Stepping on to the property ladder

Moving house is one of the most stressful things we ever do in life.

When moving house there are legal tasks to take care of. Nearly two out of three people put moving house at the top of their stress list, recent research by energy company E.On shows.

And it's not just the prospect of broken crockery or re-directing your post. The legal side of moving (known as conveyancing) can be just as stressful. 

With any house move, there are important legal tasks to complete:


Pets and the law

From trips to the vet to micro-chipping, being a good pet owner means knowing the law.

Mandatory micro-chipping

They say dogs are man's best friend, and losing a much-loved pet can be devastating. Micro-chipping offers the best chance of a missing animal's safe return.

More than 86% of UK dog owners have already micro-chipped their pets. But, on 6 April this year, micro-chipping dogs became compulsory. Any dog over the age of eight weeks must be micro-chipped and registered on a national database.


Free Wills Month - March 2016

Where there's a will, there's a way

Making a will can be a big step, but there are lots of reasons to take it. You might want to legally state where your money and the things you own should go when you die. Or you may want to say who will take care of your children.

Without a will, you can't make sure things will go to the people you would like them to go to.

But many of us don't have a will or feel we can't afford to pay for one.


Dream date or scam?

Thousands conned in online dating fraud

Online dating sites do bring lonely hearts together. But, for some, online dating has led to heartbreak—and a sudden drop in their bank balance.

One in four Britons now use online dating websites, reports consumer body Which?

But thousands of users each year are tricked into fake relationships and conned out of their hard-earned cash. According to Action Fraud, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £9,500.

How online dating scams work

Online Dating

Divorce Day

One in five married couples consider separating in the New Year

Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.  

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.


See you in court?

The number of court cases in England and Wales is high—and rising.

Our family courts alone dealt with almost 60,000 cases in the second quarter of 2015, up 4 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Justice. That's almost 1,000 cases per working day.


No minimum age for legal problems

Moving up a year at school, starting college or leaving education to start work—autumn is a time of new beginnings for the young.

For most, these are exciting times, studded with new challenges and opportunities.

But young people can experience legal problems just as serious as those of adults. When you're young, understanding your rights and figuring out where you stand if something goes wrong can be especially confusing. Knowing what to do next is often the hardest thing of all. 

Young people