May 6

Lasting Powers of Attorney get the Martin Lewis seal of approval.

The moneysavingexpert.com founder and Citizens Advice consumer champion has urged people to arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney, explaining how, by planning ahead now, you can save time, money and stress in the long run. Tania Jeffery from JC Solicitors in Chichester and Alton welcomes his appeal.

Speaking on his Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV recently he explained the reasons why, despite being only 42 years old, he already has a Lasting Power of Attorney in place to protect his interests in the event that a sudden accident, illness, disability or his advancing age means that he no longer has the mental capacity to make decisions for himself.

March 25

How you own your property and does it really matter?

As a private client solicitor I often advise clients regarding estate planning and Wills. During our discussions I need to determine how they own their home to be able to properly advise them as to their options. What I find more often than not is that most of my clients do not know ‘how’ they own their property.

March 16

Legal Assistant – with training contract opportunity

JC Solicitors is a young, thriving law firm taking a fresh approach to the delivery of legal services, putting our client’s needs, and not our own, at the heart of all we do.

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity to either a current student or a graduate looking to launch their career in law.

As legal assistant you will be providing administrative support to one of our company directors
dealing with wills, power of attorney, Court of Protection, trusts, probate and other matters. There will be opportunities to work in other departments and a training contract may be available for candidates that demonstrate their potential in the role.

March 9

Qualifications, the law and training contracts – is it all worth it?

Are you a student looking for a training contract? Working as a paralegal for minimum wage with no end in sight? You may want to read on…

The Numbers

  • In 2014, 5514 trainee solicitors were registered.
  • In the 2012/2013 academic year 6171 students completed their Legal Practice Course (LPC).
  • Working on this year’s figures, this leaves a deficit of 657 legally qualified individuals with no training contract.
  • Every year hundreds of LPC graduates join the search for training contacts. These join the hundreds, if not thousands that are still looking for training contracts from previous years.
February 16

Conveyancing searches – what you need to know

As you may be aware, part of buying a property involves applying for several searches to be carried out on the property.

If you are purchasing with the aid of a mortgage then the searches are compulsory and will be applied for as soon as possible. If you are a cash buyer, it is entirely up to you whether you have all searches carried out, one search or none at all.

Even if you are a cash buyer, a prudent conveyancer will always recommend that you at least have a Local Authority Search carried out. The search provides the planning history of the property and any works that have been carried out under building regulations (for example, new windows, gas or electrical works). It will also confirm if the road is adopted by the Local Authority and whether the property is affected by any adverse matters such as an Enforcement Notice, Traffic Schemes, a Smoke Control Order or a Tree Preservation Order. The search also reveals if the property is affected by radon gas.

February 11

Pre-nuptial agreements, just for the rich and famous?

Getting married in Chichester, Alton or the surrounding areas this year? Will a pre-nuptual agreement be part of your wedding planning? If you think pre-nuptual agreements are just for the rich and famous, then think again. Whilst you’re planning your lives together, a pre-nup can be a beneficial legal document when settling your finances should the marriage break down in the future.

Historically, pre-nuptial agreements (also referred to as pre-marital agreements) have often been thought of as a contract for the rich and famous. We will all be familiar with celebrity divorces where the press have highlighted both the existence and non – existence of pre-nuptial agreements. As a result of this, prior to the last decade, the presence of a pre-nuptial agreement would only tend to enter the headlines if it was (a) a very public divorce of a rich and famous couple and (b) geographically tended arise from outside of the UK jurisdiction.

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