Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney
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Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney

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Have you considered what would happen to you if you were unable to manage your property, finances or health?

By preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney you can protect yourself and those you love from financial difficulty or decisions surrounding care.

Lasting Powers of Attorney were introduced in 2007 to replace Enduring Powers of Attorney, whilst including several steps to protect the person making the Power.  If you have an Enduring Power of Attorney this remains valid but can only be registered at  Court to be used by the Attorneys if the person making the Power is not able to make their own decisions.  This can cause difficulties for the Attorneys as the current timeframe for registration at Court is approx. 6 months. If you lose capacity and have a Lasting Power of Attorney this can be registered at Court immediately and can be used by the Attorneys without delay.  Whilst we hope you never need to rely on a Power of Attorney, by having one in place, this removes any worries for the future if you lose ability to make decisions yourself. 

A Lasting Power of Attorney will allow you to name friends, family or a Solicitor to help you by making those decisions on your behalf. This process can be undertaken by both legal and non-legal applicants online or directly through the Court.  If you have begun this process but become overwhelmed, unable to complete it, require and understanding of what is involved, or details about the 2 types of Lasting Powers (Property/Financial and Health/Welfare), we can assist. Our Private Client Team can help prepare and register Powers at the Office of the Public Guardian.

Please contact: Sophie Careless-Shore or Barbara Sykes

Tel: 01903 784447/Email scarelessshore@moyle.co.uk or bsykes@moyle.co.uk

or complete an online enquiry www.moyle.co.uk

Residential and Commercial Conveyancing

Our Property Team, based at our Littlehampton office, is headed up by Rob Fawcett, Solicitor/Managing Partner, who qualified in 2006, with Lisa May, MCILEX Conveyancing Executive, who has passed 16 exams since 2016 and has achieved the CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice. We have 3 experienced Assistants, and a Property Consultant, Timothy Pitt.  We also have a vast wealth of local knowledge and understanding.

Rob Fawcett deals with both residential and commercial transactions, and Lisa May deals with residential conveyancing. 

It is widely known that moving home is one of the most stressful things that we have to deal with.  With this in mind, our Property Team offer professional support and advice, and aim to provide a high quality and “hands on” approach in the hope that we can make the moving experience a much better one for everyone. 

For those who looked to move home in 2023, it was especially challenging following the rise in interest rates and economy in general, which caused a downturn in the housing market. For 2024 it is hoped that there will be signs of improvement leading to a more buoyant housing market.

The commercial property market has remained busy despite the challenges mentioned, with  businesses looking to move premises, purchase new premises, etc., which is very encouraging.

If you are thinking of moving or have a commercial property query, please contact Rob Fawcett or Lisa May, who will be very pleased to help you.

Our Property Team, based at our Littlehampton office, is headed up by Rob Fawcett, Solicitor/Managing Partner, who qualified in 2006, with Lisa May, MCILEX Conveyancing Executive, who has passed 16 exams since 2016 and has achieved the CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice. We have 3 experienced Assistants, and a Property Consultant, Timothy Pitt.  We also have a vast wealth of local knowledge and understanding.

Rob Fawcett deals with both residential and commercial transactions, and Lisa May deals with residential conveyancing. 

It is widely known that moving home is one of the most stressful things that we have to deal with.  With this in mind, our Property Team offer professional support and advice, and aim to provide a high quality and “hands on” approach in the hope that we can make the moving experience a much better one for everyone. 

For those who looked to move home in 2023, it was especially challenging following the rise in interest rates and economy in general, which caused a downturn in the housing market. For 2024 it is hoped that there will be signs of improvement leading to a more buoyant housing market.

The commercial property market has remained busy despite the challenges mentioned, with  businesses looking to move premises, purchase new premises, etc., which is very encouraging.

If you are thinking of moving or have a commercial property query, please contact Rob Fawcett or Lisa May, who will be very pleased to help you.

Rob Fawcett Tel: 01903 725143 
Email: RobFawcett@moyle.co.uk
Lisa May Tel: 01903 725143
Email: lmay@moyle.co.uk

Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form at www.moyle.co.uk

Christmas Jumper Day at E J Moyle LLP, Solicitors

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It’s nearly that time of year when thoughts turn to the festive season, and spending time with our loved ones

Looking back on 2023, it has had its challenges including the cost of living crisis, high interest rates, and the unstable economy in the UK, all of which have had an impact on individuals and businesses alike.   For our part, we are proud that we have been able to continue to develop and grow our Firm so that we are able to help clients with their legal issues from residential and commercial conveyancing transactions, Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney matters, and family issues, including child care, divorce and contact.

