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Are gifts liable for Inheritance Tax?

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Inheritance Tax (IHT) is paid on the assets that someone leaves behind when they die, i.e. property, money, businesses etc. Inheritance Tax is usually paid on estates worth more than £325,000, although the threshold can be higher under certain...

What to include in a shareholders' agreement

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What is a shareholders ’ agreement? A shareholder agreement is an agreement entered into by all or some of the shareholders of a company that outlines how it is managed, the ownership of the shares and the protection and rights of the shareholders....

Can you claim personal injury compensation for a hit and run accident?

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Being a victim of a hit and run accident can be incredibly stressful, and in some cases – life changing. A ‘hit and run’ is when the driver who caused the accident, fails to stop at the scene or provide their details. This is a criminal...

Are settlement agreements and compromise agreements the same thing?

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On the 29 th July 2013, compromise agreements were renamed settlement agreements. The name change was merely a stylistic decision by the government, who believe the wording better represents the agreements. The actual substance of the agreement, remains the...

What to know when buying a site to self-build

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Self-building can be an attractive way to get the home of your dreams, allowing you to create exactly what you need at a significantly lower cost compared to buying an existing property. However, there are various issues to consider so you can make sure...

What to do if you find a problem with your home after the sale is final

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When you buy a property in the UK, you do so under the general principle of “caveat emptor” also known as “buyer beware”. This means that it is your responsibility as the buyer to check the condition of the property you are buying. ...

Who inherits when there is no Will?

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If a loved one dies without leaving a Will, their estate will be divided according to the standard rules of intestacy as set out by the government. These rules strictly define who inherits depending on what surviving family the deceased has and the size of...

TIME LIMIT: How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?

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If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or malicious action, whether at work, in public, or under any other circumstances, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, it is important to be aware that there are strict...

Why your business's terms and conditions matter

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For any business, your terms and conditions (or T&Cs) set out the legal basis on which you trade with your customers. They help to clearly establish what customers should expect from you when doing business with you and can be vital if you need to...

When should you make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate one or more people to help you with making decisions about important issues if you lose the capacity to do so yourself in the future. An LPA will therefore commonly be used where you have reason to be...

What to know when buying property at auction

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Buying property at auction can allow you to get the right property at a lower price and is also usually faster than buying a property on the open market, allowing you to avoid the delays associated with property chains, the current owners needing to move out...

What to know when buying property off-plan

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Buying a new-build property before construction has started or while it is being built (known as buying ‘off-plan’) can allow you to get a pristine home or investment opportunity at a significant discount compared to buying a finished property....

Common conveyancing problems and what to do about them

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The conveyancing process is an essential part of buying or selling a property, covering key things such as preparing and exchanging the contracts of sale, having checks and searches carried out on the property for the buyer, the transfer of funds and...

What is digital conveyancing?

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Digital technology has revolutionised conveyancing in recent years, allowing the entire process to be handled remotely by email, over the phone and via video messaging. This makes things much faster and more convenient for homebuyers and homeowners, allowing...

Nottinghamshire County Show

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We are at the Nottinghamshire County Show (at Newark Showground) this weekend. Are you going to be there? If so come and visit our stall. We will be close to the main ring (please see the official map ). We have plenty of freebies to give out. Come...

How do settlement agreements work?

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Settlement agreements are an increasingly popular option for resolving employer-employee disputes, as well as heading off potential disputes during redundancy proceedings and other types of employee terminations. Settlement agreements act as a replacement...

Announcement - Chris Jeyes

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On 16 February 2018, Christopher Jeyes, Barrister and Partner, left Bird & Co Solicitors to pursue more advocacy opportunities. Christopher started his career with us in February 2010 as In-House Counsel, progressing through to be Partner in 2014. ...

So Long, Fare-well - Can My Tenant End Their Tenancy Early?

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The one thing buy-to-let landlords value above all else is a good, long-term tenant who looks after your property and pays their rent on time.  Trying to find new tenants is always slightly stressful – with buy-to-lets, it is often a case of...

Celebrating our very own Susan Burton

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This coming Wednesday, our very own Susan Burton will be appearing on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Sussex and Radio 5 Live following the launch event of the book that shares her incredible story. Written by the journalist Cole Moreton, The Boy Who Gave His...

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

David-James Stott
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Here at Bird & Co Solicitors we are more than happy to speak to you  about an accident. We offer a free initial consultation either by phone or in person at our offices. If your accident has prospects of success we are able to offer funding which is...

Our Managing Partner Welcomes You To Our New Website

Estelle Conron
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Bird & Co Solicitors LLP are delighted to welcome you to our new website.  This is the firm's fourth website, offering an improved user experience across mobile devices, tablets and computers. After teaming up with Conscious Solutions to...