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Problems renting during the coronavirus crisis, your questions answered

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Emergency legislation has introduced greater protection to tenants during the coronavirus crisis, at a time when it was important to ensure that people did not find themselves homeless due to financial difficulties. You may have read newspaper stories...

When a spouse or partner is abusive during lockdown

Deborah Nicholson
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Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic changes to all of our lives, including our family life.  During the lockdown we are all forced to isolate in our homes, and for some this forced time together and the disruption to our normal...

Possible impacts of COVID-19 on property transactions

Karen Du Rocher
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For clients in the midst of trying to buy, sell or rent a property, the coronavirus outbreak is causing particular uncertainty at all stages in the process. We want to reassure you that our property law team will continue to operate as normally as possible...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement

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It is no secret that the Coronavirus is affecting, and will continue to affect, the ability of the UK to continue with daily life, as normal, for some time to come. We are striving towards limiting disruption to our service delivery for as long as is safely...

Garden leave - protecting your business when employees go

Jasvinder Gill
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When a key employee is about to leave, employers look to minimise damage to their business and may wish to keep the employee away from customers and commercially sensitive information. Often this is done by putting the employee on garden leave during their...

When your partner owns the property and you pay the bills - what rights do you have to your home if you separate?

Deborah Nicholson
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If your partner owned their home when you moved in together, then it is not uncommon to agree to pay all or most of the bills as a way of sharing living costs without the hassle of changing the mortgage paperwork or the legal title. When a relationship has...

When a promise of land or property is not honoured in a will

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If you have put your life plans on hold to help out a family member who has promised to leave you land or property in their will by way of reward, you will understandably feel aggrieved where they fail to make good on this. Whether there is anything you can...

Let's be clear about Common Law marriage

Deborah Nicholson
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Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down. Despite what many believe – and around one in four people living together think they have the same legal protection as married couples...

Payment terms in your commercial contracts

Selwan Yousif
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When you extend credit to a customer it is very easy to forget that it is the same as handing over cash. In order to preserve and protect the financial health of your business, it is vitally important to ensure that you regularly review and update your...

Claiming compensation for a serious road traffic accident

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Although the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, the number of road traffic accidents resulting in death or serious injury each year is increasing. The police received reports of 26,610 people killed or seriously injured in the year ending June...

The risks of DIY probate

Rebecca Tuffrey
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An increasing number of executors choose to deal with an estate themselves when a close relative dies, but is this really a wise move?  The reality is that probate is usually a complex process, even where the estate appears at first blush to be small...

Six common debt recovery mistakes

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Recovering a debt quickly is an essential part of ensuring your business remains in good financial health, but when you are busy focusing on attracting new custom and fulfilling current commitments it can be easy to forget this.  As a result, procedures...

Challenging a will your relative was pressured into making

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Everyone has the right to make a will leaving their money and property to whoever they choose.  But what happens where decisions about who gets what have been unfairly influenced by another person?  Does the will still stand or can it be challenged...

Making a will after a second or subsequent marriage

Rebecca Tuffrey
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Without a valid will that says otherwise, your spouse may inherit most if not all of your assets on your death and any children you have from previous marriages could be left with little or nothing.  This is why more and more cases are being brought...

Hatten Wyatt - More Information...

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We are delighted to announce that as of 1st July 2017, the Practice of Stephens & Son will be joining together with the long standing and well established Gravesend law firm, Hatten Wyatt. Over the last decade Hatten Wyatt has grown significantly and...

Stephens & Son Celebrates 222 years

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Leading Kent law firm, Stephens & Son, marked the start of a year celebrating 222 years of service to the community by unveiling its new livery on 1st May 2015. The Chatham based firm can trace its history back to the first Mr Stephens, who practised in...