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Six Key Considerations When Buying or Selling a Care Home

Six Key Considerations When Buying or Selling a Care Home

Buying and selling a care home is a complex process and there are many factors to consider to ensure the transaction is successful. From a legal perspective, it is key to make sure you consider all the implications of the purchase or sale of the ca…

Buying A Shared Ownership Home: What’s Involved?

Buying A Shared Ownership Home: What’s Involved?

Buying a shared ownership home or shared equity home can be a good option for individuals struggling to get on the property ladder and buy their own home. The process involves buying a share of your house and paying rent on the remaining share, mak…

How Long Does A Divorce Take?

How Long Does A Divorce Take?

When a marriage breaks down and divorce is the result, it's an emotional time and the thought of lengthy, stressful court proceedings is daunting - although the good news is most divorces don't end up in court and the average straightforward divorce…

Local Chorlton Law Firm Starts The New Year With New Staff

Local Chorlton Law Firm Starts The New Year With New Staff

Residential conveyancing specialist Helen Taylor has been appointed as a Senior Conveyancer by local law firm HLF Berry Solicitors, looking after a range of property matters for clients in the area. In her new role Helen will be dealing with all as…

Wills: What Happens If An Executor Or Witness Dies Before You?

Wills: What Happens If An Executor Or Witness Dies Before You?

Making a Will enables you to protect loved ones long after you've died, and to do so in the way you wish this to happen, including who your executors are - so, what happens if an executor or witness dies before you? It's important to review your Wi…

What Happens If Your Property Chain Collapses?

What Happens If Your Property Chain Collapses?

Moving house is often fraught with excitement and stress, especially if you're buying a property and selling a property at the same time - so what happens if the property chain you are in collapses? By buying and selling together, you are in a chai…

What Is The New Stamp Duty Holiday & How Best To Buy & Sell In Manchester During Lockdown?

What Is The New Stamp Duty Holiday & How Best To Buy & Sell In Manchester During Lockdown?

The Chancellor announced on 8th July that there will be a stamp duty holiday until 31st March 2021 on properties costing up to £500,000 in England. This means anyone buying their main residence will be exempt from SDLT on properties worth up to £50…

HLF Berry Solicitors Appoint Practice Manager

HLF Berry Solicitors Appoint Practice Manager

HLF Berry Solicitors has appointed Anne Citron as Practice Manager. Anne has been part of the HLF Berry team for 20 years as the firm's Accounts Manager and more latterly Compliance Officer for finance and administration but now takes on the firm's …

No Fault Divorce: What Is It?

No Fault Divorce: What Is It?

The Government plans to update and modernise the divorce process in order to remove the idea of blame and fault by introducing the No Fault divorce. Designed to reduce conflict and enable couples to divorce more amicably, the No Fault divorce will …

How Can We Improve The Conveyancing Process?

How Can We Improve The Conveyancing Process?

Back in 2017, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) held a consultation on ways to speed up the conveyancing process and came with some suggestions, the main one being more information upfront from sellers. More Informat…

Are You Eligible For The Right To Buy Scheme?

Are You Eligible For The Right To Buy Scheme?

The Right To Buy (RTB) scheme enables individuals to buy the council or housing association property they are living in, for a discounted price - are you eligible to buy the property you rent at below market value? Buying your council or housing as…

COVID 19 Update

COVID 19 Update

We would like to reassure clients that it is business as usual for HLF Berry Solicitors. All our solicitors are still working, some remotely and some at their respective offices but they are all working hard to ensure that the service we deliver to …

Online Divorce

Online Divorce

Applying for divorce online can seem like the more straightforward and cost-effective route - but be careful as online divorce can be costly in the long run. Divorce is an individual, personal process and should be approached differently for every …

The First Mixed Sex Couples Enter Into Civil Partnerships

The First Mixed Sex Couples Enter Into Civil Partnerships

The start of 2020 marked the start of a change in the law regarding civil partnerships - and now same-sex couples can register civil partnerships in England and Wales. Civil partnerships give your relationship legal recognition, and for the first t…

Charities And Gifts: Managing Permanent Endowment

Charities And Gifts: Managing Permanent Endowment

Charities are unique from a legal perspective and face many challenges when it comes to legislation - and permanent endowment is no exception. All charities receive gifts where donors place certain constraints on how they can be used, which is why …

New Year Resolutions: Planning For Your Future

New Year Resolutions: Planning For Your Future

'T is the season to be merry and plan New Year resolutions that often include the gym and swapping wine for water - and we think it's the perfect time to also plan for your future. Alongside the more common New Year resolutions sit ones that involv…

