda-Jane Poulter and Ian Barnard were appointed as Directors from 1st November 2017, taking the number of Directors in the firm to 12, as the firm continues with its...

LPAs turning digital risk

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Local solicitor warns changes to powers of attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk Local solicitor, Crombie Wilkinson from York issues warning following FCA’s call to turn lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) fully digital Proposals would remove...

Your Family First - What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits?

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What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits? A Parenting Plan is a written document that parents make on the practical aspects of parenting when they separate and divorce. They are designed to give each parent and their children clarity about when...

Report on health and care of older people

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AGE UK has produced a Briefing on Health and Care of Older People in England 2017 This is a very comprehensive review of demographics, social care and health services in relation to older people. There is also a useful summary of these facts and figures...

Proposed increase in probate fees

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There is a Petition available for people to sign to reconsider the proposed significant and unreasonable increase in probate fees. The current fee for all estates is 155. The change mean fees on 42% of estates will increase by 2 to 129 times, payable even...

Blame is a game no one wins (why we need no fault divorce)

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We are supporting Resolution in their campaign for no fault divorce, because there is #abetterway. Today, 30 November 2016, and going forward, let’s do what we can to support change in the law which will support separating and divorcing couples and...

Read this if you let out property.

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Property Owners who let out their property for short-term holiday or business lettings could be in breach of User Covenant. In a recent case appealed by the Tenant from the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered...

Online Guide to Care

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The BBC has republished an online guide to care, which details the costs people face wherever they live in the UK. Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors have specialist solicitors who can provide later life advice, including making a Will and LPA's, Long Term...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Marie Curie Free Will-writing Scheme

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Marie Curie has agreed a set fee with participating solicitors to write a simple single or Mirror Will, or update an existing simple Will. The scheme is open to individuals and couples aged 55 and above. For couples only one person needs to be aged 55 or...

Wills to support Macmillan

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We help with Wills. We are proud to support Macmillan from Monday 19th to Friday 30th September with their Will Writing Campaign promotion.  By supporting this campaign, you will be making a difference to the lives of local people affected by...

Landlord and tenant news

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A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

YTHC Will Writing Campaign

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York Teaching Hospital Charity Will Writing Campaign Monday 17 Friday 28 October 2016 (weekday appointments only) Why make a Will? Only three out of ten of us will make a Will. This means we are not planning for the future of our loved ones,...