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Re-Launch of the Devonalds & Barnardo's FREE WILL SCHEME!

Joel Evans
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We’re delighted to officially announce the re-launch of our partnership with Barnardo’s. Under the scheme, if you or your partner are aged over 55, then you can have a standard Will or pair of Wills made completely free of charge. H ow does...

Urgent Deadline to claim back care home fees in Wales

Abbi Williams
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Urgent October 2017 Deadline to Claim Back Wrongly Paid Care Home Fees in Wales Paying or paid care home fees? You could be due a refund! It is commonly misunderstood that residents of care homes must automatically pay for their own fees. If you or a...

Maintaining relationships with your children after separation

Claire Morgan
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When parents split up the questions about where your children will live and how will each parent get to spend time with them will naturally arise.  It is important to keep your children informed about what you are planning and listen to their opinions...

It's not all about the money...

Gerald Evans
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One of the first things you may think of if you are unfortunately injured due to the fault of someone else is “how much compensation would I be entitled to”. Whilst getting you the correct compensation is always important to us and we will work...

Paying for Permanent Residential/Nursing Care

Abbi Williams
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Making the step to place a relative into a care home can be an extremely difficult time for families. What can make this even more difficult is not understanding how your relative’s care home fees will be funded, what help they may be entitled to and...

Landlords - is the notice you have served on your tenant valid?

Lauren Powell
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Landlords, are your Section 21 Notices Valid? The Effect of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 Every Landlord will at one stage find them self in a situation where they require possession of their property back from a Tenant. One option is to follow the...

What happens to my 'online life' after my death?

Joel Evans
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What happens to my ‘online life’ after my death? More and more of our lives are spent online. Your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; your online banking accounts; your photos and videos stored in ‘the cloud’; or your...

Help! I've lost the title deeds to my house!

Rhian Derrick
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“Help! I can’t find my title deeds, what happens now?” You’ve searched the house high and low and still can’t find the title deeds, what can be done? This can be a daunting position to find yourself in, but here at Devonalds...

Why use a solicitor to sell your business?

Alex Kilby
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It is essential to take correct and accurate legal advice to avoid any comeback and any ongoing liability once you have disposed of your business. Here at Devonalds we have years of experience of dealing with all manner of business matters, so get in touch...

Workplace Injuries: What are my Rights?

Alex Kilby
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As the saying goes, accidents happen. But the workplace can be an especially hazardous place: in 2015/16 a staggering 621,000 workplace accidents were reported. Every employer, big or small, has a certain set of responsibilities to keep their employees safe...

Five Secrets of Buying a Residential Property At Auction

Alex Kilby
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Buying a property at auction is becoming increasingly popular in the UK residential property market.  Because once the hammer falls, the sale is done, auction sales can create more excitement than buying a home via a listing with an estate agent or...

Divorce and financial matters

Claire Morgan
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You may think that that dealing with your own divorce or dissolution of civil partnership is easier and more cost effective than instructing a Solicitor to deal with it for you. Unfortunately the opposite can be the case.  You may think that once the...

Getting a Divorce: First Steps to Take

Sian Roberts
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You’ve got your reasons; you’ve made up your mind – but what happens next? When you’ve made the decision to seek a divorce, the path ahead can feel incredibly daunting. We’ve put together a quick guide on what to expect from...

Will Disputes on the Rise

Alex Kilby
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When someone passes away, their Will acts as a guide to how their assets will be distributed, and it is the responsibility of the executor to carry out these wishes. For the majority of cases, all goes to plan and the estate is settled as set out in the...

Personal Injury Claims and Third Party Capture - what is it?

Gerald Evans
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Third Party Capture Third party capture is the situation where an Insurer attempts to persuade an injured person to settle a claim directly with the insurer and not to use a Solicitor. When you contact your insurance company and report an accident, they...

Why You Should Prepare A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

Joel Evans
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Assessing risk has never been a strength of humans. To borrow the lyrics from the classic ‘Sunscreen’ song - Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Quindon Tarver: The real troubles in your life are apt to be things That never...

Happy 35th Birthday to Devonalds!

Joel Evans
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So, today April 1st marks the 35th Birthday of Devonalds Solicitors - April fools day! Devonalds was founded in 1982 by the late Mr D Lyn Devonald, with the first office being opened in Porth on the 1st April.  Our longest serving member and current...

