Commercial

Our commercial property department possesses a wealth of specialist technical knowledge in all areas of commercial property law.  We strive to provide friendly, expert advice to clients who are buying, selling, developing or managing freehold and leasehold commercial property. Our areas of expertise include property finance and corporate funding, acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold property, commercial development and advising landlords and tenants on commercial leases.

If you would like to discuss any of your property needs we would be happy to deal with all enquiries by phone, email or just call in to the office for a chat regarding your requirements.

Resolving financial matters after separation & divorce

One of the biggest worries you may face when you are separating or divorcing, is resolving often complex financial matters.

You may feel very vulnerable, as you may not be sure whether you can stay in your home, whether you will have to sell your home and how mortgage payments are to be met in the short and long term.

You may have business interests which you may wish to protect in the long term.

You may have questions about pensions and whether these should be retained or shared.

Resolving financial matters upon separation or divorce, to find the best solutions for you and your family, requires specialist advice. Our specialist team of family lawyers understand the complexities of resolving financial matters and will provide you with clear straight forward advice.

They will also give you information about non-court based solutions that could be right for your case such as:-

The collaborative law process

https://cflnortheast.co.uk/

http://www.resolution.org.uk/collaborative

Mediation

http://www.resolution.org.uk/mediation/

Our team also include experienced litigators for cases which have to be resolved by the court.

We believe it is important to have a good working relationship and so we always offer a no obligation initial meeting so you will feel confident and comfortable with our specialist team representing you.

Children

When relationships break down or become difficult, children can often be caught up in adult conflict.

Research shows that children can and will continue to thrive when their parents are able to agree arrangements for them.

Mediation and the Collaborative Law Process are non-court based options that can help you and your ex-partner reach solutions together, that will benefit your children.

However, sometimes it is unfortunately necessary to refer matters to a family court, when negotiations and discussions have broken down.

The Family Team at Kidd & Spoor are specialists who can deal with your matter whether as mediators, collaborative lawyers or representing you in court.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial Agreements, sometimes called Pre-Martial Agreements, are commonly used by the rich and famous.

However, people entering second marriages or people who want to protect their wealth for their children should their marriage fail, can often benefit from making a Pre-Nuptial Agreement.

Planning a wedding can be a lovely experience and you may feel very uncomfortable thinking about what might happen if your relationship does not work out. What we know is almost half of marriages end in divorce. It seems sensible to consider how you can protect your assets in the event of your marriage breaking down. Historically Pre-Nuptial Agreements were not binding and some would say they were not worth the paper they were written on. All of that changed in 2010 when a Supreme Court decided Pre-Nuptial Agreements could be binding, subject to them being fair, properly drawn up and both parties having had full financial disclosure and appropriate good legal advice.

This can be a complicated area of law and our specialist legal team are well placed to advise you on Pre-Nuptial Agreements.

Wills

Statistics tell us that 60% of the adult population don’t have wills, which is a remarkable figure as clearly, we all need one.

Without a will, you have no control over who sorts out your affairs or who gets what from your estate after you’ve died.

With some clear thought and simple planning a carefully drawn will can save you and your loved ones time, money and anxiety. Quite honestly, making a will doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly exercise and more often than not can be concluded relatively quickly.

That said, we must point out that there exists the potential for certain aspects to become fairly complex not least efficient tax planning. Therefore, these matters should not be entrusted to inexperienced, or unregulated operators.

Even if you have a will already you may need a new one! Circumstances change and certain changes can have a major impact on the validity of your will.

We charge a fixed fee for a straight forward will so contact our experienced wills team for a no obligation appointment.

Powers of Attorney

No one expects to become incapable of looking after their own affairs but, regrettably, many people do. A Power of Attorney authorising another person (or persons) to act on your behalf can deal with that possibility.

Creating and operating a Power of Attorney is, however, a specialist task and that’s where Kidd & Spoor can help. We have vast experience in this area and will guarantee that nothing is left to chance.

Expert, professional advice is always to be recommended and our experienced team will explain matters simply; helping you to understand the options and implications involved in various courses of action.

