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Have you Made a Will?

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Making a  Will  is something that many people think about, but never get around to doing. You might feel that making a Will is only for the elderly, but the reality is that nobody can predict what life will bring. If you want to ensure that your...

Your Business and Divorce

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If one party to a  divorce  owns a business it is important for both spouses to know how the value of the business will be viewed by the court and what the options are for dealing with this asset. Liz Graham, Head of the Family Law department,...

Sophie Attfield

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Many of you will know already about the death of our colleague and friend, Sophie Attfield.  Sophie passed away on Sunday 27th September after a long illness.   Sophie joined the Firm on 1 October 2005 as a specialist employment solicitor,...

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

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Since 1st October 2008, landlords have been legally required to provide copies of an Energy Performance Certificate to potential tenants. An EPC tells a landlord and prospective tenants how energy efficient a rental property is on a scale of A-G, with A...

Family Law Solicitor gains Accreditation

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Sofia Lagergren, who is a member of the  Family Law team  at  Chattertons Solicitors , has become a member of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme. Applicants have to be qualified for 5 years and are expected to have carried out...

Assured Shorthold Tenancies - Important Changes

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From 1st October 2015, residential tenants must be given additional information. Landlords who fail to comply could face serious sanctions. The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 were laid before...

Solicitor Alice Morgan joins the Wills, Trusts and Probate Team at Chattertons

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Alice qualified and practiced in Scotland before converting into English law in 2012, where after she moved to Lincoln.  Alice has recently joined Chattertons and is based at our Lincoln office on West Parade. She deals with all aspects of Private...

F1 fever raisers money for Charity

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A unique F1 Experience Evening and Charity Auction raised £7,275.00 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice on Friday. The event was held at the Dower House Hotel in Woodhall Spa and was organised by Chattertons Solicitors. The evening started with a...

Chattertons F1 Night Raisers £7,275.00 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

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We are pleased to announce that we have raised £7,275.00 for our 'Charity of the Year' St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. Our thanks go to auctioneer Colin Young from Golding Young & Mawer, Melvyn Prior, Stuart Wilde Photography and everyone...

Spend a night in Jenson Buttons ex motorhome - bidding is now open

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    Bidding is open – spend a night in this amazing luxury motorhome which once belonged to Jenson Button.  The motorhome will be taken to Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire, where, as part of your package you will...

Bidding now open for these fantastic F1 Charity auction prizes - to raise money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

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To bid for any of these fantastic prizes  click here Framed polo shirt signed by reigning F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton A signed Jenson Button limited edition helmet (no 15 out of 100) with showcase VIP Tour of Red Bull Racing facilities for...

Solicitor Dan Fellows joins our Wills, Trusts and Probate Team at Grantham

Dan Fellows
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After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Dan practised at a firm in Nottingham for 6 years before joining the Wills, Trusts and Probate team at Chattertons in 2015. He specialises in estate administration, inheritance tax planning, advice for the elderly,...

Nick Robertshaw joins the Family Team

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Nick qualified as a solicitor in 2008. He deals with a wide range of Family matters including divorce and financial disputes, pre-nuptial agreements, Schedule 1 applications, child custody disputes as well as advising cohabitees on relationship breakdown and...

Divorce - Financial order claims double

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The number of people seeking financial orders to obtain more money from their ex-spouses after divorce has more than doubled in a year. Records reveal that the number of claims rose from 14,690 in 2013 to 29,060 in 2014. The high profile case of Wyatt v...

Holiday pay

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Over the past 6 months there have been a number of significant developments, giving certain employees increased rights to holiday pay. On 4 November 2014 the  Employment Appeal Tribunal  (EAT) made a landmark decision in  Bear Scotland Ltd...

The patients right to information

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A mother was recently awarded damages on behalf of her son, where doctors failed to warn her about the risk of her baby being injured if she had a natural birth. The mother, who was of small stature and suffered from diabetes, was assessed as having a...

