In the Budget released on the 22nd November 2017 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a relief from stamp duty for first time buyers!
First time buyers purchasing their first home for under £300,000 will pay no stamp duty (SDLT). If the purchase price is over the £300,000 threshold but not exceeding £500,000 they will pay 5% on the amount above £300,000.
Prior to the relief being...Read More
We understand it is a daunting prospect finding out what your rights are in relation to divorce or other family matters.
We at Carpenter & Co are here to listen, and offer a free 20 minute consultation to discuss general topics that may relate to your case. If however you require longer than 20 minutes there will be a charge of £100 plus VAT up to an hour of initial advice.
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Carpenter & Co secures Law Society’s conveyancing quality mark
Carpenter & Co in Wallington has once again secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. This is the 5th year in a row that Carpenter & Co has achieved CQS accreditation.
Carpenter & Co underwent rigorous assessment by...Read More
For some married couples this is a joyous time with their children. For others it is time of fear, depression and/or uncertainty. The questions of concern ‘I don’t think I can do this anymore she/he is no longer the person I married’ or ‘he/she keeps telling me I am not entitled to anything if I leave’.
If you are already tried Relate (counselling) and this is no longer an option then seek...Read More
Thinking about a Lease Extension?
If your Lease is subject to a long lease but has 90 years or less left you should consider getting a lease extension. It is important to have a long lease and once a lease term goes below 80 years, it may become difficult to sell or re-mortgage. Therefore, trying to sell a property with a lease of 80 years or less limits you to cash buyers only.
Why do I need...Read More
Unmarried couples’ living together has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. The Office of National Statistics have recently published that between 1996 and 2016 the amount of unmarried couples living together has more than doubled, from 1.5 million to 3.3 million couples.
Merely living together and having children does not give you the same rights as a married couple....Read More
Wallington Solicitors, Carpenter and Co, have pledged to support veterans and have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Paul Verlander, senior partner, announced:
Carpenter and Co are proud of our soldiers, and we thank them for their service, be it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland or on UN deployment.
They have faced more danger than most people will ever see and they deserve the...Read More
Japanese knotweed – what you need to know
Japanese knotweed is a common invasive plant. It forms canes that can sprout up to 3 metres in height, but these are just ‘the tip of the iceberg’. There are also networks of rhizomes that spread sideways underground, causing structural damage and threatening a building’s foundations. In fact, Japanese knotweed is ranked number one on the Environment...Read More
We have participated once again in the St. Raphael’s Hospice “Make your Will Fortnight”. Under the terms of this scheme, for a period of two weeks, our Wills & Probate team led by David Greenfield, Melissa Ritchie and Peter Tanner prepared wills free of charge for a number of local people who each made a donation to the hospice.
We have been pleased to support a local charity and the sum...Read More
Over the summer, you may have seen the headlines in newspapers warning of a lack of safeguards in respect of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), following comments made by retired senior judge Denzil Lush. Senior Judge Lush warned of the risks of financial abuse by older people who have appointed an attorney to look after their financial affairs.
The sad truth is that on occasion, attorneys do...Read More
Are you a first time buyer? Are you familiar with the process of becoming a home owner? Here are the “Top Tips” from our Property Team to make the process a little easier to understand.
Firstly, moving can be expensive so make sure you know all of the costs involved so there are no unexpected surprises:
Estate Agents’ Fees
Getting a fixed fee...Read More