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New Year, New Decade, Old Landlord and Tenant Issues

Usman Anwar
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There can be a number of risks for landlords when renting out a residential property such as tenants breaching the terms of an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, rent arrears and alleged claims by a tenant that the landlord failed to provide key documents...

Potholes can lead to injuries for pedestrians and cyclists

Ian Wolstenhulme
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The number of potholes and the lack of repairs is a common topic of conversation this time of year. Our roads take quite a battering with increased rain, cold temperatures, salt treatments for icy weather with many new potholes appearing and existing ones...

Divorce 'blame game' to end

Lucinda McWatt
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Divorce ‘blame game’ to end Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame one another for the breakdown of their marriage as a Bill that seeks to reduce family conflict enters Parliament again. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill...

Key steps to maximise your allowances before the end of the tax year

Sarah Finnigan
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The tax year will be coming to an end on 5th April. With that deadline in mind, we wanted to remind our clients of all the allowances available to you during the tax year. It’s important to make sure you’re maximising your allowance in all areas...

Veganuary - is it worth giving it a go?

Susan Mayall
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Veganuary  - is it worth giving it a go? At the start of a new year many people evaluate their diets and many have started to take up the Veganuary trend. This is where people have a plant-based approach to eating based on a trend of going Vegan for...

Why you must make sure your Will is accessible

Joanne Jones
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Do you know where your Will is? Even more importantly, do the people who will act as your executors, in the event of your death, know where your Will is stored?   The recent discovery at Lloyds Banking Group that 9,000 Wills had been left in...

January Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The end of the decade saw the US/China trade dispute continue to make plenty of headlines. However with Donald Trump signing a long-awaited ‘phase one’ agreement on 15th January, it appears 2020 could see tensions ease. Trump is currently due to...

Solicitors choose Maggies as Charity of the Year

Suzanne Wright
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Maggie’s Oldham has been chosen as charity of the year 2020 by staff at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers and over 12 months the firm will be raising money, volunteering and taking part in a whole host of sponsored events to boost the cancer...

New year, new decade, new approach to your finances?

Kimberley Sykes
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You may have already made some New Year’s resolutions regarding healthy eating and exercise but could your finances do with slimming down too? The start of a new year, not to mention a new decade, is a great time to review your financial situation,...

Start the new Decade with your Finances in Order

Joanne Jones
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If you’re looking to start 2020 with your finances in order it is important to consider making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – legal documents which allow you to nominate people you trust to make decisions for you, should you ever become...

Divorce Day - Dark Day for Love

Lucinda McWatt
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It’s not a myth that the first Monday back at work in the New Year is known by divorce lawyers as ‘Divorce Day’. It’s their busiest day of the year when traditionally they field more enquiries from couples who are not happy in their...

Christmas Holidays - Time for Property Searching

Gillian Hawley
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Christmas Holidays – time for Property Searching but don’t be bah humbug - make it a smooth move Moving house in the New Year might be your 2020 resolution, but the Christmas holiday season is a popular time to search for new houses. ...

Be Safe this Christmas

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The holiday season is here! For those that celebrate Christmas everyone is getting excited to share in the holiday spirit. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and whilst you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of...

Be Safe at Christmas

Ian Wolstenhulme
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The holiday season is here! For those that celebrate Christmas everyone is getting excited to share in the holiday spirit. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and whilst you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of...

Solicitors Spread Good Cheer Across Oldham this Christmas

Joanne Ormston
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The Christmas spirit was alive and well across all the Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers offices this week as staff donated crates and crates of goodies to the Oldham Foodbank. This the 5 th year the law firm have generously supported the local...

A 'Stonking Majority' but what will Boris Johnson do with it?

Richard Eastwood
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Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the UK on 24th July, defeating Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative leadership race and famously declaring that ‘do or die’ the UK would leave the European Union on 31st October. Parliament and the courts had...

Solicitors Play Santa to Senior

Suzanne Wright
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Solicitors from Pearson law firm have been collecting gifts and wrapping them up ready for a Christmas delivery to elderly people across the area who may not get a visitor or a gift this festive season. Working with Home Instead, a care provider across...

