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19 February 2018 - Inheritance Tax For Beginners

Inheritance Tax For Beginners

Inheritance tax combines the two things that Benjamin Franklin said are inevitable: death and taxes.  It's a tax on your estate when you die.  The tax collector, not content to relieve you of your money while you are alive, will also have a go once you're dead.  But read on ... there's some good new ... More!


9 February 2018 - A Valentine Cohabitation Story

A Valentine Cohabitation Story

Are you in a cohabiting relationship?  Have you and your partner signed a cohabitation agreement?  If you run a business together do you have a written statement of your stake in the business?  If not, then it really is time to think about it.  It isn't unromantic: it's the practical, sensible and a ... More!


2 February 2018 - What is a Deed of Separation?

What is a Deed of Separation?

What is a Deed of Separation? A deed of separation is a legal agreement made between a married couple or a couple in a civil partnership who have decided they no longer want to live together.   The agreement, also known as a separation agreement, sets out the couple's rights and responsibilities ... More!


26 January 2018 - What is a Sales Agency Agreement?

What is a Sales Agency Agreement?

Appointing an agent or distributor can be a good way for businesses to develop new markets. A written agency agreement is important in making sure the business relationship works. Sales Agent or Distributor? The terms 'agent' and 'distributor' tend to be used interchangeable, but there are distinc ... More!


19 January 2018 - Terms and Conditions for Surveyors

Terms and Conditions for Surveyors

A property surveyor can carry out range of different type of surveys: commercial, residential and building defects to name a few.  For all types of job it makes sense to set out details of the services you will provide in a written surveyors terms and conditions contract.  A written document ... More!


12 January 2018 - Written Wills for Unmarried Couples

Written Wills for Unmarried Couples

Having a written will (a 'last will and testament') is especially important for unmarried couples to ensure their partner inherits.  The 2011 census reports that married people are now a minority of the UK population with the number of families based around a co-habiting couple us up by almost one ... More!


3 January 2018 - Tenancy Agreements - Rights and Responsibilities

Tenancy Agreements - Rights and Responsibilities

If you rent your home (whether it is a house, part of a house, flat or apartment) from a private landlord in the UK then both you and your landlord have certain legal rights and responsibilities. These rights exist whether or not you have a written tenancy agreement. Tenancy laws have recently chan ... More!


20 December 2017 - Employment Contracts for First Time Employers

Employment Contracts for First Time Employers

Hiring your first employee is a milestone for your business.  While becoming an employer may feel daunting, a bit of planning and research can make it a smooth and painless transition. In this article we give an overview of employment contracts, employment policies and legal aspects of the recruitme ... More!


14 December 2017 - Loan Agreements for Family and Friends

Loan Agreements for Family and Friends

There are all sorts of ways of lending and borrowing money these days.   When the lender is a high-street bank it's very clear that you are entering into a formal loan agreement since there will lots of official paperwork to sign.  It may not be so clear if you're borrowing from a family member or f ... More!


8 December 2017 - Why It's a Good Idea to Write a Will

Why It's a Good Idea to Write a Will

Is writing a Will one of those things you've been putting off?  Most of us focus on the here and now, especially at this busy time of year. And, let's face it, writing a Will can be pretty sobering since it makes us think about our own death. Even though there are plenty of good reasons to write a ... More!


1 December 2017 - PRTs: Big Changes for Scottish Landlords

PRTs: Big Changes for Scottish Landlords

As of 1 December 2017 Private Residential Tenancies (PRTs) replace Short Assured Tenancies in Scotland. Landlords in Scotland may no longer offer ASTs to private residential tenants. This brings in huge changes to the private rental sector in Scotland. Existing short assured tenancy agreements ... More!


22 November 2017 - Being Your Own Boss: Terminating a Franchise Agreement

Being Your Own Boss: Terminating a Franchise Agreement

Whether your are the franchisee or franchisor, there may come a time when you want to terminate your franchise agreement. In the UK there are no specific laws relating to franchises and franchise agreements, so the law of contract generally prevails. This means that you should first look to the term ... More!


