Using Mediation to Resolve Disputes

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need to go to Court.  It involves an independant third party, a mediator, who helps both sides come to an agreement. It is appropriate to consider mediation at all stages and not to dismiss mediation out of hand. What to mediate and when is important

Unmarried Couples – The Importance of Making a Will

Many people do not realise that unmarried couples are not recognised in law – there is no such thing as a “common law” spouse. This means that if you have been in a long term relationship for a number of years but have not married, you may have no legal right to your partner’s assets

Holiday Entitlement and Sickness Absence

Would you recognise an employee’s full entitlement to holiday pay if they had been away from work continuously on sick leave for say, two years? Employers have faced uncertain times in recent years when deciding how to implement their annual leave policies. The House of Lords decided in 2009 in the case of Stringer, following directions

Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 came into force on 1 October 2011. The aim is to give agency workers an entitlement to a limited form of equal treatment with permanent workers. Agency workers should be placed in the same position (in terms of basic working conditions) as equivalent permanent staff, but this is subject to

MKB Solicitors Provides Free Will Service to Help Macmillan Cancer Support

MKB Solicitors have joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to exclusively offer a free will-writing service during November to the people of Barnsley.  For a limited time only, MKB Solicitors will waive their fees for clients willing to make a voluntary donation of £50.00 per Will created to Macmillan Cancer Support. 97% of Macmillan’s funding comes from

MKB Solicitors LLP Secure Law Society’s New Quality Mark

MKB Solicitors LLP has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. MKB Solicitors LLP underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process. Law Society

A Guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney

It is important to consider what would happen in the future if you no longer had the mental capacity or physical ability to look after your own affairs. We would, of course, all like to retain full control for the entirety of our life if this were possible.  It is, however, prudent to consider all

What To Do When Someone Dies …

The death of a family member or a close friend can be an extremely difficult time.  Dealing with the financial affairs following the death of someone close to you can seem like a daunting task.  It can seem very difficult to know where to start whilst you are still grieving for that person. Initially, the

Challenging the Validity of a Will

In the recent case of Suggitt v Suggitt & Anor [2011] EWHC 903(Ch)(23rd April 2011) it was held by the High Court that if you have relied on a promise made to you that you will gain a particular asset upon the death of that person and the person then makes a Will contradicting this,