High Court Upholds Old Principle of ‘Older Dies First’ in Inheritance Dispute
A High Court judgement recently decided on an Inheritance dispute between two stepsisters which hinged on which of their parents by ruling that the younger parent legally outlived the older.
Court Ruling Increases Calls for No-Fault Divorce
The Supreme Court has ruled that ruled in Owens v Owens that a 68-year-old wife seeking a divorce, must stay married to her husband for the time being, despite judges stating that this generates ‘uneasy feelings’ amongst the bench.
The Property Information Form Explained
If you have sold residential property within the last 15 years, you will be familiar with completing the Law Society Property Information Form. This form is now used in every transaction involving the sale of residential property and can often cause headaches for sellers who are unfamiliar with them.
The First Digital Mortgage Settlement Take Place
A new Digital Escrow service could change the way that mortgage money is dealt with in the conveyancing process.
Break Clauses in Commercial Leases- Beware of the Registration Gap
Recent case law has shown the importance of ensuring registration of an assignment of a commercial lease and the impact failing to register has on break clauses.
The Importance of Energy Performance Certificates in Commercial Property
Although Energy Performance Certificates have been a requirement for some time, the importance of an adequate rating in commercial property has never been more crucial.
Conveyancing Body Calls For More Upfront Information To Be Provided
The Conveyancing Association has called for the government to require sellers to provide vital information prior to their property being viewed in order to improve the homebuying and selling process.
Local Authority Searches Changes Planned
The Land Registry has put forward proposals to reform Local Authority searches, as part of its attempt to create a centralised digital database of Land Charges.
Video Court Hearings Set To Be Trialled
Plans proposed by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) would mean that hearings could take place without attending Court. HMCTS have pledged to pilot court hearings through video.
Land Transaction Tax Looming
In October 2017, it was announced that Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was being replaced in Wales, with a new Land Transaction Tax.
As this new tax is due to be implemented in April 2018, it is worth revisiting what the tax will mean for purchasers in Wales.