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…


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…


Holographic Wills

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…


Buying a second home

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…


#lsnewhome

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…


testamentary capacity

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…


property fraud

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…


language

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…


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…


statutory demands commercial landlords

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…