4 savvy tips when Christmas shopping

Richard Eastwood
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Christmas seems to come round earlier and earlier each year. Retailers start tempting ‘early gifters’ as soon as the Back to School stock has disappeared. And competitive Christmas light displays begin appearing in some neighbourhoods from as...

Why it pays to shop around for insurance

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With so many options out there, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and remain with your current insurance provider. It can also be quite a hassle to trawl the internet for that perfect deal. However, recent research by the FCA has found that taking the...

Pre-Election Thoughts

Richard Eastwood
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The manifestos have been published, the battle lines have been drawn Next Thursday December 12 th , the UK will go to the polls in the first December General Election since 1923. In that election, the Conservatives, led by Stanley Baldwin, won the most...

Celebrating our Volunteering Staff

Bridget Batty
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Thursday 5 December is International Volunteer Day.  A day to raise awareness of and to gain an understanding of how people used their skills and knowledge within their communities on a voluntary basis. At Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers a...

How the gender gap even affects children's pensions

Kimberley Sykes
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We’re familiar with the gender gap in pensions for adults but there is evidence that this actually starts much earlier on. According to data from HMRC, parents and grandparents are more likely to save into a boy’s pension than a girl’s. A...

Carrying Holiday Over When an Employee is Sick

Susan Mayall
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Recent case law states that if an employee is sick, annual leave in excess of the 4 week period under the EU Working Time Directive, does not have to be carried forward to the next year. This time of year many staff are often using up annual leave, with...

Dangerous Prescription Mix-Up by High Street Pharmacy

Gemma Miller
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Dangerous Prescription Mix-Up by High Street Pharmacy A pharmacy gave the wrong medication to our client resulting in a £2,800 settlement after she had serious side-effects from being given anti-psychotic drugs instead of cramp medication. Ms H...

December Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The beginning of November saw the World Trade Organisation authorise China to put $3.6bn (£2.8bn) of tariffs on US goods. The following week it was reported that a potential trade deal between the two countries could see tariffs ‘rolled...

A Worry for Divorcing Parents at Christmas

Lucinda McWatt
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Christmas is a time for family, but when yours is splitting apart it can also be a terrible time but with some organisation and planning it can still be a special time for everyone. Children are at the heart of the festive season and it’s often the...

HoHoHo or NoNoNo, Employers Beware it's Christmas Party Time

Susan Mayall
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It’s here already! This time of year businesses of all sizes are gearing up for the annual Christmas party, but without appearing to be a bah humbug employment solicitors are advising business owners to beware and make sure they’re not facing...

Common Law Marriage is a Myth

Emma Kendall
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Co habiting couples make up the fastest growing family type in this country but unfortunately the law as it stands doesn’t recognise these couples in the same way as those who are married or in a civil partnership. This is Resolutions’...

Be Safe on the Roads this Winter

Ian Wolstenhulme
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With the onset of sub-zero temperatures and frosty weather there is no time like Road Safety Awareness Week to remind people to be safe on the roads this winter. This is Road Safety Week – a week co-ordinated by Brake.  At the launch of their...

Contesting a Will

Laura Pracy
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When writing a Will, people leave things to loved ones to recognise the special place they had in their lives, or as a thank you for what they did. Whether it is spouses, partners, children, grandchildren, other relatives, friends or charities people can...

Divorce Changes on Back Burner Again

Lucinda McWatt
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As Parliament has been dissolved and politicians turn their minds to canvassing ahead of the General Election the business of Government and changes to the law have been put on the back burner and this will have an effect on the progress of the Divorce Bill....

Social Media - are Employers liable for Employee Activity?

Susan Mayall
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According to the Equality Act 2010 , Under Section 109(1), employers usually take on the legal liability of any acts carried out by their employees during the course of their work. Recently we’ve come across a case where the company was cleared of...

November Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The beginning of October brought us the Conservative Party conference and a plethora of promises and fiery speeches. Meanwhile world stock markets were tumbling on fears of a global sell-off and the US/Europe tariff war joining the US/China dispute. By the...

