Wills lockdown service
By Timothy Wilton 03/04/2020

The country may be on lockdown. But we are not. Our established key worker wills team are still here to help. Whilst there are many reasons people will often delay putting their affairs in order the importance of making it a priority cannot be overstated. Wills Our will writing team are still able to take […]

Martin House Children’s Hospice – Make A Will Month
By Timothy Wilton 13/04/2016

The Castleford office of Hartley & Worstenholme are please to announce that they are participating in the Martin House Children’s Hospice “make a will month” in May 2016. This gives you the opportunity to have a will written at the discounted price of £60 for a basic single will or £110 for basic mirror wills. […]

Legal Aid restrictions marginally loosened
By Timothy Wilton 11/09/2015

As many people are aware, in 2013 the possibility of obtaining Legal Aid to help in a dispute relating to divorce or children was severely restricted by the Legal Aid,  Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This placed a requirement that in order for a person to receive Legal Aid (public funding) they would […]

HSBC ends probate service
By Timothy Wilton

You will no longer be able to bank on your Bank to sort things out after your death HSBC, formerly known as the Midland Bank, have taken the decision to stop offering a probate service. If you have appointed HSBC or the Midland to act as your executor, they will no longer undertake this role […]

The recent budget and inheritance tax
By Margaret Andrews 10/04/2015

The recent budget scarcely mentioned inheritance tax,  which is hardly surprising in light of the coalition agreement not to raise the threshold until after the forthcoming election. The government did, however, resurrect the proposal to abolish deeds of variation, a plan abandoned last century in light of strong opposition from many, including the Law Society. […]

Property Update: More Haste, Less Speed
By Timothy Wilton 16/03/2015

A poll conducted by the Law Society has found that the most stressful aspect of buying a new home is the time it takes to advance the matter to completion. In fact, 65% of homebuyers indicated that they were willing to pay more in legal fees in exchange for a speedier transaction. The conveyancing process […]

Property Update: European Union Mortgage Regulations
By Timothy Wilton

The European Union (‘EU’) have recently announced new mortgage rules to be introduced in all countries that are members of the EU.   England and Wales will therefore be affected by the new regime which, by March 2016, must be implemented in relation to all residential and commercial mortgages.   The new rules will mean […]

Family Law Update: Maintenance
By Timothy Wilton 11/02/2015

A recent case in the High Court has provided guidance on what should be considered when a spouse applies for  maintenance payments.   Spousal maintenance, put simply, amounts to payments made from one spouse (‘Payer’) to another (‘Payee’)on a regular basis so that the Payee may continue to cope financially and transition to a financially […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax – Update
By Anna Newport 13/01/2015

The New Regime Chancellor George Osborne said that stamp duty will be cut for 98% of homebuyers in his Autumn Statement to the Commons.  These changes came into effect at midnight on the 3rd December 2014.   Before the Autumn Changes the amount of stamp duty payable jumped at certain price levels. This system has been replaced by a […]

What happens to the house on divorce?
By Timothy Wilton 12/01/2015

When couples divorce, they sometimes informally agree what will happen to the matrimonial home. They might agree that the wife should live there until the youngest reaches adulthood, that the property be sold and the proceeds be divided (not necessarily equally) or for the outgoing party to be ‘bought out’ by the person who stays. […]

Voluntary Registration of Land – England & Wales
By Tom Day

Over 85% of the land in England and Wales is registered at the Land Registry and the Land Registry has already registered 23 million titles. If the property you own is not registered at the Land Registry we strongly recommend that you make a voluntary application to register it… why?   Reasons to Register • […]