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The risks involved in making a DIY Will   Recently updated !

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]


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The Leasehold Timebomb

If your property is still leasehold, the clock is ticking. If you have less than 60 years left to go on your lease you should seriously consider buying the freehold. With a leasehold, as a leaseholder, you just have the right to use the property. You do not own the land or the property itself. You have a lease to use the property in accordance with […]


Ban on Tenant Fees 2019

The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1 June 2019. The aim of the Act is to reduce the costs that tenants face at the outset, and throughout, a tenancy.  Tenants will now be able to see, at a glance, what their chosen property will cost them with no hidden costs. The tenants cannot be charged for extra services, including independent inventories, so […]


New Probate Fees – April 2019

This month, the government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee, to one based on the value of the estate. The new proposals set out a banded structure, where fees rise with size of the estate. At the moment, families in England and Wales pay a flat probate fee of £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, […]


5 employment law changes to expect in 2019

Increase in the National Minimum Wage Having been announced as part of the 2018 Budget, both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1st April 2019. The minimum hourly rates will increase as follows (grouped by age category): 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) […]

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The pitfalls of a DIY divorce

The first month of the New Year is reportedly the most popular time of year to file for divorce and the PGM family team always see a rise in new cases after the festive season. We also see increasing numbers of people approaching us following attempts to keep the cost down with a DIY divorce. Without specialist legal advice you can get things very wrong […]


What are Grandparents’ rights?

It’s the time of year when unfortunately, we see a rise in divorce cases. In amongst the angst between separating couples, the grandparents involvement in a child’s life can be momentarily, if not altogether, forgotten about. Grandparents bring so many important qualities to a relationship with their grandchildren, the value of which should not be underestimated. However, grandparents’ rights are often over-looked when a relationship […]

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The office Christmas party – beware the employment law pitfalls!

It’s that time of year again! Companies are gearing up for the annual office Christmas party. This is traditionally a time when employees are at their most relaxed; especially if there is a little alcohol involved. However, amongst all the merriment, potentially difficult issues can arise for employers. 1.Employers can be held liable for discrimination occurring outside the workplace. It is important that all employees […]


Government to “clamp down” on leasehold mis-selling

The Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government James Brokenshire has written to the Competition and Markets Authority and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an effort to tackle issues with the leasehold market. Official figures point to approximately 100,000 tenants trapped in “exploitative and unfair” leasehold arrangements, with home owners suffering a ‘Double Clause’ in the worst cases. This amounts to ground rent […]


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What is the difference between civil partnerships and marriage?

The House of Commons has overwhelmingly backed a plan to fast-track the introduction of civil partnerships for straight couples. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 as a segregated form of union for same-sex couples, but campaigners called for them to be offered as a choice for all couples following the introduction of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland. Theresa May announces that straight couples will […]