Why Estate Planning Is So Important

Why Estate Planning Is So Important

None of us likes to think about what happens when we die, but it is important to have a plan in place in order to ensure loved ones are cared for long after we've gone - and estate planning is the best way to take care of loved ones' futures, no mat…

Top Tips for Reviewing or Changing your Will

Top Tips for Reviewing or Changing your Will

The nature of life is that it goes on and sometimes your circumstances change - which is why it's important to review your Will on a regular basis. "We advise clients to consider whether their existing Will is still relevant for them or whether it …

Your Guide To The Tenant Fees Act 2019

Your Guide To The Tenant Fees Act 2019

New legislation for tenant fees came into force on 1 June 2019 and affects all tenants entering into Housing Act Tenancies from this date onwards. These are the most common type of tenancy and include Assured Shorthold Tenancies, licences to occupy …

Mixed-Sex Civil Partnerships – Coming Soon!

Mixed-Sex Civil Partnerships – Coming Soon!

A recent approved amendment by the House of Commons means mixed-sex civil partnerships should become legal by the end of this year. On 15th March 2019, the House of Commons approved an amendment made by the House of Lords to the Civil Partnerships,…

A Guide to the Court of Protection

A Guide to the Court of Protection

The Court of Protection decides whether an individual is capable of making informed decisions about their property and financial affairs and about their own health and welfare. If a person is deemed mentally incapable the Court can decide who should…

Enfranchisement Of Freeholds And Extension Of Leases

Enfranchisement Of Freeholds And Extension Of Leases

Is your property a relic of the feudal system? If you own a leasehold residential property (house or flat), or are thinking of buying one, you may be interested in this article. Over the past few years we have been receiving an increasing number o…

Why Does An Up To Date Will Matter?

Why Does An Up To Date Will Matter?

Writing a Will is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime as it enables you to express and have your wishes carried out on your behalf after you die - and keeping your Will up to date means keeping your wishes relevant to any c…

Top Tips For Removing The Fear From Your Home Move

Top Tips For Removing The Fear From Your Home Move

Moving into a new home is one of the scariest, most stressful and exciting times of our lives so it is crucial to be prepared and plan the process in order to remove the fear. In our experience of helping clients with their conveyancing needs over …

Beware Of Pitfalls When Signing A Commercial Lease!

Beware Of Pitfalls When Signing A Commercial Lease!

A commercial lease is an exciting but big step for your business and it's crucial it's done in the right way - and that you take into consideration all the many issues and potential pitfalls by speaking to a qualified commercial property solicitor b…

Four Top Tips For Selling Your Business

Four Top Tips For Selling Your Business

Buying and selling a business is a complex matter and there are many things that can go wrong, potentially costing you a great deal of time and money - which is why it's so important to speak to your solicitor before going ahead with a sale. "The b…

Should You Set Up A Lasting Power Of Attorney?

Should You Set Up A Lasting Power Of Attorney?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) enable someone you trust to make the big decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so - and the decision to set one up or not is an extremely important one. People are living longer on average nowadays th…

A Guide To Selling A Probate Property

A Guide To Selling A Probate Property

Selling a property in probate is more complicated than a normal sale and technically you are unable to do so until you have obtained a Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration where there is no Will) - however, there are steps you can take to …

How To Make Selling Your Home Easy

How To Make Selling Your Home Easy

Selling a home is notoriously stressful and entails a complex legal process - but with the right conveyancing solicitor, the process doesn't have to be a difficult one. There are certain things that your conveyancer needs to do to help make the pro…

HLF Berry Solicitors Working With Manchester Jewish Museum Pro Bono On Development Project

HLF Berry Solicitors Working With Manchester Jewish Museum Pro Bono On Development Project

Robin Burman of HLF Berry Solicitors will be providing pro bono legal services for the grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for The Manchester Jewish Museum's development project. Manchester Jewish Museum has received a £2.89m National Lottery grant …

The Complexities Of Commercial Conveyancing And The Importance Of Getting It Right

The Complexities Of Commercial Conveyancing And The Importance Of Getting It Right

Business transactions can affect the success of your enterprise, which is why every decision should be a considered one. Whether you are the landlord or the tenant, it's vital you understand your rights and protect your business by using a professio…

What Happens To Your Will If You Marry Or Divorce?

What Happens To Your Will If You Marry Or Divorce?

When you experience stressful times like going through a divorce, or exciting moments like planning a wedding, thinking about your Will is unlikely to be top of your list - but it is important to update your Will to reflect your changed circumstance…

New Energy Efficiency Law: Landlords Should Get Ready Now!

New Energy Efficiency Law: Landlords Should Get Ready Now!