Attorneys - know your limits

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The recent case of  R v TJC [2015]  is a stark reminder that attorneys who fail to maintain records of how funds have been spent risk criminal prosecution. In this case, an attorney had been appointed under a  Lasting Power of Attorney...

Unique F1 Experience Evening - Friday 11th September - experience the true ferocity of the Lamborghini type 102

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This will be a truly unique event to raise money for our Charity of the Year, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.    This black tie event will start at 7pm with a champagne and canapés reception along with live music. During this time...

Inheritance Tax - Main Residence Nil Rate Band

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“Promise made – promise delivered” was how George Osborne summed up the new inheritance tax (IHT) main residence nil rate band (MRNRB) in his July 2015 Budget speech. The press reported that up to £1m could now be left free of IHT to...

F1 speaker announced for Unique F1 Experience Evening and Charity Auction, Marc Priestley - Friday 11th September

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We are pleased to announce that our main speaker at this unique F1 Experience evening will be  Marc Priestley .  Marc worked as an F1 race mechanic and was a member of the pitstop crew for McLaren Racing for almost a decade.  He has worked...

Small Claims under £10,000 - do I need legal advice?

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Any type of litigation can be complicated and stressful. So are Small Claims really that simple that anybody can deal with them? It is a common misconception that there is a separate ‘Small Claims Court’. In fact, Small Claims are handled by...

Meet the Personal Injury Team

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Whether you’ve had a  car accident , an  accident at work  or suffered personal injury in any other way, we’re here to help. Paul Smith is Head of the Personal Injury Team and along with other members of the team is a...

What rights do cohabitees have?

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Despite a relationship lasting over 30 years, the Court of Appeal has decided that - in the absence of any clear intention to share property ownership - a cohabitee was not entitled to anything. In  Curran v Collins , Mr Collins and Ms Curran...

New Partner joins Chattertons and returns to her Boston roots

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Chattertons have appointed a new partner who is returning to her roots in the area. Boston raised Desley Sherwin has joined Chattertons in their Dispute Resolution and Employment departments. Desley has family...

Family team expands at Chattertons

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The Chattertons Stamford office has recently welcomed a new solicitor to their Family Law department. Nick Robertshaw, who qualified in 2008, will be dealing with a wide range of Family matters at Chattertons Solicitors; including...

Get to know experienced Family Law specialist, Jo Chidlow

Jo Chidlow
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Jo Chidlow qualified as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2003 before joining Chattertons Solicitors the following year to pursue a career in FamilyLaw.  Working in Sleaford, Jo deals with a full range of family...

Think that equality discrimination only applies to employers? Think again...

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Are you aware that the Equality Act affects you if you sell goods or deliver services to the public? Your company should offer fair prices and services to all of its customers. A service provider is prohibited from discriminating against a person with a...

Owed money? We can help you receive payment

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Are you or your business struggling to receive payment of debts owed to you? Does someone owe you money who you are no longer able to trace? Our  Debt Recovery Department  aim to take the stress out of bad debt. We can collect debts in the UK and...

Are your social media policies up to date?

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Does your business have an up to date email and social media policy? Have you been relying on the same policy for many years? As social media use is on the rise and thousands of emails are exchanged everyday, it may be time to ensure your policy is modern...

International Day of Families - 15th May 2015

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Friday 15th May 2015 will mark the International Day of Families which was inaugurated in 1993 by the UN to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families....

Slips, trips and falls - do you know your duty of care?

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Do you own or occupy premises? Are you aware of your duty of care to all visitors whether they are lawful or trespassers? If someone is injured, you could face a claim for compensation. The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 applies to owners and occupiers of...

Rented property: act now to comply with new energy efficiency laws

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Do you rent out residential or commercial property? Are you aware of the new energy efficiency rules being introduced from April 2018? Failing to comply with the new laws could affect your property’s value and marketability. Energy Performance...

Positive changes for Chattertons

Liz Graham
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The  Chattertons Grantham  office has recently welcomed a  Family Law  Solicitor to their team.  Liz Graham , who has been with Chattertons Solicitors since 2010, is a partner at the firm and Head of the Family Department. Liz has...