Dr Kershaw's Hospice appoints new Trustee

Joanne Jones
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Joanne Jones, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers has been appointed as a trustee on the Board of Trustees for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Based in Royton, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides a...

Darker Nights: Danger for Road Safety

Ian Wolstenhulme
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Now that British Summer Time has officially ended with the clocks going back last week it brings darker evenings. As we all adjust to the evenings drawing in and the days being shorter many of us will only be driving our cars in the darker hours until next...

Cancer in the Workplace

Victoria Schofield
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As part of a partnership with Maggies Oldham solicitors from Pearson will be presenting a ‘Cancer in the Workplace’ workshop at the Oldham hospital centre. Identifying employment rights for patients, as well as helping provide practical advice...

Making sure you're on track to retain your lifestyle in retirement

Richard Eastwood
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Do you feel like you just go to work day in, day out, with the weeks quickly turning to months and the months to years?     If that’s the case, you may be going through life with a vague notion that your pension contributions will...

Sandwich Generation: Financial Planning

Richard Eastwood
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Building wealth and reaching financial independence is not always easy to achieve and it gets more and more difficult when you’re sandwiched. Financial Planning on a Multigenerational Level We often hear the term sandwich generation but what does...

Back to 60 campaigners fight on

Joanne Jones
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The campaigning group, Back to 60, has lost their fight at the High Court to seek redress for the inequality around the state pension age, which affects women who were born in the 1950s.    The group was claiming that the increase in the...

Brexit and your Business

Christopher Burke
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Yesterday was the day when we could have been leaving the European Union and UK business activity affected forever. Instead, we now have Brexmas when the United Kingdom will be having a general election on 12 December. So how will the General Election...

The impact of climate change fears on ethical investing

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As pressure mounts on governments and financial institutions to do more to combat climate change, the demand for ethical investment opportunities is on the rise.  Triodos Bank’s annual impact investing survey has found that nearly half (45%) of...

The popularity of equity release is growing, but is this a good move?

Gillian Hawley
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Equity release is no longer the niche lending area it once was with more and more homeowners over 55 choosing to release cash tied up in their homes and there are few signs of this trend subsiding. Lending in 2018 increased by 27% compared to the previous...

1 in 4 say they would consider Contesting a Will

Laura Pracy
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More people are going to court to challenge Wills because they feel they have been unfairly left out. Nationally, research shows that one in four people would go to court to contest a Will . While we are not necessarily seeing those numbers, there has...

Property Searches For Commercial Property Leases

Ben Tatters
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As a business expands or indeed starts up new commercial premises become a necessity, but there is a big difference between commercial and residential leases and as it’s one of the biggest overheads a business often has after wages it’s important...

End to Uncertainty for Grieving Families

Hannah Pearson
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Plans for the government to increase probate fees have been reversed and welcomed by our solicitors. Probate - the legal authority to take control of someone's finances when they die - used to take up to 10 days to be granted by the court. If the...

Age is a Question of Mind Over Matter in Tribunal Case

Victoria Schofield
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In the light of a recent out of court settlement when an 86 year old sued the NHS for Age Discrimination employers need to be aware of their procedures and policies, especially as we have an ageing work force and people wanting to work into their 70s and...

Being Prepared for Later Life

Joanne Jones
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Sadly we sometimes come across cases where elderly people have no option but to spend their life savings on care homes fees, but often some professional advice could limit or even prevent this. A case which hit the news recently highlights what can go...

Memorial Service for Bereaved Families

Jacqueline White
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Oldham Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity based at Royal Oldham Hospital run by team of trained volunteers who visit bereaved people in their own homes or by appointment at The Whiteside Centre.  Their aim to offer support to those who...

Later Life Marriage, Divorce and Finances

Emma Kendall
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A later life relationship can be a new start, but those entering should give careful consideration to pensions, inheritance, property and most of all finances. There are steps that can be taken to protect these assets and these are often the main source of...

Ticking Things Off Your To Do List - Making a Will

Zoe Johnson
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As the nights draw in and we begin to think forward to Christmas there might still be some things that need ticking off your 2019 to do list and making a Will could be one of them. Almost 75% of people do not have an up to date Will, or have even started to...