E J Moyle LLP has also continued to support local charities during 2023, and we will continue to do so in 2024.

You may know that it’s National Christmas Jumper Day on 7th December, and we will be supporting this by wearing our festive jumpers to work on this day and baking cakes to raise funds for our chosen charities, Whizz Kidz and SCOPE.  We will also be donating items to the  Turning Tides Charity this Christmas.

As we move forward into 2024, we hope you will all have a happy and healthy year, and we look forward to meeting you to discuss any of your legal needs that may arise.  We can be contacted on:

Littlehampton Office: 01903-725143

Rustington Office: 01903-784447

Or you can visit the Contact Page to submit an online enquiry

Sharon Lyon, Sophie Careless-Shore and Rob Fawcett

Partners at E J Moyle LLP, Solicitors

Relationship Agreements

Many couples who are considering living together, marriage or have recently married, enter the relationship with unequal assets.  This could be for many reasons including being in the fortunate position to collate savings/assets, beneficiary of an inheritance or even one or both parties having a financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage or separation.

Should one of these situations arise, the person bringing in the greater financial resource may wish to seek to protect such savings/assets if there should be a relationship breakdown in the future.  This can be achieved by entering into one of the following:-

  1. Cohabitation Agreement – if you are intending to live together but not marry
  2. Pre-Marital Agreement – if you are intending to marry
  3. Post-Marital Agreement – if you are already married

In the event of a marriage breakdown, a Pre-Marital or Post-Marital Agreement is given high consideration by a Court in the event of a dispute as to how financial settlement should be achieved provided that it has been properly prepared and, in the event of a Pre-Marital Agreement within a reasonable time prior to the marriage.

Our Family Team is based at our Rustington office (2A Broadmark Parade, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 2NE) with Sharon Lyon (Partner and Head of Department), Tracy Randall-May (Solicitor), and Tracy Hammond-Smith (Assistant).  We are an extremely experienced team, offering confidential advice covering all aspects of family law, and we would be delighted to help you.  Sharon and Tracy can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 01903 784447

You can also by complete our online enquiry form at https://moyle.co.uk/contact/

New Graduate at E J Moyle LLP

Rob Fawcett, Managing Partner and Head of Property at E J Moyle LLP is pleased to announce that Lisa May, our Conveyancing Executive, has now successfully completed her Chartered Institute of Legal Executives examinations.

Lisa has worked extremely hard over the last 7 years, and her dedication and commitment has been a true inspiration to everyone here at the Firm.

Lisa commented:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Partners here at E J Moyle LLP for supporting me during my training to become a CILEX Law Graduate and to all members of our Firm for cheering me on throughout the highs and lows of the last 7 years.

I started the CILEX programme back in 2016 and sixteen gruelling exams later, I have at long last completed the academic programme to become a CILEX Law Graduate.

So much has happened during that time, not just to me but to all of us, and I really do feel that I have had the support of an amazing work family who I couldn’t have done it without”.

Rob, Lisa and the Property Department Team are based at our Littlehampton office (15 Beach Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5HZ).  Rob deals with both residential and commercial property transactions, and Lisa deals with residential property matters.

If you have any conveyancing enquiries, please contact Rob and Lisa on:

Telephone: 01903 725143

Email:

lmay@moyle.co.uk

RobFawcett@moyle.co.uk

You can also by complete our online enquiry form at www.moyle.co.uk

Exam Success

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I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Partners here at E J Moyle LLP for supporting me during my training to become a CILEX Law Graduate and to all members of our Firm for cheering me on throughout the highs and lows of the last 7 years.

I started the CILEX programme back in 2016 and sixteen gruelling exams later, I have at long last completed the academic programme to become a CILEX Law Graduate.

So much has happened during that time, not just to me but to all of us, and I really do feel that I have had the support of an amazing work family who I couldn’t have done it without.

I specialise in land law and conveyancing matters, and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Lisa May

MCILEX, Conveyancing Executive, Property Department

Grant of Probate

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During the Covid-19 pandemic major changes were made to the process for applying for Grants of Probate.  In most cases, a Grant of Probate is required to deal with an Estate where the assets exceed £10,000.  This application is made by the Executors to allow them control of the assets, pay any liabilities and distribute the Estate. 

In November 2020, the Courts Services introduced an online application process for most Estates, where the deceased had a Will - with several exceptions to online applications.  If the exception applies, a paper application is needed.

