If the saying is to be believed then moving home is one of life’s most stressful events. At Hegarty Solicitors we do not promise to change the unchangeable, but we give it our best shot.
The legal processes of buying and selling property can not be avoided. That said, they need not add to the pressures of moving home. Our expert residential conveyancers will work quickly and professionally to help you buy or sell your property, keeping the transaction moving and keeping you informed every step of the way. Our useful guide to conveyancing gives you more information about the process. We also provide no move, no fee insurance to protect you if things do not go as planned.
Wills, Estate Planning & Wealth Management
Whether you are upgrading or downsizing, a house move changes your personal circumstances. How that will affect you and your family in the short and long-term needs careful consideration. Our Wills, Trusts and Wealth Management team can help you make or review your will and your plans for the distribution of your assets, advising on tax-efficiency and the best practical ways of providing for the future of your loved ones.
Care Home Planning
It is no secret that we have an ageing population. Living longer is bringing the cost of care into sharp focus - three quarters of people over the age of 65 develop a care need. The average lifetime cost of care is a staggering £30,000 and it is estimated that more than 40,000 homes are sold each year to pay for care home fees. The good news is that there are options available and a little careful planning now can provide peace of mind for the future. Our team helps you make the best plans now, for years to come.
Many people today choose to live together without being married or in a civil partnership. However, there are no specific laws to protect the interests of co-habiting couples as there are with married couples, so you may want to consider a co-habitation agreement to protect your interests in case things do go wrong in the future. By setting out rights in this way, the chances are there will be far less scope for a legal battle later on. Our family law department will be able to give you advice on your rights and help you to draw up a co-habitation agreement to clarify how assets are shared and how financial responsibilities are split. Our guide to living together gives you more information.
Declarations Of Trust
These days it is becoming increasingly common to purchase property with someone else, such as a parent, relative, partner or spouse. To avoid confusion and possible future disputes, a Declaration of Trust can be drawn up to show who owns how much of a percentage of the property. The declaration can also address the obligations that arise from owning property such as contributions towards mortgage payments, responsibility for maintenance charges or improvements and deal with arrangements for the sale of the property following a dispute or falling out . Our residential property department can give you further advice.
Property-related disagreements and disputes with neighbours are notoriously sensitive; many precariously perched on the brink of expensive litigation. That is the same whether the dispute is about boundaries, building work or a co-habitee’s claims over the property. If you are having problems, we can help. Our specialist dispute resolution team is devoted to bringing differences to an end as quickly, pragmatically and inexpensively as possible.