Should a new tenant pay a rent deposit?

Monday, 16 Jul 2018

Landlords – should I ask a new tenant for a rent deposit? A rent deposit is simply a sum of money paid by a tenant upfront as security for the landlord for any defaults under the lease. A landlord will usually consider requesting a rent deposit in circumstances such as: the financial status of the... Read More


Marriage or Civil Partnership; the choice is now yours!

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018

Marriage or Civil Partnership; the choice is now yours! Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have today won their right in the UK Supreme Court to a civil partnership. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enabled same-sex couples to legalise their relationship and provided for the same rights as married heterosexual couples. This has a significant bearing... Read More


Private Client Lawyer passes Advanced Qualification

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018

AWB Charlesworth Solicitors’ Private Client Lawyer passes Advanced Qualification Keighley Solicitor Mark Shaw, a Member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), has recently passed with distinction the STEP Advanced Qualification in Cross Border Estates. The course explores the issues to consider when dealing with an estate with a cross- border aspect, taking examples... Read More


Property: Look Before You Leap

Monday, 11 Jun 2018

Our Top Tips for buying at Auction Your dream house at a knock down price? Sound tempting? Auctions can often be a wonderful place to pick up a sound property investment, there will often be auction “horror stories” in the news so doing  your homework ahead of time can really pay off. If you’re considering... Read More


Judge applauds the collapse of the nuclear family

Friday, 8 Jun 2018

The collapse of the nuclear family should be welcomed and applauded, Britain’s most senior Family Judge has said. Sir James Munby, President of the High Court’s Family Division, said in a recent speech at Liverpool University that the modern family was ‘complex’ and took ‘an almost infinite variety of forms’. His comments reflect the reality... Read More


AWB Charlesworth Awarded Lexcel Accreditation

Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018

AWB Charlesworth solicitors of Keighley, Skipton, Bradford and Bingley have once again secured the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments giving assurance that a practice meets high client care and business... Read More


Success for Keighley Young Professionals

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Keighley Young Professionals hosted their second event New networking group Keighley Young Professionals held their second event earlier this month. The event at the Lord Rodney was a major success and saw a cross section of Keighley’s budding professionals meet to enjoy a blind gin tasting.  Sampling a range of various gins, local attendees included bankers,... Read More


Dementia Awareness Week- How Lasting Powers of Attorney can help

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Dementia Awareness Week Those who are diagnosed with dementia, along with their family and friends, often find that they are in completely unknown territory. Dealing with the day to day changes, and anticipating how to put things in place to assist all concerned can be a tough juggling act. One thing to remember is that... Read More


Dying Matters- Day 5 Proprietary Estoppel & Farmers

Friday, 18 May 2018

Proprietary Estoppel & Farmers Proprietary estoppel is, in simple terms, where a person has been promised an interest in a property (such as a farm business) and has relied on that promise to incur costs or make sacrifices (e.g. not taken up a job offer elsewhere) that they would not have done if they had... Read More


Dying Matters – Day 4 Gathering in the estate

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Once the inheritance tax account has been delivered and the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration has been issued the executor or administrator (“the Personal Representative”) can then start to gather in the assets of the estate. Generally speaking this is likely to include the following where appropriate: Selling any house or land owned... Read More