Legal Aid update
By Timothy Wilton 10/07/2014

Since April 2013 there have been fundamental changes to Family Law and, more particularly, the way in which clients need to fund family matters. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 removed Legal Aid from the majority of private family matters. In order to qualify for Legal Aid since April 2013, clients […]

Prenuptial and Living Together Agreements
By Timothy Wilton

Prenuptial (Pre-marriage) Agreements (known to newspapers and gossip columns as ‘Prenups’) are something we hear a lot about in the press and on TV. Most people imagine them to be reserved for celebrities or the extremely wealthy. What are they? A Prenup is an agreement or contract between you and your soon-to-be spouse. They state, […]

‘It’s A Knockout’ Success for Hartley & Worstenholme
By Timothy Wilton 19/07/2013

A team of lawyers, staff and estate agents from Hartley & Worstenholme beat off competition from rival teams in a charity ‘It’s A Knockout’ tournament on Sunday 14th July in aid of the Prince of Wales Hospice – raising over £600 in the process. The day began with warm-up exercises (including some questionable dancing from […]

Green options for home owners
By Timothy Wilton 15/02/2013

The Green Deal These days we are all expected to be experts in climate change and matters of environmental importance, we are advised that making the “green choice” is the “right choice”, but it is sometimes difficult to make sense of the enormous amount of information which is out there. People generally want to make […]

Can you afford access to Justice
By Timothy Wilton 29/01/2013

The Ministry of Justice is changing the way people can bring a claim if they have been injured. An injured party would not be able to keep 100% of the compensation they are due but would have to pay their own legal costs. The Ministry of Justice suggests the changes to the regulations in relation […]

Family Legal Aid – What you need to know
By Timothy Wilton

It may not have been given too much attention in the national media, but legal aid will soon be changing drastically due to the implementation of The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. From the 31st January 2013, firms which deal with civil matters under Legal Aid schemes will be forced to […]

Will Aid makes over £3,000 for charity
By Timothy Wilton 03/01/2013

Hartley & Worstenholme Solicitors have helped raise a record sum of £3,525 for Will Aid this year. Solicitors in the private client team at Hartley & Worstenholme’s Castleford and Pontefract offices drafted almost 50 wills free of charge throughout November to reward generous donations to the Will Aid charity. Will Aid supports 8 diverse charities, […]

Hartley & Worstenholme Estate Agents buck market trends
By Timothy Wilton

Despite trying times for the property market and the tendency for the Christmas period to be slow for buyers and sellers, Hartley & Worstenholme Estate Agents are continuing to go from strength to strength. Throughout November and December, our estate agents have seen solid and reassuring sales figures where other firms are winding down for […]

The Bribery Act – what your business needs to know
By Timothy Wilton 16/11/2012

The Bribery Act 2010 (‘the Act’) imposes criminal sanctions (including a prison term of up to 10 years and an unlimited fine) on those who commit acts of bribery. An illegal act of bribery can have profound consequences on a business, reaching from an employee, right up to management and shareholders. The offences It is […]

Meg Andrews on BBC Radio Leeds
By Timothy Wilton 08/11/2012

BBC Radio Leeds with Meg Andrews Our very own Meg Andrews was to be heard recently on BBC Radio Leeds talking about the importance of making a Will. If you feel inspired by Meg then please call and make an appointment, to make sure your family or other beneficiaries are well cared for. Click here to listen. […]