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This is where you can find some useful background information on a range of legal areas covered by KWW’s specialists. Please remember, the law has a habit of changing, so always check with us for the very latest legal position.

Commercial leases: The 8 key stages

Entering into a commercial lease can be daunting for a business owner not used to the process, says our Head of Property Salv Sole. Here, Salv sets out the eight main stages you can expect to follow. 1. Negotiation and Agreement on Heads of Terms Where a property is marketed by commercial agents, they will

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How to avoid common delays in obtaining probate

Probate is a term which is loosely used to cover the administration of an estate, and it has a reputation for being a lengthy process. The administration includes a number of key stages, including obtaining the grant of probate, paying out to beneficiaries, and finalising the estate. Complications and delays can arise in each of

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The pros and cons of downsizing and how to get it right

Downsizing is, at its most simple, moving to a smaller property. People often associate downsizing with retirement, although it can appeal equally to active empty-nesters attracted looking to release some of their equity. Eve Wilson, a partner and conveyancer at KWW Solicitors in East Molesey, agrees. “Whatever your age, there are advantages and disadvantages to

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Powers of attorney, care plans and preparing for the worst

On top of the heartbreak and worry that a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can cause, there will be a raft of concerns and uncertainties about your care and financial affairs, and it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare from a legal standpoint. “There are steps you can take to ensure your

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Building regs focus on electric vehicles

Property developers need to be aware of new building regulations designed to improve the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The Building Regulations 2010 have been amended by the introduction of Part S which requires EV charging points to be installed in the following circumstances: New residential homes. Every home with onsite parking must have its own

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Capital Gains Tax leeway in divorce

The Government has announced plans to relax capital gains tax (CGT) rules in divorce settlements, giving spouses and civil partners more time to transfer assets without incurring CGT charges. If the new rules are approved, they will come into effect from 6 April 2023. As it stands, couples who are married or in a civil

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Boost your home sale chances with the eco-conscious

Eco features matter more to some home buyers than the size of the garden, according to a recent survey by Money.com. Solar panels now rank ahead of en-suite bathrooms on our property wish-list and, as energy prices rise, this trend looks set to continue. So, if you are selling your home, how do you appeal

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Who has the right to see a will?

Just because you think you are going to be a beneficiary of someone’s will, it doesn’t give you the right to see a copy of it, says Jack Haskew of KWW’s private client team The only person(s) entitled to see the will and read its contents is/are the appointed executor(s). An executor may choose to

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Divorce and money: How the process works

Divorcing couples are often scarred by disputes over financial matters. Such wrangling can add time and cost to the proceedings, says David Anstee, head of KWW’s Family Law team. Resolving financial matters by consent is a far less stressful way to go, if it’s possible, and couples can get a formal Order in place quicker

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Surrogacy – understanding the options

The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the past 10 years. Parental orders, which transfer legal parentage from the surrogate, rose from 117 in 2011 to 413 in 2020. Two-thirds of applicants are now mixed-sex couples often in their 30s or 40s. There’s a

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