Voluntary Registration at HM Land Registry
By Timothy Wilton 12/09/2012

About three quarters of the land in England and Wales is registered at the Land Registry consisting of over 22 million titles. If the property you own is not registered at Land Registry, we strongly recommend that you make a voluntary application to register it…why? Reasons to Register   It brings your ownership up to […]

 
Empty and Tenanted Homes
By Timothy Wilton 26/04/2012

If you own a residential property and don’t live there (you might be intending to refurbish it and move in later or perhaps you have a tenant in, or mean to get one) you may welcome an anti-fraud initiative recently introduced by Land Registry. If your property is registered at Land Registry you can apply […]

 
If Your Home Has a Septic Tank or Similar……Read This
By Timothy Wilton 23/12/2011

If your home uses a septic tank or similar drainage system (small sewage treatment plant (SSTP)) you may need to register with the Environment Agency. The situation is a little confusing but here goes! Regulations have been brought into force requiring the registration of such facilities with the Environment Agency. However, the registration system is […]

 
Hartley & Worstenholme secures Law Society’s new conveyancing quality mark
By Timothy Wilton 01/11/2011

Hartley & Worstenholme solicitors in Castleford and Pontefract has secured membership to the Law Society’s prestigous Conveyancing Quality Scheme. CQS makes it easier for buyers and sellers to identify solicitors who can ensure a safe and efficient level of service with high standards. The CQS is backed by the Council of Mortgage Lenders The Building Societies Association and […]

 
OPG FEE INCREASE
By Timothy Wilton 12/09/2011

The Office of the Public Guardian’s fees to register a Lasting Power of Attorney increased on the 1st October from £120 to £130 and the 100% discount for those with an income of less than £12,000 replaced with a “reduced fee” of £65. The OPG will not supply free official copies any more and just […]

 
The Prince of Wales Hospice – Fundraiser Success
By Timothy Wilton 24/08/2011

We would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for supporting our fund raising week in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice. The donation you provided was greatly appreciated. The week was a huge success and we are pleased to inform you that a total of £413.06 was raised. On behalf […]

 
Solicitors’ court closure fears
By Timothy Wilton 19/08/2010

By Hannah Postles Originally published in the Pontefract & Castleford Express, 19th August 2010. Worried solicitors fear vulnerable residents will be hardest hit if Pontefract’s County Court is axed in government cost-cutting plans. Senior staff at Hartley and Worstenholme say the proposed closure of the Horsefair facility – which would see it be merged with Wakefield’s […]

 
Court to close in Pontefract
By Timothy Wilton 05/08/2010

On Thursday 24th June 2010 the Ministry of Justice outlined proposals that will result in nearly a third of all Courts in England and Wales being closed. The closures affect both County Courts, that deal with civil and family work, and Magistrates Courts, that deal with criminal and family work. The effect of this in […]

 
Local sponsors bring good luck to Castleford
By Timothy Wilton 29/07/2010

Hartley & Worstenholme Solicitors are proud to be a kit sponsor for rugby league’s Castleford Tigers.  Mandy Arkell, from the family department at the law firm with offices in Castleford and Pontefract, attended the game. (Pictured with Ryan McGoldrick) Castleford Tigers ended their three-match losing run to revive their play-off hopes by winning 24-20 while […]

 
HIPs abolished
By Timothy Wilton 01/06/2010

Home Information Packs (HIPs) have been suspended by the government pending formal abolition. Houses marketed on or after 21st May 2010 no longer need a HIP. If you are a potential seller this is good news as you don’t have to pay several hundred pounds up front to market your property! You’ll still need to […]