The government is introducing the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulation in less than a year's time - and landlords need to ensure they're ready with regards to compliance when it comes into force. From 1 April 2018, landlords will n…

What Is The New Inheritance Tax Residence Nil Rate Band Allowance?

What Is The New Inheritance Tax Residence Nil Rate Band Allowance?

The government has just introduced a change to the inheritance tax nil rate band (NRB) allowance, increasing the allowance available to you. From 6 April 2017, the new residence nil rate band (RNRB) comes into effect and adds an extra allowance in …

HLF Berry Supports St Ann’s Hospice Wills Week

HLF Berry Supports St Ann’s Hospice Wills Week

Solicitors at HLF Berry in Chorlton and Failsworth are supporting Wills Week running from 6-10 March, writing Wills for clients in exchange for donations to Manchester charity, St Ann's Hospice. St Ann's Hospice is Greater Manchester's largest hosp…

HLF Berry Helps Client Win Identity Fraud Case

HLF Berry Helps Client Win Identity Fraud Case

Manchester-based solicitors firm HLF Berry recently helped a client to win back his house from fraudsters who had stolen his identity in order to try and steal his home. Mr To reported the problem to HLF Berry who immediately took urgent action to …

New Year, New Divorce: January Is Largest Divorce Month

New Year, New Divorce: January Is Largest Divorce Month

January is the biggest month for divorce, with the most number of queries made to solicitors on the first working Monday of the year from couples wanting to separate. Whilst many of us are still merrily wishing our friends a happy new year and hang…

HLF Berry Supports Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Will’s Week Initiative

HLF Berry Supports Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Will’s Week Initiative

Our Failsworth office is supporting Will's Week running from 3-9 Oct, writing Wills for clients in exchange for donations to Oldham charity, Dr Kershaw's Hospice. Dr Kershaw's Hospice cares for adults with life restricting illnesses and provides th…

HLF Berry Supports The Christie Make A Will Week 2016

HLF Berry Supports The Christie Make A Will Week 2016

Solicitors in the Chorlton office of HLF Berry Solicitors are supporting The Christie Make A Will Week by writing Wills for clients who in exchange make a donation to the charity, for the duration of the week 12-16 September. The Christie is one of…

A GOLDEN CHANCE An insight into HLF Berry Solicitors by Law Intern Giulia Fichera

A GOLDEN CHANCE An insight into HLF Berry Solicitors by Law Intern Giulia Fichera

My name is Giulia Fichera and I was born in Sicily, where I recently graduated in Law. I landed in Manchester in February of this year, in order to sharpen my language skills. I then applied in May for an internship at HLF Berry Solicitors, because …

Warning To Make A Will After Intestate Queries Rise Sharply

Warning To Make A Will After Intestate Queries Rise Sharply

The importance of making a Will has been emphasised again recently after it was shown that intestate queries have more than doubled in the last five years. Featuring on a BBC Radio 5 talk show in mid-May, the charity Citizens Advice revealed there …

Enterprise And Employment Act – What You Need To Know

Enterprise And Employment Act – What You Need To Know

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force on 6 April 2016 and UK businesses need to be aware of just what this means for them - or run the risk of criminal charges. As a result of this new Act, there are a number of imp…

Are you prepared to live to 100?

Are you prepared to live to 100?

As one-in-three babies born today can expect to live to this milestone age, it seems this is something more of us need to start planning for. The number of centenarians is set to rise to almost 500,000 by 2050 according to the Office for National St…

Dishonesty in divorce settlements will no longer be tolerated

Dishonesty in divorce settlements will no longer be tolerated

In a landmark ruling, The Supreme Court has found in favour of two divorcees appealing their divorce settlements on the basis of their ex-husband's dishonesty. The decision could open the door for thousands of divorcees who have suspected that they …

Understanding your duties and liabilities as a company director

Understanding your duties and liabilities as a company director

Aside from the obvious duties such as filing reports at Companies House, there are numerous other obligations placed upon company directors.  If you fail to comply with your duties your position on the board may be under threat, as you can be h…

Landmark Inheritance Ruling Highlights Need To Make A Will

Landmark Inheritance Ruling Highlights Need To Make A Will

The importance of making a Will has been emphasised by the recent landmark legal ruling by judges to award a disinherited daughter an inheritance of £164,000. During the case, the court heard that Mrs Jackson, who passed away in 2004, had detailed …

Do You Own Property Abroad? There’s A New EU Law You Should Know About

Do You Own Property Abroad? There’s A New EU Law You Should Know About

A new piece of European Union legislation has just come into force that changes the previous inheritance laws governing foreign property owned by Britons and could have consequences for individuals with second homes in Europe. This is an important …

