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Longridge: 01772 783 314 
Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
You may have read our previous blog (which you can find here) on legal aid cuts, and the effects on law firms such as your Solicitors in Lancaster, MG Legal. Well now there is a further development: The Ministry of Justice has published a plan, which outlines action needed to support the legal industry, and members of the public accessing legal services. 
 
Currently in family law, legal aid is only available for cases where domestic abuse has been a factor, whether that is to do with child contact or divorce proceedings. Now, the MoJ is proposing to expand legal aid coverage to include Special Guardianship Orders (by Autumn 2019) and cases to do with separated migrant children (by Spring 2019). 
'Legal Aid' written in black lettering, with two books and some glasses next to it, with a gavel.
With the Solicitors Regulation Authority placing increasing demand for transparency within, not just conveyancing, but the legal profession as a whole, there is now to be a new legal helpline.  
 
Introduced by UNU Group, the helpline is in place for individuals to contact for impartial advice, if they are left feeling confused by their conveyance, or any other legal matter ( - something that would not happen, should you choose MG Legal’s conveyancing team to act on your behalf). 
A red, dial-up old-fashioned telephone, with 'Hotline' written on a yellow sticky note, stuck to the 'phone.
Let’s say for arguments sake you’ve spent 7 years with your other half, that’s countless nights of listening to them snore and God knows what else (get the window open), or fighting over the duvet. You’ve argued about which Netflix series to watch, in fact I can whole heartily guarantee that one of you has committed the ultimate betrayal and watched the next episode behind your partner’s back (you Villain!!). 
A small house with a door, and two windows to the right of the door,with an arrow drawn to a couple of boxes on a moving trolley, with an arrow drawn to a moving van, with an arrow drawn to a new house with a window followed by a door and another window, all drawn onto a black wall with blue chalk.
When we are unfortunate enough to have a Road Traffic Accident the first casualty is your car, with the repairs needed ranging from a scratch to major structural damage. Occupants are also likely to be injured and it is your right to make a personal injury claim if you are.  
 
These days, a lot of people have fully comprehensive insurance but many do not or, if the accident is not your fault, you might want to spare losing your no-claims bonus and paying a policy excess and instruct MG Legal, your local solicitor in Preston.  
 
As specialist local personal injury solicitors in Preston this allows a more personal approach than your indifferent ‘conveyor belt’ in-house firms insurance companies often use. 
'Personal Injury Claim' written onto a piece of paper, pinned onto a pin board in either corner.
Your local solicitors for Wills, MG Legal, understand that it can be hard to know whether your Will is still valid after a life-altering event.  
 
However, not all events call for you to make changes to your existing Will. As our solicitors in Preston would explain, if you do not have a Will in place already, we would recommend booking in with our solicitors for Wills to discuss making a Will – we currently have an offer of Wills for £50 plus VAT (until 20th March 2019). 
Following recent observations made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – the SRA, your conveyancing solicitors will soon be required to publish their fees on their website for all to see. This has been brought about by the SRA striving for transparency throughout matters, with full and frank information regarding fees being available from the outset. 
The Jiff Lemon Case (officially known as Reckitt & Colman Ltd v Borden Inc [1990] 1 All E. R. 873) is a leading House of Lords decision (now the Supreme Court!) on the tort of Passing Off. 
 
Passing Off is a common law tort created by judges. Passing off is a type of unfair compensation claim made by holders of registered trademarks to stop or prevent others from copying the mark or packaging of a certain product. The owner of the trademark can receive remedies such as damages or injunctions. 
MG Legal, Garstang Solicitors, are delving deep in to their personal archives and contouring the memory of their parents telling them that they must do a certain something and the reasoning behind the order was always “because I said so”. Seemingly Dover District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council were hoping to get away with the same reasoning. 
 
Two recent cases Dover DC v Campaign to Protect Rural England (2017) and Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council (2017) both involved cases where planning permission was granted despite public opposition and against advice of Planning Officials. 
Imagine selling your property for peanuts then discovering that it is a prime site for development. Your Buyer then sells the land or property for millions, and you’re sat wishing that you could get your cut. Or if you were the Buyer - imagine the Seller knocking on your door three years later demanding a cut of the money you have made selling the property on.  
 
MG Legal, conveyancing Solicitors Preston, know that this can be a worrying thought for both sides involved in the transaction. 
More often than not, by the time clients come to instruct a property solicitor, they have a buyer in place, and already know how to sell a property.  
 
However, as a busy Lancaster law firm, our property team deal with a variety of property sales- be that by way of sale on the open market, traditional auction, modern auction, part exchange, home equity release or quick cash sale companies, and are extremely well-placed to give selling advice

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