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Glyn qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and joined Bennett Welch in 1983. He has been a partner since 1985 and is head of our property department. Glyn specialises in all areas of property law. For many years he has also dealt extensively with leasehold reform matters and he is recognised as being one of the few genuine experts operating in this highly complex area of law.

Douglas qualified as a solicitor and Notary Public in 1980. After working in the West Country for a number of years he moved to Bennett Welch in 1991, becoming a partner in 1994 and a consultant in 2018. He has also been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since its inception in 1993. Douglas specialises in Wills, Trusts and Probates as well as advising elderly clients, including the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Public Guardianship matters.

Dee qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and joined Bennett Welch the same year. She became a partner in 2013. Dee specialises in wills, trusts and probate and elderly client advice including the preparation of legal powers of attorney and public relationship matters.
Highlights

read more › We have a wide range of experience in the preparation of Wills from the simplest to the most complex. Every detail is personally tailored to suit your individual needs. We are able to offer you advice for those difficult areas such as second marriages and Inheritance Tax. We will also offer advice with regard to lifetime planning for elderly clients to assist in preventing or reducing problems arising at a later date by assisting the older person, their families and their carers. For added security and peace of mind, we will store your Will and title deeds in our secure strongroom at no charge.

read more › Buying your home is the single most important investment that you will make in your lifetime. There is only one opportunity to get it right. Get it wrong and you may find it difficult to sell for its full value or to raise a mortgage later. Residential conveyancing (buying and selling houses and flats) gives rise to more negligence claims each year than to any other legal activity. Bennett Welch's Our Looking After Number One Guarantee policy means that your sale or purchase will be handled at all stages of the transaction by one of our specialist solicitors.

read more › Bennett Welch has substantial experience in dealing with a wide range of commercial property transactions. We act for clients including commercial and private clients - from retailers to fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses, developers and investors. We have a practical and commercial approach in helping you to complete your property transactions quickly and efficiently and we look for innovative solutions to deal with any problems that may arise during your transaction. Our specialist solicitors Tom Mead or Glyn Crews an assist you with your commercial property matters.

read more › We are one of the leading firms of solicitors specialising in leasehold reform and we have helped thousands of our clients to extend the leases of their flats and purchase the freeholds of their buildings. If you would like to extend your lease and purchase the freehold of your building please contact Glyn Crews on [email protected] or on 020 8670 6141.

read more › When relationships break down it is always a difficult time. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and vulnerable. Help from an expert and sympathetic advisor can protect you and if you have children, your children's interests. We aim to resolve any disputes while preserving your dignity, avoiding confrontation and encouraging agreement. We believe that the interests of children should come first and are the key to reaching an agreement between parents. In the majority of cases, contested proceedings at Court can and should be avoided.

read more › We have extensive experience of advising on all types of disputes that can arise in relation to Wills and Estates. Will disputes can arise when the validity of the Will is in question. This may be due to undue influence, lack of capacity, or a failure to comply with legal requirements. We act for clients on both sides of such disputes. Sometimes beneficiaries are unhappy with the conduct of the executors or administrators of an estate. In these situations we can apply to Court on behalf of a beneficiary to ensure that they properly perform their duties, and if necessary, are removed from their office.

read more › Your interests and the interests of those you want to protect by instructing us are our sole concern. We do not have, and will not allow, any arrangements with anyone else that might compromise this. It really should be easy. If you instruct a solicitor, you expect that you are Number One. Unfortunately, that assumption is often wrong. All too many solicitors have entered into arrangements that interfere with this basic right. With all too many law firms much legal work is dealt with by people who have no legal training whatsoever and are not solicitors, or other suitably qualified persons (chartered legal executives or licensed conveyancers).

read more › Our reputation is built upon the quality of the work carried out by our fee earners. We pride ourselves not just on our technical skills and knowledge but also upon our ability to anticipate and solve our clients' problems. We are always interested to hear from enthusiastic, talented, hard working and creative individuals who want the opportunity to provide a first class service to our clients. If you share our values and you believe you have something to offer our clients then we would like to hear from you.

