Archive for December, 2012

How to Take Care of Your Pets After Your Death

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How to Take Care of Your Pets After Your Death

How to Take Care of Your Pets After Your Death Many people will have read the recent reports of a 67-year-old lady, Marlene Howes, who was prosecuted for allegedly fraudulently claiming pension tax credits and for allegedly concealing that she had received a £50,000 legacy under her mother’s will. Mrs Howes’ defence was that her mother had left her the legacy to be held in trust for the care of her mother’s many Persian cats. The case may have caused some people to wonder how to provide for their pets’ ongoing care in the event of their death. As an animal is not a legal entity capable of owning or holding cash or property of any kind, it is not possible to leave money directly to your pet. Pet owners who are lucky enough to have relatives or friends prepared to ... Read more

Squatters – What to Do Now

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Squatters – What to Do Now

Squatters – What to Do Now Although it has been widely reported that recent changes to the law make squatting in residential premises a criminal offence for the first time, this is not strictly true. Refusing to leave a property when requested by a ‘displaced residential occupier’ has been a criminal offence for more than 30 years, and the theft of someone else’s electricity etc. and causing damage to a property are also criminal acts. The new laws on squatting only apply to residential buildings, not land in general, and they only apply to those who are living or intending to live in the property in which they squat, not to transient occupiers. If a property you own is occupied by squatters, persuading the police to take action can be a difficult job and it is crucially important to be able to ... Read more