With more than four million homes in England being leasehold, it is vital that you fully understand the terms of any lease and the fees you may have to pay, if you are contemplating buying or selling a leasehold property. Although the government is considering reforms in this area, for the moment leasehold transactions are often complex and burdensome, and must be handled with care. Our experienced property team can help you to

You need to make sure it is recognised in England & Wales. Nowadays getting married abroad is much more common. The romance, excitement and intimacy are only a few of the reasons! It is very easy to get lost in the excitement and the wedding preparations, and then overlook the necessity to check that all formalities are complied with. Each country has its own set of laws and procedural regulations that must be complied

Malcom Young has recently recovered approximately £200,000 following a change in spanish law. He has recovered money he thought he’d lost forever following the 2008 property crash in Spain.   Labrums has already acted for many clients who have successfully recovered the deposits they paid, many with interest. Call our Spanish Solicitor, Susana Diez on 01727 858807 today to see if you can make a valid claim

If you were one of the many people who hoped to buy a property in Spain about 10 years ago, then had your hopes dashed by the crash in the spanish property market and subsequently lost money – we can help you. Most people thought they had no chance of seeing their money again, but a ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court in December 2015 changed that. Banks in Spain are now liable to refund money which was paid and lost by home buyers

Did you know that Picasso painted "The Blue Nude" during a period of acute depression, following the death of a close friend? He later commented that his melancholy fed into this painting. We not only have an office in Picasso's homeland, but also a British based Abogado, Susana Díez Urquiola, as part of our international team. She says : I am happy to help with any Spanish legal problems, or issues

For many years there have been discussions about the need to update divorce law. Divorce is not easy, even if it is amicable. It is usually a time of worry, conflict and stress. It often includes financial pressure and deep worries about the children. Right now the Divorce law in England and Wales states the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and that one of the following five facts are met:

In a survey, solicitors have been backed by the public as the best option to ensure that wishes written into wills are met. In the survey by Will Aid, a partnership between the legal profession and top charities, 62% of respondents said they prefer to use a solicitor to manage their will. The research also revealed that the public were generally unaware of the rules and regulations governing will-writers and that will-writers can practise without proper training, regulation or insurance.

The rules of intestacy apply! Which means: If you have no children, your spouse (husband/wife/civil partner) will inherit the entire estate. However, if you have children your spouse will only inherit the first £250,000 (plus all personal belongings). The rest will be split 50/50 between your spouse and any children – If a child has died before you leaving you with grandchildren that child’s share will go to the grandchildren

When conducting negotiations with another party's solicitor, there is no point in being dogmatic, or trapping him or her in a metaphorical corner. A client will not appreciate a negotiating stalemate. Ego can also be a problem in negotiations -it can often cloud judgment, or raise expectations prematurely, or set one up for an almighty fall! In the context of complex contracts, options or commercial leases, it is often best to agree heads

Flooding is becoming an increasing problem and needs to be considered when buying or leasing a property. Things to think about: Flooding can cause "contaminants" to migrate from one property to another If you own property next to a river, then at law you are obliged to accept flood flows from elsewhere. You are also obliged to keep the banks clear from obstructions if they cause increased flood risk Insurers may

You are at your first auction, you get swept up with all the excitement, and make your bid. You have been successful. What can go wrong? The answer is plenty. Some of the legal problems that you may encounter include: Leases not registered at the Land Registry, so they are void which damages investment values Recent covenants blocking development Undisclosed legal proceedings to forfeit the main lease of the building Vat payable,

This year marks the 7th annual campaign by Remember a Charity with this year`s theme being “Pass on Something Legendary”.  The campaign follows on from last year`s very successful “Extreme Will Writing Campaign”, which featured a number of volunteers including our own Iain Wanstall  (while at his previous firm,) writing new Wills to leave legacies to charities – while sky diving!  Watch the

Following Woolway v Mazars, the Supreme Court ruled that where a tenant in a building in multiple occupation occupied two floors that were not adjoining/contiguous, each floor was a separate unit of property for rating purposes. Had the two floors been treated as one, the occupier might have saved some money. Sometimes, the rate able value of one merged unit can be less than the total value of the two (or more) individual units.  

We have an opportunity for a young person to join us as an Apprentice and are working with Oaklands College to provide an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration level 2. To find out moreclick here. We are also about to post an Ad for someone to join us to manage our Client Services Team (CST), so if you have excellent attention to detail, customer service and supervisory experience, contact us today. Last but

As a client the top ten things you will benefit from are below. You will get: A cost effective service A speedier response Quicker access to your Solicitor & the Client Services Team Access that is not be restricted to “9-5” Electronic communication Electronic documentation Secure communications & faster turnaround times than paper post The ability to scan and email documents back to us An uncluttered, clear desk environment if

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these national awards as we have already won regional awards for our Blogs, Responsive Website and Online Innovation. The Law Society have said: “The names of the brightest and best from the solicitor profession have been unveiled by the Law Society of England and Wales in their 10th annual Excellence Awards shortlist. The awards are a recognition of the commitment, enthusiasm and

Given interacting on-line is an increasingly important part of our daily lives, there is a growing risk of your property being fraudulently sold or mortgaged by criminals. There are two things you can do to help protect your property from being stolen from you or used as security if your property is already registered with the Land Registry: Track changes to the register You can sign up with the Land Registry to

We couldn’t be prouder of the Labrums Ladies after another fantastic performance in this year’s St Albans Race for Life.The team, made up of Teresa, Michelle, Charlotte, Katie, and Mia, raised nearly £370 for Cancer Research UK. Special congratulations must go to Katie, who finished 2nd in the 5k race - a fantastic achievement. It was also Teresa's 14th time participating in the Race for Life and it certainly

At Labrums, we know how stressful it can be to buy or sell a house. That's why we make it our mission to be as approachable and as helpful to our clients as possible. Take a look at our video below to find out how our Residential Conveyancer, Collette, goes the extra mile for our clients.  If you would like any help or advice then call us on 01727 858807 and we’ll do everything we can to make sure

The latest property sales figures show that Murcia is one of the leading regions in Spain in terms of growth. Read more in the excerpt from Murcia Today below. If you have any questions about Spanish Property, contact Michael or Susana on 01727 858807 or email