Online applications were introduced for professional and non-professional applicants and coincided with the closure of local Probate Registries, increases in application fees, digitalised services and changes in legislation for Inheritance Tax. These changes signaled the most significant shift in the process for applying for Probate in the last 50 years.

The online system intended to make the application for a Grant of Probate more accessible to non-professionals can instead result in more complex issues regarding tax, tax exemptions and Trusts to be missed by non-professional Executors.  This can cause problems for Estate Beneficiaries and Executors.  An Executor is personally liable for an Estate.  

If you have begun dealing with an Estate, but found the process overwhelming, or you have been notified that a paper application is required, or you cannot locate the Will - then our Team can assist you. We can address the areas which need your attention and finalise the application for Probate, conclude the Estate Administration, stress free. If you need assistance or wish to discuss the best way forward, please contact me on 01903-784447 or email scarelessshore@moyle.co.uk

About the Firm

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E J Moyle LLP Solicitors were founded in 1971, and have offices in Littlehampton and Rustington. Our Partners are Sharon Lyon (Family Law), Sophie Careless-Shore (Probate and Wills) and Rob Fawcett (Commercial and Residential Conveyancing).

We provide legal services to individuals and businesses in the Sussex area, and are very proud of the personal service we are able to offer to all our clients.

Our Teams specialise in the areas of Property Law (residential and commercial), Family Law (separation, divorce, financial matters, children issues, and post and pre-nuptial agreements), and Private Client Law (Wills, Probate, LPA’s, Estate Administration, Estate Management, and Deputy Applications).

We take pride in the excellent service we are able to provide for our clients, which is based on the Firm’s ethos of a friendly, pragmatic and professional approach at all times. 

We also care deeply about the environment and have strong ties with our local communities.  E J Moyle LLP also supports as many local charities as we can.

If you have any legal requirements now or in the future, we would be happy to discuss these with you.  Sharon, Sophie and Rob can be contacted by:

Telephone: 01903-725143

Email: litmail@moyle.co.uk

Or you can visit our website: www.moyle.co.uk where you can submit a personal online Enquiry Form detailing your legal requirements

We look forward to working with you.

Sharon, Sophie and Rob

Partners at E J Moyle LLP, Solicitors

Closure of Litigation Department

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Over the last year, the Partners, Rob Fawcett, Managing Partner, Sharon Lyon, Risk and Compliance Partner, and Sophie Careless-Shore, Head of Private Client, have put in place a strategic plan for E J Moyle LLP which aims to promote and develop a niche law firm, offering niche legal services to clients and businesses across Rustington, Littlehampton, Worthing and the Sussex area. 

With this is mind, the Partners have decided to close their Litigation Department from the end of February, 2023, and so will no longer be able to offer this service.  This was a very difficult decision to make, and one which took a long time to arrive at, but it will now allow us to promote our niche services, with a Partner heading up each Department:

Rob Fawcett, Solicitor and Managing Partner, and Head of Residential and Commercial Property, offering legal services in relation to residential property and commercial property transactions of all types.

Sharon Lyon, Solicitor and Risk and Compliance Partner, and Head of Family Law, offering legal services in relation to Children matters, divorce, financial settlements, and pre-nuptial agreements)

Sophie Careless-Shore, Solicitor and Head of Private Client, offering legal services in relation to Wills, Probates, LPA’s, EPA’s and Trusts).

By offering legal services in these 3 niche areas, we aim to consolidate our already excellent local reputation, and continue to offer the high quality service that we have provided over many years.

The Partners look forward to welcoming past and existing clients back, and to working with new clients and businesses in the future.

Rob, Sharon or Sophie all look forward to hearing from you.

 

Rob Fawcett, Managing Partner

15th March, 2023

 

Sophie Careless-Shore

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Solicitor/Partner, Private Client Department

Sophie is the Head of our Private Client Team.

Sophie qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and joined EJ Moyle LLP in 2016, becoming a Partner in 2018.

Sophie specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Deputy Order Applications and Administration of Estates.  She can also provide advice relating to the residential conveyancing aspects to Private Client work.

Sophie is a local face having lived in the district/community all her life.  

Email: scarelessshore@moyle.co.uk

Our firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the provision of legal services in England and Wales and is governed by the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2007 particulars of which can be accessed at www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/

We also comply with the Provision of Service Regulations 2009. The required details of our Professional Indemnity Insurance are available upon request at either of our offices.
EJ Moyle LLP SRA ID: 611603