Top Five Tips On Avoiding Pitfalls When Buying Your First Home

Alex Kilby
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Purchasing your first home is incredibly exciting but also a little daunting.  This is, after all, one of the biggest purchases you will ever make.  At Devonalds Solicitors we want to share in the happiness of buying your first home, making the...

Cohabitation Agreements - protecting yourself for the future

Jenna Bayliss
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Unmarried Couples and Families Statistics show that over six million people now live together as a couple in the UK without being married. People often think that couples who have been living together for a long period of time are ‘common...

Top Five Actions To Take If You Have Been In a Road Traffic Accident

Alex Kilby
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Many people have been involved in a road traffic accident at some point in their lives, be it a rear-end shunt or being knocked off their bike as a child.  Even a minor road traffic accident can leave you badly shaken.  But moderate/severe events...

Why You Should Use a Solicitor for Your Will - and Avoid a DIY Disaster!

Alex Kilby
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We can all appreciate the value of a bit of Do-It-Yourself. It can be a great way to save some money on things you’d normally have to pay a professional for. But as many have found out through DIY disasters, sometimes it could have been better to get a...

Government Housing White Paper published - What does it mean for me?

Alex Kilby
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The Government’s long-awaited white paper titled ‘Fixing Our Broken Housing Market’ was finally published recently, met with a lot of analysis and a fairly mixed reaction. “A housing market that works for everyone” is the...

How to limit the impact of divorce on children

Stevey-Leigh Radford
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Divorce can be an emotional and all assuming experience but it is important not to overlook what is most important to you – your children. There is a wealth of information and research on the impact of divorce on children and although it is usually...

Do you need a Divorce? Devonalds are here to help.

Abbi Williams
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Whether you and your partner have agreed amicably to separate or you have been unfortunate to be involved in a harsh separation, 2017 could be the year to get yourself sorted and have a fresh start for the future. Here at Devonalds, we offer a fixed fee...

Renting out a Property: What are your obligations as a Landlord?

Alex Kilby
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There are around 2 million private landlords across the UK, renting out approximately 5 million properties. It can certainly be an excellent source of income, but letting out a property is not without its legal responsibilities. Every residential landlord in...

5 Things You Might Not Know About Divorce

Claire Morgan
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Going through a divorce is undeniably one of the most stressful things you’ll have to deal with. If you’ve never been through it before, it can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone – in 2014, there were 111,169 divorces in England...

First-time Buyers Guide to Conveyancing

Alex Kilby
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Getting ready to take that first step onto the property ladder is a very exciting time. But if you’re new to buying property, it can often feel like there’s a lot to take in, and conveyancing can certainly seem like a bit of a mystery for some...

Shake The Salt to keep paths clear this Winter

Joel Evans
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Devonalds Solicitors have teamed up with ‘SHOUT’, the Bridgend Over 50’s group, to give pensioners containers of special salt to sprinkle over their paths and driveways during icy conditions. The project, called ‘Shake The...

Probate: What to do when someone passes away

Alex Kilby
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What steps do you need to take if you’re nominated as the executor of a Will? And what needs to be done when someone passes away without a Will? If you’re starting out on the path to tying up someone’s financial affairs, this blog runs through what you can expect.

5 Common Will Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Joel Evans
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Writing a Will isn’t something that is high on the agenda for most people – after all, having to consider the rather morbid topic of one’s passing isn’t much fun. It’s arguably one of the most important documents you’ll...

Exciting times for Devonalds

Alex Kilby
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New brand, new website, new office… and once again we are Devonalds Solicitors! If you’re particularly observant, you may have noticed there have been a few small changes around here. And you’d be right – we’re pleased to...

Urgent Deadline to Claim Back Wrongly Paid Care Home Fees

Abbi Williams
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Paying or paid care home fees? You could be due a refund! It is commonly misunderstood that residents of care homes must automatically pay for their own fees. If you or a family member is residing in a residential or nursing home you may be entitled to a...

Care Home Fees and the Family Home

Alex Kilby
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- and how to safeguard your home by making a Property Protection Trust Will. Care home fees later in life can be a worry – even though people are living longer, there is a chance that one or even both partners in a family home will require long-term...

New Consumer Advice Service!

