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11th November 2019

Increase in Court actions in respect of Powers of Attorney

There has been a dramatic increase recently in the number of interventions which have been made by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). A recent article in the Law Society Gazette revealed that in the year 2018-2019 721 applications were made by the OPG to the Court of Protection which is an increase of continue reading…

9th September 2019

What is Civil and Commercial Mediation?

As taking court proceedings can be very costly and time consuming, a large number of people are now choosing to use mediation to resolve disputes as it can be cheaper and quicker to resolve any outstanding disputes rather than pursuing matters through the courts. If you need our mediation services, please give us a call on continue reading…

18th July 2019

Sarah Spence joins the Mediation Centre with our Partner Ashwin Topiwala

Dodds Solicitors LLP are pleased to announce that Associate Solicitor Sarah Spence is now qualified as an accredited civil and commercial mediator. Sarah joins the Mediation Centre with our Partner Ashwin Topiwala. Ashwin and Sarah can both offer all types of civil and commercial mediation. Mediation can be of great help to your clients if continue reading…

2nd November 2018

Debt Recovery

If you are having difficulties with customers not paying their invoices and need assistance with debt collection then please contact Sarah Spence Associate Solicitor at Dodds Solicitors. Sarah can advise you regarding the steps involved in issuing court proceedings and recovering monies. It may be possible to instruct us on a fixed fee basis depending continue reading…

20th September 2018

Options for those in Islamic Marriages not recognised by UK law

Following on from Jennifer McNeil’s blog of the 13th August 2018 regarding whether an Islamic marriage and or divorce can be recognised in an English court. If having taken advice it becomes apparent that your Islamic marriage is not recognised in England then in the event of a separation you may still depending upon your continue reading…

18th September 2018

The Queen of Soul

As many of you will be aware the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passed away recently. You may be surprised to learn that although she was very wealthy (some reports say her wealth amounted to more than 80 million dollars) she had not in fact made a Will even though she had been battling continue reading…

10th May 2018

Grant of Probate, To Be or Not to Be?

That is the question you may have if a relative has passed away recently and left a Will. One of the trends of modern society is that generally we are all living for longer. The National Office for Statistics recently announced that average life expectancy for new born males is 79.2 and for females it continue reading…

16th April 2018

Inheritance Act Claims Time is of the Essence

Many people do not realise that if there is a dispute within a family after someone has died that you may only have a very short time to put in claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. When someone dies it may be possible to apply for a Grant of Representation continue reading…

10th August 2017

Living with extended Family

A growing number of families have more than 2 generations living in the same property especially as it becomes more difficult to obtain mortgages and to get a foot on the property ladder. National Grandparents Day will take place this year on Sunday 12th September. Many grandparents are very involved with their grandchildren providing many continue reading…

30th March 2017

You can’t take it with you when you go….

However thanks to a recent court decision there is more certainty that your wishes will be followed after your death. The law regarding inheritance Act Claims has recently been clarified following the recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Ilot v The Blue Cross and Others. Heather Ilot made a claim in respect of continue reading…