Recognition for local law Firm
By Timothy Wilton 30/08/2018

Hartley & Worstenholme solicitors of Pontefract and Castleford have been shortlistedfor an award for ‘Small Conveyancing Firm’ of the year.  Victoria Davis, who heads up the online conveyancing department said, “Online conveyancing is very fast moving, high pressure and demanding – you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball.  We have grown the team […]

Supreme court decision: a step closer to a no fault divorce?
By Timothy Wilton 26/07/2018

A recent Supreme Court decision has applied pressure to Parliament to consider the state of divorce law in England and Wales. The current law requires proof that the marriage has broken down irretrievably in order to obtain a divorce. You may divorce someone on the basis of their behaviour or adultery, but under current rules, […]

Local Law firm recognition for specialist services
By Timothy Wilton 21/12/2017

Jonathan Sharp, Managing Partner, and Mandy Arkell, Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, at the local law firm Hartley & Worstenholme, based in Pontefract and Castleford have recently gained specialist qualifications respectively as a Notary and Children Panel Member. Jonathan, a commercial property solicitor, is now one of around 850 Notaries in England and Wales to be […]

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 […]