Barbara Davies
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Issues with faulty goods or sub-standard service? Feel like you've been ripped off? Pop in to our advice clinic every Wednesday at our Tonypandy office today to speak to our trading standards expert Barbara Davies. After establishing with Barbara what...

The Right to Purchase Your Freehold at a Reasonable Market Value

Alex Kilby
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Leaseholders have a legal right under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to buy the freehold of their house if they meet certain qualifying criteria. Sadly, we see too often that leaseholders are held to ransom by Freeholders who ask extortionate prices without...

Local Residents having issues with buying freeholds in Llantwit Fardre

Alex Kilby
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Live in Llantwit Fardre and haven't bought the freehold of your family home yet? Did you see BBC's X-Ray program last night about the trouble local residents are having in trying to purchase their Freehold from the freeholder? Have a look at the...

Check our top tips for dealing with a loved ones estate after they pass...

Joel Evans
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TOP TIPS for executors when dealing with a loved one’s estate. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, especially when coupled with going through the often complex process of sorting out their estate. To help ease this pressure and make...

Confused about the buying and selling process? No problem!

Alex Kilby
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Buying or selling your home is one of the most stressful things in life - to make things easier we have put together a brill new guide to the buying and selling process and the steps involved. Simply email us and we'll send you a comprehensive PDF guide...

A Lasting Power of Attorney - giving you peace of mind for the future.

Alex Kilby
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Everybody wants to live long, but none of us want to get old. Lots of people make a Will, to provide for their friends and family after their days, but what about your own health and wellbeing when you are still around? Who will look after you? It is very...

A Lasting Power of Attorney - giving you piece of mind for the future.

Alex Kilby
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Everybody wants to live long, but none of us want to get old. Lots of people make a Will, to provide for their friends and family after their days, but what about your own health and wellbeing when you are still around? Who will look after you? It is very...

Introducing the new Devonalds Family Recommend a Friend Scheme!

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If you know someone who needs help with the legal aspects of a divorce or relationship breakdown and you recommend them to us, we will make a thank you payment to you of £50! We are here to help with all aspects of divorce, financial matters and...

Worried about losing your home to pay for Care Home fees? A Property Protection Trust Will could be the answer.

Ceri Davies
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Care home fees later in life can be a worry – even though people are living longer, there is a chance that one or even both partners in a family home will require long-term residential care at some point in their lives. Most people assume that they...

URGENT DEADLINE for reclaiming Care Home Fees!

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It's possible to reclaim care home fees if you or a relative paid fees which should have been paid by the NHS. Fees paid up to 11 years ago can still be reclaimed, even if the person who received the care has since passed away. If the main reason the...

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Recommend a Friend & Loyalty Schemes

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RECOMMEND A FRIEND As a firm we operate a recommend a friend scheme.  Under this scheme as a gesture of our gratitude for any recommendation we would pay £100 in respect of each new clients' accident case that we agree to act in under a...

Devonalds Continues to Sponsor the Rhondda & District Football League

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Devonalds are extremely proud to continue their sponsorship of the Rhondda & District Football League. It’s our tenth anniversary of sponsoring the league. Secretary Carol Hosking said “We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship that...

Devonalds sponsor the "Shake the Salt" Scheme

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Devonalds were pleased to sponsor the “Shake the Salt” Scheme for pensioners in Rhondda Cynon Taff. We sponsored the distribution of 200 Salt Shakers for elderly local residents, for them to sprinkle salt on icy paths and walkways in winter to...

Made a Will?

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Nearly six out of ten adults in the UK don’t have a will in place, including one in three over the age of 55. Get in touch to be one of the four in ten who have ensured that they have provided for their families according to their wishes! 01443 755189...

Legal Aid Changes - 1st April 2013

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Did you know that from 1st April 2013 Legal Aid for most Family cases will be gone? This will include divorces, disputes involving children, general harassment and financial disputes arising from a breakdown of a relationship. If you are worried that these...

Our Legal Access Point has been launched in WH Smith, Pontypridd!

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Devonalds are proud to announce the launch of its Legal Access Point in WH Smith, Pontypridd. Fallon Robinson, this year's Miss Rhondda Cynon Taff, helped to give out balloons and goody bags at the store at the end of November to mark the occasion. A...