There are two types of power of attorney; one that deals with property and finance and another that deals with health and care. We can explain the difference and provide you with examples of how they both work in practice, and why it is necessary to consider both.

Where a person does not have capacity, a deputy can be appointed.

Clearly everyone’s situation will differ so we invite you to tell us about your own particular circumstances, concerns and issues – let’s see what we can do to help you plan effectively for the future and resolve any problems that may arise.

Court of Protection

The Court of Protection makes decisions for vulnerable people who lack the mental capacity to make them for themselves.

Lack of capacity can arise for a number of reasons, for example because of dementia or a brain injury or because a person lacks capacity from birth.

A deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to manage a person’s affairs and whilst this is usually a family member we can step in and act as a professional deputy if required.

Our team can assist in making an application to the court for a deputyship order and can offer guidance and support regarding all concerns for the wellbeing of a vulnerable person, including making the appropriate application to the court, and urgent and interim applications.

Contact our Court of Protection Team for a no obligation appointment if you are worried about someone’s capacity to manage their own affairs.

Trusts, Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Effective estate planning, in conjunction with a carefully drawn Will, can help to save you and your loved ones time, money and anxiety …. not to mention possible disagreements with the tax man!

It’s never too early to think about protecting your assets and this can be done in a variety of ways; by making a will, creating a trust or taking specialist financial advice.

Are you unsure as to what a trust is or whether you need one?

Put simply a trust is a way of protecting an asset and can be used for items such as houses, savings or specific items such as jewellery.
You can create a stand-alone trust during your lifetime or incorporate a trust into your will.

No two situations are ever the same so we invite you to tell us about your own particular circumstances, concerns and issues – we’ll see what we can do to help you plan effectively for the future and resolve any problems you may foresee.

Our experienced team will explain matters clearly and simply; helping you to understand the pros, cons and implications of the various approaches available. We are also able to identify the need to refer you to other professionals for specialist financial or tax advice if appropriate.

If you wish to enlist our services or have any questions you’d like to ask, please contact us in total confidence to arrange an informal, initial discussion.

Probate and Estate Administration

Whether a person has left a will or not, the process of administering their estate can be complicated and stressful.

Our specialist team can help you deal with the estate of someone who has died in a number of ways.

We can apply for Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration (if there is no will).

We can act as professional executors if appointed in a will or if instructed by the lay executors or personal representatives we can deal with the entire administration of the estate which means we deal with all aspects following a death including registering the death, arranging the funeral, obtaining the correct grant, clearing and selling a property, closing accounts and distributing funds to the beneficiaries.

If the deceased did not leave a will we can provide additional advice to the personal representatives about additional steps that will need to be taken to protect them such as will searches, identifying who is entitled to share in the estate, indemnities and missing beneficiary insurance.

As part of this process we prepare all legal documents including oaths, tax returns and estate accounts.

We usually carry out this kind of work for a fixed fee. Contact our team for an initial no obligation appointment.

Purchase

Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced property developer, buying a property can be an extremely stressful and anxious time. At Kidd & Spoor we feel it is important that our clients understand the process and will always regularly update you throughout the transaction.

There are 3 stages to any purchase:

  1. You will make your offer on the property, usually via an estate agent. Once you have instructed us we will contact the seller’s solicitor to obtain the contract documentation. Following receipt of this we will investigate the title, make any necessary pre-contract enquires and submit your searches. You will also at this stage obtain your formal mortgage offer (if applicable).
  2. Next we will arrange for you to sign the relevant paperwork in connection with your purchase and you will need to transfer deposit funds to us. Contracts are then ‘exchanged’ and pre-completion searches will be carried out and enquires made. You will be required to pay the Land Registry fees and any Stamp Duty prior to completion.
  3. On the day of completion we will transfer the purchase money to your seller’s solicitor, who will confirm receipt and the property will then legally be yours. We will deal with any final administration issues such as paying your Stamp Duty and arranging for the title deeds to be changed.

We place a lot of emphasis on client care and will ensure that you are kept informed of any key updates or issues. Our property lawyers are happy to communicate via email, telephone or by post.