Landlord ordered to pay for sub-standard home

A rogue landlord from Plumstead has been ordered to pay £4,000 after he left an elderly couple’s home in an “appalling” state with insufficient heating and major mould. The home was investigated by environmental health officers who found the heating could not go above 16 degrees. Other concerns were found including broken electric storage heaters,

The Tick Box Divorce

Divorcing couples will be asked to fill a tick box form online detailing the money and assets they each want under sweeping plans to streamline the system. The newly-established ‘Financial Remedies Courts’ will then use the ten-page document to rule on the financial side of a divorce. The form allows spouses to tick boxes asking

Battle over mother’s £1.8m estate

Three brothers are battling over their late mother’s £1.8million will, a court has heard. Rachel Heath left her sons Jeremy, Timothy and Dominic equal shares of her fortune when she died in October 2015, aged 93. Timothy Heath, however, is fighting for a larger share of the money, claiming he was an “unpaid carer” for

Co-op launches even quicker online divorce service

Couples seeking “quickie divorces” can hasten the process with a new online service launched by the Co-op. The fixed-fee digital service from Co-op Legal Services allows people to start uncontested divorces online from home, supported by phone-based advice from experienced solicitors. Co-op already offers online wills and powers of attorney. Co-op estimates the service could cut the

Online Probate Service opens up

The Probate Service will now accept personal applications online, providing they meet certain criteria. The Probate Service has said the online application form will continue to be developed to cover a broader range of probate applications in the future. Personal applications can be made online if only one executor is applying, if there is an

Divorce and the Bitcoin

The digital currency, Bitcoin, will be considered like any other asset in divorce proceedings in England and Wales. According to as Bitcoin, like stocks will fluctuate, the value of Bitcoin to be considered in the proceedings would have to be determined by a judge. This valuation is likely to be made for the point

Cost of divorce hits £14,500

According to a new report, the average cost of a marital breakdown is £14,500. Aviva’s Family Finances report found that the cost of divorce has increased 17% since 2014 when divorces in the UK cost, on average, £12,432. Aviva added that increases to legal bills were partly behind the rising divorce costs seen in recent