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The hidden truth

Environmental searches, introduced in the 1990s, help potential homeowners identify possible problems before money and contracts are exchanged.   Use of the land hundreds of years ago can have a huge impact today. Unfortunately no one realises this more than the residents of Fontmell Close in St Albans.   On 1 October, residents of the suburban street had to evacuate their homes when a massive sinkhole measuring 66ft wide and 33ft deep…

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Where there's a will...

Having a will isn’t just a case of a tick box exercise. A good will is a document which will protect you and your family’s investments.   Michael Labrum, of Labrum’s Solicitors, said: “I saw a client who wanted me to look at the will that had been drawn up for him and his wife before they signed it.   “He had been to a will writing company because he thought they would be better and cheaper.   “On…

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Making the right decision

If someone leaves everything to someone they have just met is it because they have lost mental capacity, or are they just in love?   At what point should you consider whether you are incapable of making your own decisions?   This is a very delicate matter with lots of grey areas.   There are a number of reasons why you might need someone to make decisions for you or act on your behalf.   It could just be temporary. For example,…

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