Archived Legal Articles from 2008

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Buying and selling your home


What legal issues should l consider when investing in Residential Property?


1. If you are interested in buying a property that is up for auction, firstly, make sure that you obtain the legal pack in advance and get it checked by your solicitor. Secondly, get a survey carried out. It's often easy for someone to offload a property at auction with a defective legal title or…

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Stamp duty holiday: Too little, too late?


The Government has today announced a package of reforms to help first time buyers and those struggling to pay their mortgage but Michelle Thompson, Conveyancing expert at Forbes Solicitors believes the changes are not enough! From the 3rd of September Stamp Duty will be suspended for one year on…

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Protecting your home against fraud


In today's society fraud is an increasing problem and any property that you own could be subjected to fraud. Your home is probably one of your most valuable possessions, it can be used to raise further borrowing by way of mortgage, can be sold for considerable return and like any other valuable asset it…

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Is Brown doing enough for first time buyers?


Gordon Brown has announced a number of measures to help first time buyers on to the property market, however according to Michelle Spensley, Head of Conveyancing services at Forbes Solicitors the measures set out fail to solve one of the key problems of rising stamp duty costs which is deterring many…

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iTeddy brings cheer to Pendlebury children


A real-life iTeddy brought cheer to the young patients of Pendlebury Children's Hospital thanks to a visit last week. Joined by his creator, east Lancashire businessman Imran Hakim, the pair gave out iTeddy toys to the excited children at the hospital. The invitation to Imran came from long-time…

Do I need a HIP to sell my property?


The Home Information Pack regulations were extended on the 14th December 2007 to cover all residential properties in England and Wales. The regulations apply to the vast majority of residential transactions however there are exceptions. When was the property put on the market? Properties which were…

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Watch Your Step With HIPs!


"Prospective house sellers should watch their step with the new Home Information Packs (HIPs)," warns Michelle Spensley, Head of Conveyancing at Forbes Solicitors Blackburn office. The Home Information Pack team of the Department for Communities and Local Government has warned that some HIP providers…

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15 Feb 2017

Buying and selling your home


Five top tips for a smooth move

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Very professional and courteous staff. Our conveyancing was carried out with diligence and speed. Would highly recommend.


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Having recently sold my house Forbes handled this in a very professional manner with obvious expertise. My interests were always their first priority & I was kept informed at all times.

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