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RNLI Legacy Lifeboat

Donna Eland
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As solicitors specialising in the preparation of wills Rowlinsons are regularly approached by local and national charities asking us to remind our clients to leave a charitable gift in their wills. Indeed, we always ask clients when making or reviewing their...

1000 Mediation Vouchers worth £500 each still available

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The Government announced earlier this year a time-limited voucher scheme to help encourage more families to resolve disputes regarding children via mediation and to avoid court proceedings. The scheme was set up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the...

Land's End to John O'Groats...and back again!

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During the month of May Rowlinsons staff will be clocking up the miles in the real world towards a collective virtual challenge – to get from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again! We have set the target of achieving 1,748 miles...

Congratulations to Alicia!

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We'd like to congratulate Alicia Sheath on qualifying as a Conveyancing Technician!  Alicia has been studying the Council For Licensed Conveyancers course whilst working at Rowlinsons, with a view to completing the course and qualifying as...

£500 Government Contribution To Family Mediation

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The government has announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve...

Firm Raises Over £300

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The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on the firm's ability to support our charity of the year, Chapter Mental Health and as such we have extended our partnership with them into 2021. Earlier this year we raised over £300 selling these...

Congratulations to Sophie!

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The team at Rowlinsons would like to congratulate Sophie Ost on qualifying as a Solicitor from March 5 th 2021. Sophie joined Rowlinsons in September 2016 as a Legal Assistant and started her training contract with the firm in January 2019. Since then she...

Can I still move home during Lockdown 3?

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Unlike the first national Lockdown people are still allowed to move home during Lockdown 3 and moving related services can still take place. According to the official guidance: You can still move home. People outside your household or  support bubble...

Deadline Day Looms for Help to Buy Reservations

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Whilst much of the property market has recently been focused on the Stamp Duty holiday, the 31 st March 2021 also sees the end of the current Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme as we know it. Perhaps more importantly the final date for new home buyers to make...

Rowlinsons Awarded Lexcel Quality Mark Once Again

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We’re delighted to announce that Rowlinsons has again been successful in retaining the Law Society’s Lexcel Practice Management Standard. Following a rigorous process the Lexcel assessor commended the firm on having 14 areas of good practice and...

SDLT Holiday: Where do we go from here?

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Tom Parkinson, Director and Head of Property at Rowlinsons Solicitors gives us his thoughts on the Stamp Duty holiday. One thing that is for certain is that the SDLT holiday has vastly increased the number of residential property matters that we are...

Can I still move house during Lockdown 2?

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As far as we currently understand the answer is yes, though we will of course continue to monitor the situation. Our conveyancing department will continue to progress existing matters and if you require a quote for a new move please call 0800 047 8182 or ...

Tom Hits the Ground Running

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Tom Bond, who is a Legal Assistant in the Rowlinsons residential property department, has signed up to run his first ever half marathon to raise funds for the firm’s charity of the year Chapter Mental Health. He is now training hard in preparation for...

Is there any point having a Will?

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Making a Will is something that many of us might defer until we are much older, or never even get around to, especially if we feel like our dying wishes may still be challenged by any aggrieved family members. Yet whilst it is entirely possible for a...

The deliberate deprivation of assets

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Paying for care home costs can be a real concern as we get older and become more incapacitated, especially where we would like our children to inherit or benefit from the sale of the family home after we are gone. So naturally, many of us look to ways in...

Who gets the dog on divorce?

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When facing divorce, one of the most acrimonious issues for couples can be the division of assets moving forward, especially when it comes to any beloved pet. In fact, battles over pets are becoming increasingly common. Below we look at the rules relating...

Thinking of moving? Find out how to take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday

Tom Parkinson
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On 8 th July the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, temporarily reduced the rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SLDT) that is paid on the purchases of residential property in England and Northern Ireland until 31 st March 2021. As a result, purchasers of main homes will...

Cheshire Property Market Back with a Bang

Tom Parkinson
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Rowlinsons Solicitors has seen a dramatic increase in the number of new residential property instructions received over the last four weeks since lockdown restrictions were eased. When comparing April to the latest 4-week period, the firm experienced an...

Finding Assets During Probate

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A key part of the process when dealing with probate and estate administration is identifying and valuing the assets that belonged to the deceased before they can then be distributed to the beneficiaries. Depending on the complexity of the person’s...

Executors Warned Not to Hold Off on Probate

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Rowlinsons Solicitors have warned that executors and beneficiaries could be facing a lengthy wait if they hold off applying for Grant of Probate. Last year grieving families faced delays of three months to due to software problems at HM Courts and Tribunals...

How can I access my finances whilst isolating?

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Aside from illness, social distancing and self-isolation can make it more difficult to manage your affairs. Although friends and family can help, there are some situations in which they are unable to help without a power of attorney. Typically these...

Rowlinsons offer App to home movers as property market reopens for business

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The property market is officially back in business from today following the Government’s announcement last night that Estate Agents can reopen, removal companies can go back to work and surveyors can undertake physical valuations if required. Since...

Setting Up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) during Covid-19

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Due to the speed at which the coronavirus can cause serious illness people are looking to put arrangements in place now, as the illness could affect your ability to make decisions within a matter of days. An LPA is designed to make life easier for family and...

Financial settlement during the Coronavirus pandemic

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We are currently living in very uncertain times, with the Coronavirus pandemic having wide reaching implications for many people. There is a good deal of financial uncertainty at the moment, with many people being furloughed from work which is impacting on...

How can you sign your will when you are in social isolation?

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The law requires that your will is signed in the presence of two witnesses, who should not be family members, beneficiaries under your will or the spouses or civil partners of beneficiaries. So, when the time comes to sign your will how can you do this if...

