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Christmas drinks with local agents

T A Matthews hosted its annual Christmas drinks with local estate agents on Thursday 12th December 2019.  It was nice to see so many familiar faces and a few new ones too.

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Lawyers and how they qualify

A Lawyer is a person who works within the legal profession. At T A Matthews our lawyers will have studied for several years to attain their qualifications. Solicitor A Solicitor may have studied for a law degree covering areas of law such as land law, criminal law, contract law and the law of tort, following …

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DIY Wills blamed for a wave of Probate disputes

What can go wrong? Creating a Will without seeking informed legal advice may seem like an attractive and affordable option instead of incurring solicitor’s fees to assist with making your Will. However, this can be a risky approach, and in the long run, can lead to further unexpected legal costs if your Will has not …

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T A Matthews staff raise money for Macmillan

  T A Mathews raised £246.45 for Macmillan by selling raffle tickets, having a dress down Friday and organising a staff bake off. Many of the staff spent last Sunday baking their entry for the very competitive event. Well done to all who made the event a success and a special thank you to our …

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How close are the scammers?

Protect yourself from scammers We read in the press of scammers cheating people out of life savings and may think that it will never happen to us. West Mercia Police kindly gave T A Matthews a presentation as to how to protect ourselves from scammers. After the presentation some of the staff were asked what …

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Supplemental 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax

When is supplemental 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax payable? As a firm, we have noticed clients being caught out by the above, following incorrect advice received by them before consulting us. A married couple, or couple in a civil partnership who already own a property (main residence) and sell it to buy another property are …

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How do I use an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney and What Can I do as an Attorney appointed in an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney?

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney? An Enduring Power of Attorney can no longer be made, but those that were made before 1st October 2007 can be used but only for decisions relating to property and financial affairs. Lasting Powers of Attorney can be made in respect of Property …

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Guests of T A Matthews at the Royal Three Counties Show

Derek Backhouse and Trudie Nicholas were joined by guests of T A Matthews at the Royal Three Counties Show on Friday 14th June.

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I am a tenant in commercial premises when do I need to carry out repairs?

This will depend on the wording of your lease. A lease will usually state who is responsible for which part of the building. Failure to repair is commonly addressed at the end of the lease when the tenant is leaving.  However, this may not be the best opportunity although it is the final chance. The …

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Proposed changes to the Divorce Law

On 9th April 2019 new legislation was announced which will mean that divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other when divorcing. Under current law, if the the parties have not been separated for a period of two years or more, then in order to divorce they have to rely on conduct of …

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