Wills witnessed over Zoom to be legalised

Wills witnessed over Zoom and Skype are to be legalised, as the government ushers in a major overhaul of probate legislation in the wake of Covid-19. New rules will allow testators’ signatures to be witnessed using video conferencing software, such as Zoom, Facetime and Skype. Once a will has been signed by the testator it…

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Stamp Duty

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced a stamp duty holiday for buyers which will run until 31 March 2021. This means that buyers will pay no Stamp Duty on the first £500k when they move home, meaning the average stamp duty bill will fall by £4,500. The proposals to exempt most homebuyers from paying any stamp…

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Meadows Ryan Property Team

While Meadows Ryan Solicitors continued to operate remotely during the full government lockdown, we are pleased to announce that our offices are now open with a limited number of our team working at 56 Church Street Weybridge and the remainder of our staff working remotely.  We are able to offer a full service to our…

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Property Alert

It has been just over two months since life as we knew it changed due to Coronavirus (Covid-19). During this pandemic, many of us have self-isolated in our homes, leaving businesses and properties unoccupied. This allows fraudsters to take full advantage of the situation to make money. Property Fraud is extremely attractive to fraudsters as…

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Time extensions to comply with directions

Compliance with time limits is of paramount importance and failure to comply with directions with specified time limits may result in sanctions being imposed.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ministry of Justice introduced a new Practice Direction 51ZA (Extension of time limits and clarification of PD 51Y) with effect from 2 April 2020.…

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Acting for developers in the purchase of land for residential development

There are several types of purchase Contracts.  These are either unconditional Contracts, Options to purchase or Contracts conditional upon obtaining planning permission and, on some occasions, defective title indemnity insurance in respect of restrictive covenants which might prevent development or to cover the absence of easements in respect of rights of way or utility services.…

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MEADOWS RYAN – EIGHTY YEARS OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY

We are very proud to celebrate our 80th anniversary this year. It was back in 1940, during the height of the Second World War, that Charlie Mason set up Mason & Co. solicitors in Surbiton and McNamara Ryan established his firm in Weybridge. In 1976, Peter Meadows, Senior Partner, founded Meadows & Co, also in…

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