Settlement Agreements - Remote Advice Available

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Settlement Agreements are a legally binding way to bring to an end an employment relationship and/or to resolve a dispute in the workplace. The aim in using a settlement agreement is to try to avoid both parties ending up in an Employment Tribunal, which can...

Can I still make a Will during the Coronavirus lockdown?

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Often it takes a significant life event such as getting married or the birth of a child to put things into perspective and trigger us to make or update our wills. With the spread of Covid-19 we are living in unprecedented times and are naturally all worried...

Commercial Property and the Coronavirus

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The Government announced on Monday that Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of the coronavirus will be protected from eviction if they miss payments in the next three months. No right of re-entry or forfeiture for non-payment of rent...

Employment Law Advice: COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme

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The government has announced it will reimburse employers with 80% of wage costs for “furloughed workers”, capped at £2500 per month. Though we await full details and further clarification is needed, here are some points to consider from an...

Family Department Offers Free Telephone Appointments

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Rowlinsons Solicitors have extended their free initial family law meetings to telephone consultations in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The firm has always offered a free face to face appointment, but given the current situation clients now have the...

Free Helpline and Home Working Policy For Employers

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To help businesses during this challenging time, Rowlinsons would like to offer a free Homeworking Policy for any employer who does not have one in place.   This is in light of some employees possibly having to work from home, as a precautionary...

Rowlinsons Big 40

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2020 sees the 40th anniversary of Rowlinsons Solicitors opening. In honour of this milestone, this year's charity challenge is the biggest yet! A team from Rowlinsons solicitors will attempt the ‘Rowlinsons Big 40’, a 40 mile walk around a...

Free Wills for Anyone Over 18

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Rowlinsons Solicitors are now able to offer completely free basic Wills to anyone over the age of 18 thanks to Cancer Research UK. The firm have been members of the Cancer Research UK Free Wills scheme for three years and received a Gold Certificate in 2018...

Where there's a Will there's a way

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The recent story of Barrie Greaves highlighted some interesting points in relation to drafting wills. Mr Greaves, who recently passed away aged 83, had made provision within his will for a gift of £100 to be made to the players of Norwich City...

Should I extend my lease or purchase the freehold of my home now?

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Introduction On the 9 January 2020 the Law Commission published the ‘Report on Options to Reduce the Price Payable’. The report focuses on leasehold enfranchisement; the process by which a Leaseholder exercises their statutory right to...

Rowlinsons Launch Conveyancing Mobile App

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Award winning solicitors Rowlinsons has become one of the first law firms to launch a bespoke mobile conveyancing app for property buyers and sellers in England and Wales. The app, which has been specifically designed for their clients, allows users to...

Rowlinsons Sponsors Castle Park Live

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Rowlinsons Solicitors are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the first Castle Park Live event in Frodsham on 20 th June. The family event will include live music tribute bands featuring Queen, Take That and Coldplay plus workshops such as circus...

Statutory Legacy for Spouses and Civil Partners raised to £270,000

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Statutory Legacy for Spouses and Civil Partners raised to £270,000 The Lord Chancellor has increased the amount of the statutory legacy payable when a person dies without a Will leaving behind a spouse or civil partner and children. The statutory...

Chapter Selected as Charity of the Year

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Rowlinsons Solicitors are delighted to announce our new charity of the year for 2020 is Chapter. Chapter is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness. They assist people across the West Cheshire area who need help to regain...

Family Mediation Week 2020

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The Family Mediation Council has published the results of its 2019 Family Mediation Survey to coincide with Family Mediation Week, taking place from 20th-24th January 2020. Professional family mediators act as neutral third parties to help ex-partners have...

Prenuptial Agreements - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is  pre-nuptial Agreement? We take a look at some common questions about pre- and post-nuptial agreements, in our latest series of blogs from Linda Hunter, head of Family Law. Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?/ Should I have a pre-nuptial...

Firm Raises nearly £5000 for Haemochromatosis UK

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                As of the start of December Rowlinsons have raised a massive £4760 for their charity of the year Haemochromatosis UK. The firm hopes that a final push in donations from a dress down day...

What is spousal maintenance?

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The courts are frequently tasked with the difficult question of whether maintenance should be paid to a former spouse or civil partner following divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership and, if so, how much and for how long. Following a divorce or...

Aren't all family solicitors the same?

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There are lots of different family solicitors and most will have the same general qualifications and experience – being a practising solicitor for example, or having some knowledge of family law. However, not all family solicitors are the same, and it...

Do I need a financial Court Order when getting divorced?

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A financial Court Order is a type of Order that can be made when two people get divorced, or dissolve their civil partnership. It sets out the financial provisions for each party in the divorce or dissolution proceedings. Decree Absolute is the Order which...

How much does it cost to get divorced?

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The cost to get divorced, or obtain a dissolution of a civil partnership, in England and Wales can vary depending on whether you obtain legal advice or not, and whether the proceedings are defended or “uncontested”. To issue a petition of...

Christmas Newsletter 2019

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The Directors and all of the team at Rowlinsons would like to take the opportunity to wish our clients and contacts a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.   Our December newsletter is now out and you can download your copy here ...

Firm Retains Lexcel Accreditation

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We are delighted to announce that we have once again retained our Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel is the Law Society’s Practice Management standard and the firm must pass a rigorous audit which covers all areas of the practice management structure;...

Free Seminar: Boost your pension pot using commercial property

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We are delighted to invite you to an exclusive evening event at a great venue in conjunction with Oakmere Wealth Management Ltd. This will provide an opportunity to find out more about the advantages of investing in commercial property via Self-Invested...

Has registering a marriage just become more difficult?

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The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act 2019 came into force on 26 th May 2019. One of the key features of the Act was to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. However, there is one part of the Act which seems to be...