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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - October 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for you and your family, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm, alongside our latest service developments and changes in legislation.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to families and individuals in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm, which prides itself on providing a highly personalised service to clients. 

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

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Number of first-time-buyers hits highest level since 2007


According to data collected by Yorkshire Building Society, the number of people stepping onto the property ladder has reached its highest level since 2007.

The figures revealed that first-time buyer (FTB) numbers reached 170,080 in the first half of 2019, a figure representing a three per cent rise on the same period during the previous year.

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Rising number of parents take legal action over ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ loans


An increasing number of parents are taking legal action to get their money back following the Bank of Mum and Dad (BOMAD) loans to help their children buy their own home.

Recent research has found that there are 12-15 cases each month of parents taking their adult children and their partners to court to recover their money.

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Same-sex partners unaware of legal rights, study reveals


More than one in three (33 per cent) members of the LGBTQ+ community wrongly believe that they would be entitled to a share of their cohabiting partner’s estate if they were to die, a report has revealed.

The finding has been published as part of a new study into the financial and marital status of same-sex partners.

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UK residents could be breaking the law without knowing


A new survey involving 2,000 homeowners and tenants in the UK, has found that over half of residents could be accidentally breaking the law by trimming their neighbours garden bush without permission.

The research was conducted by shed and log cabin retailer Tiger Sheds. They found that over half (52 per cent) admitted they would chop down a neighbour’s tree or bush without permission if it was growing into their garden or without knowing the property boundaries.

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The number of people setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney doubles to almost four million


Applications for registration of lasting powers of attorney have doubled to 3,850,000 in the last three years, allowing more people to take control of the affairs of a loved one in the event of ill health.

In excess of 800,000 applications were made in the first four months of 2019, according to official data from the Office of the Public Guardian, which is a part of the Ministry of Justice.

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Vote for Hethertons at the Minster FM awards!


We are delighted to reveal that our firm has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Legal/Financial/EstateAgent Service’category at the Minster FM Listeners Choice Awards

Now we need you to help us achieve this accolade by voting for our firm.

The next round of voting closes on Friday 18 October at 5pm

Thank you for your continued support.

Please click here to submit your vote


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