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The importance of T&Cs for your business

Carefully written terms and conditions are important for businesses of all shapes and sizes – but are often overlooked, writes Daniel Whitehouse, Solicitor at ORJ. Unfortunately, many businesses tend to not think about their T&Cs until something goes wrong – by which time it’s usually too late. Solid, legally-sound terms and conditions are particularly important […]

6,000 Unclaimed Estates Revealed

The details of thousands of unclaimed estates of people who died in the UK have been revealed by The Treasury, with millions of pounds of inheritance waiting for a rightful heir. The latest Treasury list shows there are around 6,000 unclaimed estates across the country. It is estimated that around £80 million is sat in […]

Why divorce in later life can come with added challenges

ORJ’s Jackie Meredith, a leading expert in family law with years of experience, looks at the challenges that can arise when older people get divorced. So-called grey divorce is on the rise – and settlements can be even more complicated than for younger people. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 2021 divorce rate […]

Top 10 tips for a smooth sale and purchase

1. Read all documentation thoroughly When purchasing your new home, there are a number of different legal reports, documents and forms that you will receive from your conveyancer at various stages of the transaction. To be certain that you don’t miss any important information, it is vital that you read through everything, paying close attention […]

Child Arrangements Orders – when do they end?

Child Arrangements Orders specifying where a child lives are legally binding until the child is 18. But Child Arrangements Orders specifying the time a child spends with a parent is only legally binding until the child reaches 16 – though it is possible to apply for a two-year extension in exceptional circumstances. Otherwise, after the […]

Navigating the Family Courts

Angie Parker is one of the most respected family lawyers in the region. Here she gives an overview of the challenges of navigating the Family Courts. Separation and family breakup is exceptionally difficult. It’s inevitably an emotional time and trying to navigate through all the practical difficulties can feel overwhelming. It can be challenging getting […]

Housing market on the up as economy settles

House sales are picking up as the economy settles – and ORJ’s experienced residential conveyancing team is helping families across Staffordshire, Shropshire and further afield move with as little stress as possible, writes Head of Residential Property Jade Orr. Rightmove said estate agents across the country reported a significant increase in buyer demand in March […]

Seven things not to put in a will

A will is a vitally important document as it sets out how your assets are dealt with after your death. No-one likes thinking about their mortality, but a will is the only way to guarantee that your money and belongings are distributed how you wish. Everyone should have a valid will and it’s a good […]

Divorcing servicepeople losing out over poor pension advice

Jackie Meredith, ORJ’s most experienced family law expert, explains why military personnel are losing out when they divorce as many lawyers do not properly understand the unique nature of Armed Forces pensions. It is so, so important that servicepeople seek specialist advice when they divorce to safeguard their most valuable asset – their pension. I […]

The hidden costs of retirement leases

Clare Owen, Licensed Conveyancer at ORJ, explains some of the unexpected costs and potential stresses of retirement leases – and what you should watch out for. Retirement properties can be an attractive option for people as they get older, but those entering into lease agreements should be wary of additional fees, covenants and provisions before […]