Beneficial Joint Tenants and Tenants in Common



When purchasing a property jointly with another person, you will need to consider how you wish to legally hold the property together. You can either hold the property as Beneficial Joint Tenants or as Tenants in Common. Knowing the difference between the two is crucial, as each of these options has different consequences going forward. What are…

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Changes to Fixed Fees in Clinical Negligence



The government has proposed a new scheme to the changes of fixed fees in Clinical Negligence to allow claimants and defendants to achieve faster resolutions in lower value clinical negligence claims. This is for claims valued up to and including £25,000. This would only limit the amount of legal costs which can be recovered by the claimant’s…

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Adopted and Unadopted Roads – Highways



When you purchase a property, there are a number of searches that your solicitor carries out. Adopted and unadopted roads are one of these searches. The Local Authority search will indicate whether the road that fronts your property is adopted by the Local Authority. You should be cautious of this when you purchase your property, especially with…

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The importance of making a will



A will is a legally binding document that manages and plans distribution of your assets, such as investments, money, property and possessions, upon your death. A will can also appoint guardians for your young children so that they are cared for should you pass away before them. Essentially, a will ensures that any wishes you have regarding the…

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Increase to HM Land Registry fees



The Land Registry are increasing their application fees for first registrations and the registration of transfers, leases and mortgages of properties for the first time since 2009. There is an 11% increase for all electronic applications and a 21% increase for postal submissions. The aim is for this to help the Land Registry become digitalised…

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Payment Diversion Fraud



In our recent blog, How to protect yourself from property and payment diversion fraud, we looked at the different ways in which criminals are scamming victims out of both their property and their money. In this blog, we will focus on Payment Diversion Fraud. This is where a criminal tricks a client into transferring money to their account rather…

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Holographic Wills – Q&A



Our Wills and Probate partner, Andrew Milburn, takes part in the Holographic Wills Q&A with the Solicitor Chat on Twitter. | Do holographic wills need to be witnessed or notarised? All wills need to be witnessed in accordance with the Wills Act 1837. This means, with some exceptions, that you must sign your will in the presence of two…

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Buying a second home – Q&A



Shareen Ahmed, a trainee solicitor in our Conveyancing department took part in the Q&A on buying a second home with the Solicitor Chat on Twitter. | How does the process of buying a second home differ to buying a main residence? The process of buying a second home is generally the same as buying your main residence home. However, there are a…

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New home social media prize draw



Have you bought a house or flat with Levi Solicitors LLP? Tag us in your new home photos on social media, and be in with the chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher in our monthly prize draw. All you need to do, is use #LSnewhome when posting your new home photo on social media, and tag us in your post on Instagram (@levi_solicitors), Facebook…

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Testamentary capacity – a case update



When making a will, the testator (the person making the will) must have testamentary capacity. If the testator does not have testamentary capacity, the will is invalid. The issue of capacity is unfortunately quite familiar to contentious probate solicitors and the court. The High Court recently looked at an interesting dispute over whether the…

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How to protect yourself from property and payment diversion fraud



The shift towards online conveyancing has unfortunately led to a rise in property and payment diversion fraud. Land Registry documents are now readily available online making it easier for fraudsters to use the documents to their advantage. This rise is seeing property owners and potential property owners out of hundreds of pounds. For example,…

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We speak your language



At Levi Solicitors LLP, understanding your needs and queries is paramount. We are proud that we can offer staff who can speak over 10 different languages. So, if you’re not comfortable speaking in English, we may be able to offer you a solicitor who can speak to you in your first language. It’s not just the western European languages we can help…

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Including pets in your will – Q&A



Our Wills and Probate partner, Andrew Milburn, answers questions on including pets in your will. | How can you include your pet in your will? A pet is a possession and can be left in your will as any other possession. You can therefore say who you want to give your pet to. You can also make financial provisions for the recipient of the pet so…

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Restrictions on serving statutory demands easing for commercial landlords



For many industries in the UK, it has been ‘business as usual’ following the easing of Covid restrictions. Of course most of the population are now happy to see their favourite establishments back open for business. However, questions remain on the minds of commercial tenants and landlords and the rental arrears that accrued during Covid-19.…

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Leaving a gift to charity in your will – Q&A



Our Wills and Probate Solicitor, Andrew Milburn, answers questions on leaving a gift to charity in your will.  | What are the benefits of leaving a gift to charity in your will? As well as benefitting your chosen charity, you can also reduce or remove inheritance tax liabilities. Gifts to charities are exempt from inheritance tax. In addition, if…

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Levi Solicitors LLP: Data breach



We value your business and respect the privacy of your information. As a result, and as a precautionary measure, we want to let you know about a data security incident that may involve your personal information (limited to your email address). On 23 September 2021, we became aware that one of our email accounts had been compromised resulting in an…

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