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Russell and Russell Solicitors can deal with all the legal aspects of your new life together. Whether you’re buying or selling a property, looking to protect your assets, thinking about starting a family or want to leave your possessions to those you care about, we can help.

We’ve nine offices across the North West; in Bolton, Atherton, Bury, Chester, Farnworth, Horwich and Middleton. And, because anything can happen at any time, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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What are the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren? What’s the process?

Spending time with the grandchildren is one of the most rewarding experiences grandparents can have.
Grandparents have always played a significant role in their grandchildren’s lives and modern society is no different. Indeed, the busy lives of parents can often mean grandparents are relied upon heavily, and regularly, to provide childcare. Add to this the increasing number of multi-generational households in the UK, which has led to many children being accustomed to living with their grandparents, and it’s not difficult to see why the bond between grandparents and grandchildren can be strong.
Read more here https://www.russellrussell.co.uk/news/post/the-rights-of-grandparents-to-see-their-grandchildren

Published on - Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Green space is key to higher property prices

Research carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that the closer properties in urban areas are to public green spaces, the more expensive they are.
The analysis, which looked at more than one million house sales in England and Wales via property website Zoopla between 2009 and 2016, showed that homes near to green areas commanded prices up to 1.9% more than those further away.
On average, houses and flats within 100 metres of parks, gardens, playing fields and other publicly accessible green spaces were £2,500 more expensive than they would be if they were more than 500 metres away. In 2016, this equated to an average premium of 1.6%.
Read the whole piece here;
https://www.russellrussell.co.uk/news/post/green-space-is-key-to-higher-property-prices

Published on - Tue, 22 Oct 2019

Arranging Christmas contact with your children?


Christmas is a time for family, but it can bring heartache for those who’ve separated or divorced. Making arrangements to spend time with your children over the festive period can be fraught with disagreements and arguments about who has them, when and for how long.
It’s a tricky situation. Deciding how to divide up your children’s time over the holidays can be problematic - who has them on the big day, do they spend time with both of you or is that too unsettling for them, when are they going to be picked up, how will they cope not being with both of you – it’s all a little too difficult, especially when emotions are running high. So, to help, we’ve outlined some suggestions about how to come to an agreement for child arrangements so that everyone can have a Merry Christmas:
Here are some practical suggestions to help arrangements run smoothly;
https://www.russellrussell.co.uk/news/post/arranging-christmas-contact-with-your-children

Published on - Mon, 09 Sep 2019

If you’re one of an increasing number of people remarrying, leaving assets to your children could be problematic without making preparations to future proof your will.

Many couples who remarry sell their existing properties to buy a new home together. Without an up to date will expressing that in the event of your death, your share of your home goes to your children, ownership of the property will transfer to your spouse. Upon on your spouse’s death, the entire joint estate could then be left to their children, ruling out any inheritance being passed to yours.

If you want to protect your partner, as well as ensuring your children benefit from the value of your property, a Home Protection Will Trust could be the answer. This effectively protects your share of the property, whilst allowing your partner to remain in the marital home for as long as they choose after your death.

To put this in place, the first step is to set up mirror wills stating that in the event of your death, a half share of the marital home goes to your children.

Read about how this can be easily done here

https://www.russellrussell.co.uk/news/post/a-home-protection-will-trust-takes-care-of-partners-and-children

Published on - Fri, 06 Sep 2019