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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 […]

Navigating Conveyancing’s Snags

Zoe Smith, Head of Commercial Property at ORJ, looks at three of the potential pitfalls of commercial conveyancing. Contracting out We are seeing more landlords ‘contracting out’ to give them greater flexibility over who occupies their commercial property and for how long. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (1954 Act), tenants who lease a […]

Property expert offers septic tank advice

Homeowners with septic tanks have been advised to check their systems are compliant before trying to sell their properties – or risk months of delays and frustration. Leading property law expert Zoe Smith, who works at ORJ in Shrewsbury, said she had seen buyers pull out of deals at the 11th hour after it emerged […]

Don’t add to the probate backlog headaches

The phrase better late than never certainly applies to the probate process at present, writes Fiona Mainwaring, a leading expert in wills and probate at ORJ Law. Latest figures released this week from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) showed the average waiting time for probate applications to be granted issue after submission now sits at […]

Fostering a culture of professionalism through compliance

Deb Feasey, Head of Compliance and Operations, explains why staying on the right side of evolving legislation is a top priority for ORJ. Compliance might not be a topic that gets many hearts racing with excitement, but it’s vitally important for all business – and particularly for law firms. There are many regulations to be […]