House sellers are facing testing questions

Springtime is traditionally the busiest time for the property market, but with a knotty problem affecting more homes than ever, it’s worth doing some horticultural homework before you start, whether you’re buying or selling.  Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive, aggressive and destructive plant, able to grow as high as four metres in just a…

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LIVING TOGETHER RIGHTS? – SOME HOPE??

There persists to this day an urban myth that couples who choose to live together and not get married will after time acquire the same rights of married couples, by virtue of being in a “common law marriage”.  Unfortunately, such concept simply does not exist.   No matter how long an unmarried couple choose to live…

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Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples.  But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed.  …

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