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The latest legal news & family, employment, personal injury and wills & succession law news from Complete Clarity Solicitors.
Karianne Falconer

First-Time Buyers Struggle to Raise Deposits

A record number of first-time buyers are now relying on financial help from family members in order to get a foot on the property ladder, according to new research from the Social Mobility Commission. The ‘bank of mum and dad’ is often the lender of choice for many would-be home owners.

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Emma King

Calls for VAT Exemption for Wills Containing Charitable Bequests

Charity consortium Remember A Charity has called on the UK Government to do more to encourage legacy giving by making the cost of writing a will containing a charitable bequest exempt from VAT.

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Karianne Falconer

Proximity to a Farmers Market Can Boost House Prices

New research by Zoopla has found that properties located close to a popular farmers market could be worth up to 26% more than the average home in the same county.

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Karianne Falconer

Government Urged to Act on Retirement Housing

Two separate organisations representing the interests of older people have called for a “revolution” in housing provision to better meet the housing needs of people in retirement.

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Billy Smith

The Importance of Having a Living Will

A charity has launched a new campaign highlighting the importance of people officially recording their medical care and treatment wishes in case injury or illness leaves them unable to make these decisions for themselves in future.

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Karianne Falconer

Housing Market Needs More Houses

The UK Government recently published a White Paper on the housing market in England, describing it as “broken”.

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Karianne Falconer

House Price Growth Steady at Start of Year

The start of 2017 has seen ‘broadly stable’ annual house price growth amounting to 4.3%, according to Nationwide’s House Price Index for January. This is only slightly below the annual growth rate of 4.5% recorded in December 2016. On a monthly basis, house prices rose by 0.2% in January, after seasonal factors were taken into account.

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Karianne Falconer

Rise in Number of First-Time Buyers

The number of first-time buyers in the UK rose by 7.3% in 2016, from 312,900 in 2015 to an estimated 335,750, according to the latest Halifax First-Time Buyer Review. This is apparently the highest level since the start of the financial crisis in 2007 (359,900).

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Emma King

Depp and Heard Divorce Finalised in Court

The divorce of celebrity couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has now been finalised in a Los Angeles court, various media outlets have reported.

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Billy Smith

Review of Child Maintenance Service

The UK Government has published details of research into the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).

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Karianne Falconer

Scottish Housing Market Update

There was a rise in the average price of a property in Scotland in October 2016, taking the average price to £143,131, the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI) has revealed. This is an increase of 4% over the previous year, and an increase of 1% compared to September 2016.

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Emma King

Scottish Village Receives Bequest from Former PoW

A German man, who had been held as a Prisoner of War (PoW) in Scotland, has left a generous bequest to the Scottish village where he was detained, reports the BBC

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Karianne Falconer

Rise in Number of First-Time Buyers

The number of mortgages granted to first-time buyers in the third quarter of this year is at its highest level since 2007, according to new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). 

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Karianne Falconer

Location Adds Premium to House Prices

Location is one of the most important considerations for home buyers when it comes to deciding on a new house, and many purchasers are prepared to pay a premium to secure their ideal setting.

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Billy Smith

Calls for Incentives to Encourage Earlier Transfer of Wealth

A new report has highlighted the extent of the pensions and savings gap in the UK, with many adults failing to save enough money to provide for a comfortable retirement.

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Karianne Falconer

Home Ownership Is Still an Aspiration for Many

Recent research into attitudes towards housing tenure has found that home-ownership is still the nation's overwhelming preference and aspiration - and not purely for financial reasons.

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Karianne Falconer

House Price Index Reveals Steady Rise Across the UK

The latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI) has revealed an average annual property price increase of 8.4% in August, taking the average property value in the UK to £218,964. On a month by month basis, average house prices rose by 1.3% since July.

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Emma King

Study Gives Insight into Views on Inheritance

A recent study from Canada has given an interesting insight into the older generation’s views on spending all their money verses leaving an inheritance for their children.

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Karianne Falconer

Scotland's Most Affordable Commuter Towns

Motherwell, Greenock and Arbroath are Scotland’s most affordable commuter towns, according to new research by Bank of Scotland.

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Billy Smith

Nation Acquires Another Painting through Acceptance in Lieu Scheme

A major full-length portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of the 5th Earl of Carlisle has been accepted in lieu of inheritance tax for the nation.

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