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MPs say Help to Buy Schemes are not delivering the expected value

By Lambert Pugh News Team | November 11, 2019

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have questioned the value of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. They have stated that money invested into the system, could have been spent elsewhere. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (the Department) introduced the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme in April 2013 due to the decrease…

Turmoil in parliament holds up a rise in probate fees

By Lambert Pugh News Team | November 4, 2019

The proposal for an increase in probate fees has been put on hold due to the issues in talks in parliament. It’s not yet know that the fess will increase or if they ever will be. The current flat fees are £215, or £155 where a solicitor is involved.  The plans were to introduce a…

New online probate application services have above 90% approval rating

By Lambert Pugh News Team | September 23, 2019

In its first 12 months, a new online service to grant of probate applications has received a 92% satisfaction rating. This is based on the data collected by HM Courts and Tribunal Service. In July 2019, the new system was implemented to streamline the application process which are now dealt with at a central office…

Onset of dementia, medical and legal steps against it

By Lambert Pugh News Team | September 12, 2019

Health organisations across the world are stressing the need for people to take preventive measures to protect themselves as they get older. Official guidance from the NHS says: “There is currently no ‘cure’ for dementia. In fact, because dementia is caused by different diseases it is unlikely that there will be a single cure for…

35-year mortgages with Help to Buy schemes

By Lambert Pugh News Team | September 5, 2019

Homeowners purchasing properties under the Help to Buy are now able to use 35-year mortgages. The government is trying to remove a loophole where purchasers using the scheme have had difficulty applying for mortgages longer that 20 years. The changes, effective immediately, give people more freedom to reduce their monthly mortgage repayments by spreading their…

Son able to inherit farm even though he fell out with his parents

By Lambert Pugh News Team | July 29, 2019

A judge has ruled that a son was entitled to a share of the family farm, despite having fallen out with his parents, because he had worked for more than 30 years on the understanding that the land would pass to him The High Court heard that in 1981, the parents made wills under which…