Have your cake and eat it too

On 22 August 2018 we hosted a Cake Sale in our front garden to raise funds for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. We are very pleased to confirm that we raised a fantastic £321.46. Meadows Ryan Solicitors is proudly matching the total funds raised, which takes the total up to £642.92. We would like to…

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Meadows Ryan Solicitors are proud to renew Junior Sponsorship

Longstanding Club members Peter Meadows and Piers Meadows, through Meadows Ryan Solicitors, are very pleased to renew their successful sponsorship of the junior section of St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club.  The sponsorship of the firm assists with the funding of the full and varied programme for the thriving junior section at the Club.  There…

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Japanese Knotweed: A Firm Warning

A recent Court of Appeal Judgment has given a firm warning to owners of land that contains Japanese Knotweed. The plant, which has been in the country for over a century, is abundant in green spaces, but causes severe problems for landowners when it encroaches upon built up areas. It has been known to be…

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HM Land Registry Introduces New Property Alert Service

In the wake of a number of high profile property fraud cases, the Land Registry has recently introduced a new, free service for monitoring activity on properties. This service, developed to aid with fraud prevention, will alert you by email whenever certain activities such as searches or applications are made to the register of a…

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Is the divorce system in need of updating?

On 17 May, the Supreme Court heard its first case on divorce itself (Owens v Owens [UKSC 2017/0077]). The case has reignited the debate over the current divorce system in England and Wales which has been in place since 1973. In this case, the husband successfully defended his wife’s divorce petition on the grounds that…

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Probate Perils: the Importance of Representation

The responsibilities of Personal Representatives in the administration of an estate are a burden easily taken for granted, simply conferred by a will and happily taken on by a well-intentioned friend or family member of the deceased. In rare cases, however, the obligation can have dire consequences. A recent case involving Inheritance Tax liability (Harris…

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Trial By Trivia

Meadows Ryan Solicitors proudly hosted our ‘Trial By Trivia’ Quiz Night on 11 April 2018 at St Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club. We had a fantastic turnout, with over sixty participants. The winning team, ‘Just In Time’, showed their extensive general knowledge with their impressive winning score. We are very pleased to confirm that we…

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Nuptial Agreements: how to protect your assets

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics highlights that the marriage rate for women over the age of 65 has increased by 56% in recent years, suggesting that, for some, marriage is as much about financial security as it is about love. One of the biggest financial concerns facing couples who decide to marry…

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Lasting Power of Attorney refund claim

The Government has launched a scheme to enable people to claim back part of the application fee paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to register Lasting Powers of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017. The claim can be made by the person making the Power of Attorney (the Donor)…

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Draft Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 published

The Government has published the second Finance Bill of 2017 which had its second reading in the House of Commons last week. The proposals contain a raft of legislation which were excluded from the first Finance Bill which was shortened in view of the snap election. From a private client perspective, the main proposals are…

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