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11 September 2019 Firm updates

Why make a Will? Only one in three of us will make a Will. By putting our affairs in order, regardless of how big or small they are, you can give security to your loved ones and make things easier should the worst happen. Having a Will ensures you decide who inherits your estate and personal belongings.  You can appoint Executors to look after your affairs How does Make a Will Week work? We have generously offered to give both our time and expertise to write your Will in exchange for a donation to support York Teaching Hospital Charity. It's really simple to take part: Contact us between 23rd and 27th September, 2019 to make an appointment.  Be sure to mention York Teaching Hospital Charity Make a Will Week. After you make the appointment you will…
22 August 2019 Commercial property

With this year’s Glastonbury festival behind us, where the working dairy herd at Worthy Farm in Somerset makes way for the world’s biggest music festival, many farmers may have been wondering what innovative ideas they too could explore to boost their income and get the most out of their land. These days there are an increasing range of opportunities for short-term farm diversification from letting someone use part of your land for grazing or storage purposes, to holding one-off events like a car boot sale, weddings or even a festival. However, before you allow another person to use your land it is important to take legal advice to ensure that your arrangement is properly documented and that you both understand the remit of the permission granted.  Andrew Little, commercial property law specialist at Pearsons…
20 August 2019 Family Matters

  You may feel overwhelmed with the changes you are facing as you go through a divorce, and going from two incomes to one can be a struggle. If you do not own a house or have other assets, it’s tempting to cut costs and ignore seeking advice from a solicitor in relation to a financial agreement. Robert Bellhouse, family law expert at Ware & Kay explains why this could be a costly mistake.  ‘A divorce does not stop all financial obligations between spouses. I have met people that come into money years after a divorce, only to face an unexpected claim from their former spouse.  You may be on amicable terms now, but relations can sour over time, especially if one of you enters a new relationship or comes into new found wealth. You can prevent…
09 August 2019 Events

Date: 26th September, 2019   Time: 8.00am – 10.00am Location: Triune Court, Monks Cross Drive, York Are you involved with Commercial Property? Ware & Kay Solicitors are teaming up with Garbutt & Elliott to host an update covering commercial property and property tax Guest Speakers Legal experts David Hyams, Johanne Spittle & Andrew Little will each host a bite-sized session on some of the various aspects of commercial property, which will include: 5 Top Tips on leasing out commercial property Dilapidations claims: A reminder of the practical issues for landlords tenants What to consider when purchasing a commercial property G&E Tax team saves their property clients millions of pounds each tax year Experts Rob Durrant-Walker & Naveen Sahney will tell you how to save substantial amounts of tax on your commercial property, which will include: When and how to use Capital…
07 August 2019 Firm updates

Leading law firm Ware & Kay Solicitors has added another Solicitor to its team in York with the return appointment of Bella O’Keeffe to its Wills & Probate Department. Bella brings many years of experience and knowledge on a broad range of matters.  These range from the preparation of Wills, creation of trusts, estate planning, taxation, Lasting Powers of Attorney (which help clients protect against the difficulties that arise with finances or personal decisions if mental capacity is lost), Court of Protection applications and care home fee planning and the administration of estates after someone has died. As a graduate of the University of Hull and the University of Law in York, Bella gained extensive experience and knowledge at Ware & Kay which she originally joined back in 2011 and qualified as a Solicitor in…
24 July 2019 Family Matters

It is increasingly common for parents to give money to their children to help them buy a property or set up a new business. You may intend this purely as a gift to your child to help them with their new venture not appreciating that in the event of a separation or divorce, that gift may be “lost.”  How can you protect this money if your son or daughter subsequently divorces?  Loan or ownership: You can protect your investment in the new venture by either taking a share in the ownership or making a loan which may also then be protected by taking a charge. If you opt for ownership your advisers can ensure that you are registered as one of the co-owners in the appropriate proportion. So, for example, if you are contributing 30% of…
24 July 2019 Missing Persons

A law named after missing chef Claudia Lawrence from York is being introduced to help families take over the affairs of loved ones who have disappeared. Usually called "Claudia’s law", the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 will create a special legal status to allow someone to be appointed as guardian of the affairs of a missing person. It means families can act in the missing person's best financial interests after they have been missing for 90 days or longer (less in case of urgency) - such as suspending direct debits for bills, ensuring debts do not accumulate and making mortgage payments in order to avoid the distress of properties being repossessed and businesses being ruined. Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s Father and Consultant at Ware & Kay Solicitors has been at the forefront of the campaign which…
22 July 2019 Firm updates

Ian Fisher, now a Consultant with Ware & Kay Solicitors with offices in York, Wetherby & Malton has recently celebrated 50 years with the firm as one of the leading Wills & Probate Practitioners in Yorkshire. Ian celebrated an evening with family and colleagues at a Greyhound Racing evening in Sheffield on 19th July where the firm sponsored a race called Ware & Kay – Fisher’s Nifty Fifty Fanfare!  Ian is the longest serving employee at Ware & Kay Solicitors. He joined the Wills & Probate department when the firm was known as Newbald Kay & Sons on 7th July 1969 at its office in Lendal, York. He studied law in evening classes at Leeds Polytechnic and later correspondence courses to complete his Chartered Legal Executive finals. He then went on to qualify as a…
19 July 2019 Litigation

Uncertainty and risk go hand in hand in the farming industry. As well as the unremitting inconsistency of the British weather, disease, changing eating habits, tax demands and outside political factors are constant worries for farmers in the UK. At Ware & Kay, our specialist agriculture lawyers are widely experienced in recognising and dealing with the many issues and risks involved in the farming sector and strive on a day-to-day basis to minimise the variety of stresses which arise for their many farming clients. Here, Hazel Anyon, agricultural law specialist at Pearsons & Ward Solicitors in Malton outlines four current concerns for farming businesses and offers practical advice on tackling them. Uncertainty of Brexit The UK’s exit from the European Union is currently pencilled in for 31 October 2019, but with the current political turmoil circling…
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