Different ways to a divorce settlement

Different ways to a divorce settlement

When you have taken the difficult step of deciding to divorce, working out your future arrangements for children, property, maintenance payments and shared business interests can lead to a great deal of anguish. If you have not come to an agreement…

New Intestacy Rules: What They Mean To You

New Intestacy Rules: What They Mean To You

If a loved one dies without leaving a Will, the Intestacy Rules dictate how his or her estate is divided. These rules stipulate who inherits and who does not. On 1 October 2014 changes were made to these rules through the Inheritance and Trustees' P…

Your guide to the conveyancing search process

Your guide to the conveyancing search process

For most of us, buying a home is one of the largest investments we will make. To protect your investment, HLF Berry's residential property experts in Chorlton and Failsworth will carry out several conveyancing searches to ensure that your new home h…

10 Important Things To Do Following The Death Of A Loved One

10 Important Things To Do Following The Death Of A Loved One

"Losing a loved one is never easy and the first few weeks are often the most emotionally draining. Although there is a great deal to think about, our list of the most important 10 Things To Do should hopefully make matters a little easier for you at…

How Your Solicitor Can Help You With Business Leases

How Your Solicitor Can Help You With Business Leases

If you're planning to lease your premises or to rent a building for business purposes, it's a good idea to speak with a specialist commercial property solicitor before you sign any documents. Business leases are complicated and you need to be confi…

Business Leases - Top Ten Tips On What To Look Out For

Business Leases - Top Ten Tips On What To Look Out For

These points are written from the point of view of tenants looking to take a lease.  Of course, from the landlord's prospective, they would be arguing the opposite in many cases. 1.         Length of lea…

HLF Berry Sponsors West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

HLF Berry Sponsors West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

HLF Berry Solicitors is sponsoring Chorlton-based football team, West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC. "We're excited to be sponsoring this local football team and are really looking forward to a successful season," says Paul Hannam of HLF Berry. "HLF…

Top Tips For Start Up Businesses

Top Tips For Start Up Businesses

Setting up a new business is an exciting, challenging and rewarding time. However, it can also be fraught with legal difficulties and uncertainties, and it is vital to get it right first time to avoid potential stress and costs down the line - our t…

Reducing The Risk Of Will Disputes

Reducing The Risk Of Will Disputes

HLF Berry's specialist wills and probate solicitors have witnessed a rise in contested wills and disputed inheritances over the past few years, but there are positive steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of either scenario arising for you in …

How To Maximise Business Growth Opportunities

How To Maximise Business Growth Opportunities

As confidence increases in the small business sector and economic recovery is well and truly on its way, are you ready to make the most of the opportunities for business growth this upturn presents? There are many ways you can take advantage of the…

Charity Partnerships And Mergers

Charity Partnerships And Mergers

Charities exist to support and help individuals and communities, but this does not mean they do not experience many of the challenges facing businesses in today's economic climate - including funding, expansion and growth. This is why more and more …

Advice On Inheritance Claims Where There Is No Will

Advice On Inheritance Claims Where There Is No Will

When a person dies without having made a will, his or her estate is shared out according to the rules of intestacy - and these laws often overlook certain individuals who were close to the deceased and/or feel entitled to a share of the estate and, …

HLF Berry & Housing Group Offer Free Legal Clinics for Business

HLF Berry & Housing Group Offer Free Legal Clinics for Business

The Chorlton office of HLF Berry Solicitors is running free legal advice clinics for start-ups and small businesses, in partnership with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. Supporting local business owners and those wanting to run their own busine…

HLF Berry Welcomes Plans To Make Prenuptial Agreements Law

HLF Berry Welcomes Plans To Make Prenuptial Agreements Law

Family solicitors at HLF Berry are welcoming the Law Commission's plans to make pre-nuptial agreements legal in England and see the proposed divorce reforms as good news for couples. The watchdog for legal reforms, the Law Commission wants pre-nupt…

HLF Berry Warns Couples To Protect Rights As Co-habiting Soars In Popularity

HLF Berry Warns Couples To Protect Rights As Co-habiting Soars In Popularity

HLF Berry Solicitors is warning unmarried couples who live together that they should ensure that their rights are protected, as the government's newest data shows co-habiting numbers are the fastest growing family type. The latest data from the Off…

Legal Changes To Restrict Landlords

Legal Changes To Restrict Landlords

Commercial landlords are set to face fewer options with regard to recovering rent arrears when legal changes come into force in April 2014, law firm HLF Berry has cautioned. The current law allows landlords to seize tenants' assets in order to reco…