Your Rights: Buying a house with your live-in partner

For most couples, deciding to move in together is an exciting time, looking to the future, and planning a home together can be the start of a great lifetime ahead, but not protecting your assets or your legal position can be a very risky course of action. By the time many couples realise that, in law, they are considered as separate individuals, it’s too late to put any legal protection in place. Many couples believe that living together gives them legal rights, but marriage at common law does not exist, and unless you have agreed your positions at the start…

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Conveyancing Process & Fees Explained

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of property from one party to another. During the process, you will need to make payments to parties other than your conveyancing solicitor. You would however first make the payment to your solicitor, who would then distribute the monies as necessary. Any payment you initially make to your solicitor, but which is then passed to another party, is known as a ‘disbursement’. Examples of disbursements and fees include: Local authority search fees – to ensure the property is not affected by any planned local development, such as new roads; to ascertain whether…

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