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HG Walker's Victoria Elford on Life Interest Trust's

I have recently remarried. How do I ensure my daughter from my previous marriage, inherits my half share of the property which I own jointly with my new husband?

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HG Walker - Law Spot Top 10 Tips for First Time Buyers

Top 10 Tips for First Time Buyers

Buying your first property can be daunting, so Jane Colver, Harold G Walker’s Conveyancing specialist has put together some top tips to guide you through the process of buying your first home.

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Deed of Variation

My father has excluded my brother from his will leaving everything to me – I don’t think it’s fair – is there anything I can do about this and if so, are there any inheritance tax consequences for me?

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Toni Oxborough's Top Tips for Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Top Tips for setting up a Pre-Nuptial agreement

People who marry do not expect to divorce. However it is not uncommon for people to look for ways to protect their assets before saying “I do”. Here are our top tips for getting the right Pre-Nuptial arrangement in place:

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Conveyancing searches

What searches are needed on a purchase?

It is essential that the necessary searches are carried out to identify any potential problems or issues and to ensure that these then can be resolved prior to your purchase.

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Williams Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

My Happy Christmas wishes this year go, unusually, to our local councillors....

As a group I suspect they are seldom at the top of anyone’s Christmas list, but I cannot but notice that they are having an unusually hard time of it at present.

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Williams Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

On the face of it, the proposal to scrap the nine different councils that run Dorset and replace them with just two seems sensible...

If you were starting a fresh, you would never devise the current complex maze of nine different councils with differing powers. The result is significant duplication of departments and services. There are six chief executives and 330 councillors spread across the county.

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Williams Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

What’s happening to our Post Offices? Their services are important to us and essential to local businesses. Indeed, they are part of our local communities.

It was a worry a few years ago when the large post office and royal mail depot in the centre of Christchurch was sold off for property redevelopment.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

Along with the Regent Centre, Christchurch’s other big non-for-profit business is the Priory Church....

With the new Vicar settled in, the Priory is determined to become more outward looking and has big development plans.

Over the years the large historic house behind the Priory (Priory House) had become underused- but that is no more. It has been renovated with a new café linked into the Priory. Choir rooms and offices have also been established . That was only Phase One, however.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

I have been advised not to write this month’s article!

First I am going to alienate 58.8% of you. Second given the time gap between me writing it and you reading it, who can guess what else has changed. I am, of course, talking about Brexit. I spoke for Remain at the Christchurch Chamber of Trade meeting just before the vote and felt most the businesses- and certainly the youngsters who braved the meeting- were in favour of Remain. Christchurch, however, supported Brexit and 18,268 voted leave (against 12,782 remain). Whilst I believe in the E.U, I recognise that the E.U leadership did little over many years to sell its own benefits and I feel they have no-one to blame but themselves.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

One of the most successful businesses in the centre of Christchurch is not even a “for profit” business. It is a charity run with the support of 200 unpaid volunteers.

The Regent Centre was built as a cinema 85 years ago in 1931 at the start of Hollywood’s Golden Age. But as cinema audiences declined, so did the Regent Centre. For a period it was a Bingo Hall and when that failed the doors were closed in 1973 and the property lay empty.

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William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

The new Living Wage has now come into effect and could have significant implications for Christchurch.

I remember a remarkable survey a few years ago put Christchurch near the top of a league of ‘deprived areas’. This was based on our relatively high cost of living but the fact that our main employment is in tourism and care services. Both industries are notorious for their low pay.

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