read more › The short answer is that it's the only way to be sure your possessions will be shared out according to your wishes. Despite this, nearly two thirds of us die without making a Will. There are many misunderstandings about making a Will. Many people believe everything automatically passes to their husband, wife or partner, and that making a Will is expensive and not worth the time or money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's the law as it stands at the moment and a few good reasons why it's a good idea to make a Will.

read more › At Bennett Welch we understand that the cost of legal advice and representation is often a major concern when couples separate. In order to help, we offer fixed fees for the process of divorce or civil partnership dissolution and different levels of service depending on the needs and wishes of our clients. It is worth paying for good quality and expert legal advice when you separate. Family law is complicated and it is all too easy to make mistakes if you do not have a Solicitor advising who specialises in this work.

read more › Planning for the future can be very important and all too frequently it is ignored until it is too late. Allows you to choose the person you wish to administer your affairs in the event of mental incapacity, which can not only affect the elderly - an accident or serious illness can have the same effect. A Living Will or Advance Directive, although not as effective as a lasting Power of Attorney can record your wishes with respect to certain medical procedures in the event of mental incapacity. Recording your beliefs can be invaluable for your family when they are faced with a difficult decision with regard to your health or medical treatment.

read more › Eventually, your flat will become unmortgagable and difficult to sell. Silly as it may sound, a lease with less than 80 years left to run is now regarded as being "short" and even leases with 90 years left may be difficult to sell. A building contains 3 flats, 2 are held on leases granted for terms exceeding 21 years by the same person and the other is held on a tenancy granted by the freeholder. Dependent upon whether leases have more or less than 80 years left to run and upon whether all of the qualifying tenants participate, the calculations will involve capitalising ground rents, "marriage value" and even "hope value".

read more › Fact (ii) above is often referred to as "unreasonable behaviour". The behaviour of your husband/wife does not have to be directed at you. For example, if they have committed a criminal offence this could be regarded as unreasonable behaviour. Unreasonable behaviour can include low-level behaviour over a period of time. What constitutes unreasonable behaviour will vary depending on the circumstances of your marriage. This depends on when you found out about the adultery. You cannot base a divorce petition on adultery if you have lived with your husband/wife for more than six months after discovering it.

read more › It is almost always best to negotiate an agreement regarding matrimonial assets on divorce. This avoids contested proceedings at Court and the associated extra stress, uncertainty and costs. However, only the Court can dismiss claims between spouses arising from a marriage. Consequently, a Court Order is required to achieve finality. A negotiated settlement should be turned into an agreed form of Order (a "Consent Order") for approval by the Court. The law is the same whether you and your spouse are negotiating or a contested application is issued at Court, so the guidance as to the law in the following questions applies in both situations.

read more › Bereavement is difficult enough, but sometimes disputes arise regarding a Will or inheritance. We can advise regarding your position, and help you resolve the dispute, including applying to the Court if necessary. The value of assets at stake in a dispute can be high, especially when there are valuable properties involved. There are also emotional factors following a death. Expert and sympathetic advice is required to deal with problems in a cost-effective way. Problems should be addressed without delay as soon as they are discovered, and some applications to the Court have time limits, so it is important to obtain advice without delay.

read more › Disputes can arise when those close to someone who has died cannot agree on how the deceased's estate is to be administered and, sometimes, who is to administer the estate. We can register a "caveat" at the Probate Registry to prevent the issue of a grant of probate or letters of administration (the official documents required before an estate can be administered). This allows time for the investigation of problems and attempts to negotiate a solution. If you are appointed as an executor of an estate by the deceased's Will, or apply for Letters of Administration if there is no Will, but are prevented from obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration because someone has entered a caveat against the estate, we can apply for "warning off".

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