2015 Pension Changes - The most radical pension changes for almost a century

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The most radical pension changes in almost a century were introduced on 6th April 2015. Pension Freedom Most  pension  investors aged at least 55 now have total freedom over how they take an income or lump sum from their pension. They...

End of Year Reporting - Benefits and Expenses

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Do you own a business? Have you paid your employees or directors any benefits or expenses in the past year? If so, you may need to consider whether you have any reporting obligations as the current tax year draws to an end. Taxable expenses and benefits...

BUDGET 2015 Key announcements for businesses, individuals and trustees

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We have reviewed the detailed Budget information and have put together a snapshot of the measures that we believe will have most impact and relevance to our clients. It has been indicated that further legislation applying to a variety of taxes will be...

Landlord portal launched to tackle tenants water debts

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Are you a Landlord of a rented property? Have your tenants left without settling outstanding water debts? It is the responsibility of a tenant to settle any outstanding water bills before leaving rented accommodation however customers are not obliged to...

Reducing income tax - the transferable personal tax allowance

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From 6th April 2015 married couples and  civil partners  will be able to transfer up to £1,060 of their personal tax allowance to their spouse or civil partner, thus reducing the tax bill for the recipient by £212. To be...

Is your Will tax efficient?

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With rising property prices, far more people are feeling the burden of  Inheritance Tax  (“IHT”). IHT is charged on the value of your estate exceeding the nil-rate band (“NRB”). The NRB has been frozen at £325,000...

Debts - Is your head in the sand?

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Are you or your business owed any debts? Do you have debts you are struggling to pay? With an ever-changing economy, the problem of debt is never far away. There has been a recent focus on how  debts  are affecting both businesses and individuals....

Surveys show true condition for home buyers

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Homeowners who don’t get a survey are left with an average of £5,750 in repair bills, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Nearly a third of homebuyers fail to commission a survey and a fifth end up with homes they...

Recently married or divorced - Is your Will still legal?

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Many people don’t realise that the act of marriage causes any existing  Will  of the husband and wife to be automatically revoked. They should therefore consider as soon as possible after the marriage (or preferably before) whether they need...

Charity Christmas Jumper Day 2014

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This year we are raising money for the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes by having a Christmas Jumper Day! Take a look at some of the brilliant pictures from across the firm…             ...

Mishandled Estate Claims up by 300%

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According to figures released by the High Court, claims for mishandling estates have more than tripled over the past year. The claims range from the theft of assets by executors to fraudulent distribution of assets to favour certain beneficiaries over others...

Autumn Statement 2014 - The big push for votes

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Economic Stats     Govt Deficit (% of GDP) Govt. Deficit (£ billion) Welfare Cap (£ billion) 2014-15 3.0% 2.7% 91.3   2015-16 2.4% 2.2% 75.9 119.7 2016-17 2.2% 0.5% 14.5 122.3 2017-18 ...

Chancellors Autumn Budget Statement

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The Autumn Statement is due today at around 12:00 after Prime Minister’s questions and you can follow our live Twitter feed  @ChattertonsLaw  from 11.00 onwards. The main thrust of Mr. Osbourne’s rhetoric has been shared with the...

Landlord Investor Evening - Bentley Hotel, Lincoln - Thursday 29th January 2015

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If you are an experienced  Landlord , considering an  investment  property, or wishing to find out more about residential letting this is a date for your diary. Chattertons McKinnells & Mundys Estate Agents jointly host this FREE event...

Chattertons welcome a new Commercial and Agriculture Solicitor

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Local law firm, Chattertons, are pleased to welcome a new solicitor to their  Commercial  and  Agricultural  Property department in Horncastle. Matthew Worley, who recently completed his training contract, grew up in Lincolnshire and...

Join us at our Charity Quiz Night in Grantham

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Chattertons Solicitors invite you to our fun-filled charity quiz night to raise money for the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. The evening will not only help the hospice continue with their inspiring work but allow you to socialise, relax and most...

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