Rowlinsons Blog

Avoiding a business dispute

For small and medium sized enterprises, commercial disputes can be costly. The average dispute is valued at around £18,000 and the cost to the entire small business community is £11.6 billion per year. Although situations do arise where disputes...

Law Commission consultation on wills a welcome step towards modernisation

A public consultation by the Law Commission is a welcome step towards updating our will-making laws to keep them fit for purpose in the 21st century, according to Donna Eland, Director at Rowlinsons. The Law Commission consultation paper seeks feedback from...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - the reality

When it comes to ensuring that our later years are secure and proceed according to our wishes, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) play a crucial role. However, surprisingly, very few people are taking advantage of this essential document. In fact, we’re...

Linking up life and estate planning: digital assets

As recent statistics have shown, many of us find it difficult enough to engage in estate planning whe n it comes to our physical assets. According to YouGov research, around two thirds of UK adults have not made a Will. And even for those who have, few...

Protect your property from fraud

Since 2009, HM Land Registry has prevented 254 fraudulent applications being registered, representing properties valued in excess of £117 million. There are many different kinds of Property Fraud and it is important that you understand some of the...

Protecting yourself with a Cohabitation Agreement

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of cohabiting couple families in the UK doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million last year. While married or civil partnership families remain the most popular type of family...

Dying Matters Awareness Week

8 th -14 th May 2017 is awareness week for Dying Matters, a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for the end of life. This year, Dying Matters...

Councils will have new tools to speed up the development of derelictand underused land for new homes

Councils will have new tools to speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes, the Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed. Local Authorities across the country will now have to produce and maintain up-to-date, publicly...

Government announce tougher measures to target rogue landlords in Cheshire

New rules in force from 6th April 2017 will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout rules and improve safety and affordability for renters. Announcing the measures, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell confirmed the powers will give local authorities the...

State Pension age - New reports published ahead of May review

The John Cridland report looked at the key issues that drive State Pension age changes including, but not limited to: life expectancy the challenges faced by those who rely most on the State Pension the long-term financial sustainability of the system ...
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