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Coronavirus: Buying and selling houses is still possible in a crisis situation

02-04-2020 Written by admin Category: Residential Conveyancing

There is a lot of confusion and conflicting information about whether or not the conveyancing market is effectively ‘on pause’ during the current pandemic. In this article, we summarise the current position (as at 1 April 2020). On 26 March the Government issued advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The overriding message […]

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Should I Set Up a Trust?

02-04-2020 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

Trusts are used to manage wealth for those you would like to benefit from your estate in the future. They can also be used to protect assets so that more of your estate can be passed to the people and causes that are important to you. In this article, our Estate Planning Solicitors provide information […]

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A Guide to Converting Commercial Property to Residential

31-03-2020 Written by admin Category: Property Development

Altering a commercial property – such as offices, shops or warehouses – into residential property can be a useful strategy for savvy investors. Here, our Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Conveyancing Solicitors offer guidance on some of the essential factors you should consider. Can I convert a commercial property into residential property? The simple answer is […]

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Covid-19 Update

31-03-2020 Written by admin Category: News & Announcements

During this time of uncertainty and turmoil, with lots of companies shutting offices due to COVID-19, our work still continues. At Wilford Smith it is ‘business as usual’ and our Business Continuity Plan along with our infrastructure allows us to continue operations.

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Banker Who Deleted WhatsApp Charged in Insider Trading Investigation

24-10-2019 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

A banker under investigation for insider trading has been charged after deleting WhatsApp messages in what is the first case of its type in the UK. The case, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is the first time that the financial watchdog has charged an individual with the offence under the Financial Services & […]

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Mirror Wills – What Are They and Should I Make One?

22-10-2019 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

Making a Will is hugely important. Doing so ensures that, when you die, your wishes are followed and the money, property and other assets you hold will be passed on to the people and causes that you care about most. Mirror Wills are an option chosen by many couples – but what are they and […]

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6 Top Tips for First-Time Commercial Property Investors

24-09-2019 Written by admin Category: Residential Conveyancing

Successful commercial property investment requires considerable research and knowledge – such investments involve large sums of money, potentially significant returns and big risks. Carrying out due diligence is key to maximising your gains and minimising risk. Having a comprehensive understanding of the basics of commercial property investment will stand first-time buyers in good stead, helping […]

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Dementia – Why Making a Power of Attorney is So Important

24-09-2019 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

It is estimated that 850,000 in the UK are now living with dementia, making it the leading cause of death in England and Wales. In this article, our estate planning team discuss dementia and some of the legal steps you can take to prepare for the future and make sure you are properly looked after […]

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Small Firms Overlooked in £1.46bn Sale

06-06-2019 Written by admin Category: Commercial Conveyancing

Network Rail failed to consider the impact that the sale of thousands of commercial properties in converted railway arches would have on small business tenants, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has reported. The National Audit Office (NAO) found that tenants were offered no legal guarantees on the amount of rent they would be expected to pay to […]

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Significant Delays in Processing Grant of Probate Applications

06-06-2019 Written by admin Category: Estate Planning

Those seeking to obtain grants of probate across England and Wales are experiencing long delays, resulting in those charged with administering estates being left in limbo solicitors are reporting. These delays are being put down to the combined effects of the implementation of new software at probate registries and a spike in applications as people […]

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