Environmental searches, introduced in the 1990s, help potential homeowners identify possible problems before money and contracts are exchanged. Use of the land hundreds of years ago can have a huge impact today. Unfortunately no one realises this more than the residents of Fontmell Close in St Albans. On 1 October, residents of the suburban street had to evacuate their homes when a massive sinkhole measuring 66ft wide and 33ft deep
Having a will isn’t just a case of a tick box exercise. A good will is a document which will protect you and your family’s investments. Michael Labrum, of Labrum’s Solicitors, said: “I saw a client who wanted me to look at the will that had been drawn up for him and his wife before they signed it. “He had been to a will writing company because he thought they would be better and cheaper.
If someone leaves everything to someone they have just met is it because they have lost mental capacity, or are they just in love? At what point should you consider whether you are incapable of making your own decisions? This is a very delicate matter with lots of grey areas. There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf. It could just be temporary. For example,
Labrums, solicitors in St Albans, is delighted to announce that it has won TWO gold awards in the inaugural Herts Digital Awards 2015. The law firm was the only company out of the finalists to receive two gold awards - despite being in the same room as a number of companies specialising in digital media. The event, held at the Holiday Inn in Stevenage, saw finalists go head to head in 14 categories. Labrums, based just outside of St Albans centre, was
An icebreaker breakfast, ahead of tonight’s Herts Digital Awards, has been hailed a success by its hosts. Labrums Solicitors organised the networking breakfast at the impressive Knebworth House barns for fellow finalists and local businesses to meet ahead of this evening’s awards at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage . Labrums are finalists in four categories of the awards - including ‘responsive website’,
Labrums are hosting a free breakfast ice breaker event for fellow finalists of the Herts Digital Awards and local businessmen and women. The event, on Thursday 24 September - the morning of the awards - will begin at 8.00am at Knebworth Barns Conference Centre in Knebworth and will conclude at approximately 9.30am. The delicious breakfast buffet is complimentary for ticket holders. The morning meeting is an opportunity for finalists
Have you heard of Air BnB? It’s a site for people to list, discover and book unique accommodation around the world - whether it’s a flat for the night, a castle for the week or villa for a month. However, for landlords putting their property on the website it comes with hidden dangers, says Michael Labrum, senior partner at Labrums Solicitors. In legal terms, this action is called subletting. Subletting (or subleasing)
The clichéd impression of a law firm office, stacked to the ceiling with manilla files and an overflowing intray, couldn’t be further from the truth for one St Alban’s law firm. Labrums solicitors, which celebrates 25 years in business this year, has run a paperless office for the last four years. The company was one of the first businesses - let alone legal firms - to make the change from clutter to cloud.
How do I make a will and why should I use a solicitor? First, you must list what you have in your estate, then you can decide how your estate is to be shared between beneficiaries (who gets what). You also need to think about: What happens if any of your beneficiaries die before you do Who will look after your children (if you have any) Who should carry out the wishes contained in your will (your executor) Any other wishes you
An innovative paperless law firm in St Albans is celebrating 25 years of business. Labrums Solicitors, based at New Barnes Mill in Cottonmill Lane was established by Michael Labrum in 1990. Michael, who is not afraid to think outside the box, is a trailblazer in the profession. He and his team have run a paperless office for the past four years, and the firm is currently finalist in four digital award categories of the Hertfordshire
Ladies, put your hands up if you’ve had to consider what to wear for the office based on the temperature of the workplace? And men, how many of you are sick of women complaining that it’s too cold when you’re desperate to open a window? This is one of the age old battles of the sexes. But have you ever considered that it may be creating a divide between the males and females in your office? An underlying, unaddressed
Recently engaged? Congratulations! What an exciting time for your both. This is a wonderful time and no doubt you've already been googling venues, wedding dresses and colour schemes. When you’re as head-over-heels in love as you are right now, the last thing you want to discuss with your future Mr or Mrs is what will happen if your upcoming marriage fails. But, with 118,140 divorces in 2012 it's not a case of being unromantic,
Labrums Solicitors has been shortlisted as finalists in four categories in the inaugural Hertfordshire Digital Awards. Judges for the award, which will be held on 24th September 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Stevenage, shortlisted the St Alban's legal firm in four categories - more than any other entrant. Teresa Crowley, Practice Manager said: “We are delighted that the judges have recognised the effort we have put into keeping
There's nothing more certain in life than death. Hopefully everyone reading this will live long, happy and healthy lives. But what about when your time comes? Have you put your affairs in order? Have you provided for your family? Have you made arrangements to ease the burden on your loved ones? So what should you put in a will and what will happen if you don't have one? Michael Labrum, founder of Labrums Solicitors, said
Staff from Labrum's Solicitors joined the 'pink army' on Sunday when they took part in the St Alban's Race For Life. The team of three, including Teresa Crowley, Katie Chaplin and Michelle Devine-Steel, pulled on their trainers and as much pink clothing as they could manage for the event, in support of Cancer Research UK. The 'Labrum Ladies' completed the event at Verulamium Park in St Albans and raised a fantastic
So, you've found your dream job. You look the part. You've done lots of interview preparation and dazzled the panel with your personality and business acumen. So why didn't you get the job? Have you ever thought that your boozy Facebook pictures and tweets criticising your current boss may have had a part to play? In this new digital era, employers have so many more resources available to them when trying to find a new recruit.
When we share little-known laws on Twitter for #WeirdLawWednesday, they always get a good response so we thought we'd put some new ones together in a blog for you. Do you know any others? Tweet us @LabrumsStAlbans, we'd love to hear from you!
Financial issues are one of the most common reasons for family arguments and when stress and emotional levels are high after the death of a loved one the last thing that is needed is a dispute about money. Despite this, 59% of Britons still do not have a will, according to new research published by Macmillan Cancer Support. The cancer charity found that around a million Britons have experienced a family argument over money after a relative
According to an Ofcom study from April 2014, 66% of adults state that they currently have at least one active social media profile, with services such as Facebook, Twitter and others proving useful for staying in touch with friends and family, playing games and more. However, studies have also been conducted that suggest there is a darker side to these social media services, with a number of sources linking sites such as Facebook with marital
This is an opportunity for a Residential/Commercial Property Solicitor to come and work in our spacious offices at St Albans. The role would suit you if you are 0-3 years PQE, have excellent IT skills and want to join an innovative, growing, CQS accredited firm. Also, if you would like to: Give clients excellent service Ensure clients are offered solutions and have peace of mind Work with a firm that is embracing technology