15 November 2017 - Being Your Own Boss: Running a Franchise Business

Being Your Own Boss: Running a Franchise Business

Have you been thinking about starting your own business but nervous about being self-employed?  Maybe you're having trouble deciding what type of business you want to run.  Perhaps a franchise business would be right for you. Read on before you sign a franchise agreement. A franchise offer th ... More!


7 November 2017 - Shareholder Agreements for SMEs

Shareholder Agreements for SMEs

A shareholder agreement is a legal contract entered into between shareholders in a (limited liability) company which regulates their relationship. A shareholder agreement protects shareholders by setting out what happens if things go wrong or the shareholders have a disagreement. When starting up a ... More!


31 October 2017 - Recruitment Agency Contracts: Tips for Job Seekers

Recruitment Agency Contracts: Tips for Job Seekers

If you're looking for a new job then you may be thinking about using a recruitment agency.  This article looks at some of the legal aspects of a recruitment agency contract and explains a bit about how recruitment agencies work. How Recruitment Agencies Work Recruitment agencies are in the busin ... More!


17 October 2017 - Cohabitation Agreement: Legal Protection for Unmarried Couples

Cohabitation Agreement: Legal Protection for Unmarried Couples

A cohabitation agreement is a sensible way for unmarried couples to protect their financial interests.  It may seem an unromantic notion, but a making a cohabitation agreement (or 'living together agreement') is  practical and easy to do. Making a written agreement doesn't mean that you think the ... More!


9 October 2017 - Lodger Tenancy Agreement - Tips for 1st Time Landlords

Lodger Tenancy Agreement - Tips for 1st Time Landlords

Taking in a lodger can be a great way to turn your spare bedroom into extra income.  If you haven't had a lodger before this article will tell you what you need to do to prepare.  One of the key things is to have a written lodger tenancy agreement.   But before you ask your lodger to sign a legal ag ... More!


3 October 2017 - How Do I Make My Document Legally Binding?

How Do I Make My Document Legally Binding?

A question we regularly get asked at the Clickdocs support desk is "what do I need to do to make my document legally binding?" This can apply to a wide range of legal agreements: from commercial leases, to loan agreements, contracts of employment and everything in between. In this article we discuss ... More!


26 September 2017 - Employers, Recruitment Policies and Right to Work Checks

Employers, Recruitment Policies and Right to Work Checks

As an employer, your recruitment policy is an important tool in helping you comply with a wide range of employment legislation. This includes making sure that anyone you employ actually has a right to work in the UK. In many cases this requirement is quite straightforward but it really does pay to g ... More!


19 September 2017 - Selling your Home: Estate Agent Contract

Selling your Home: Estate Agent Contract

In this article we look at some of the legal terms you can expect to see in an estate agent contract. If you are a home owner getting ready to sell your house using an estate agent, this article is for you. Estate agent agreement - a legal contract Whether you use a traditional high street estate ... More!


11 September 2017 - Standard T&Cs: Make Them Easy to Read

Standard T&Cs: Make Them Easy to Read

How easy to read are the standard terms and conditions (T&Cs) of your business? They don't need to be long-winded or couched in legal terminology. Making your terms of business understandable makes sense for you and your customers. Why have written terms and conditions? If you run your own ... More!


6 September 2017 - Commercial Leases: Key Facts for New Businesses

Commercial Leases: Key Facts for New Businesses

There comes a time when many start-ups need to move into commercial premises, which usually means signing a commercial lease agreement.  Not many new businesses can afford to buy premises early on, so the first shop, salon or workshop will probably be leased.  Entering into a commercial lease ag ... More!


28 July 2017 - Legal Documents for Startups

Legal Documents for Startups

"What legal documents do I need?" is probably not the first question that springs to mind when starting a new business  And rightly so.  Starting a new business presents a whole range of exciting possibilities and challenges.  Having said that, thinking about some basic legal matters early on makes ... More!


12 July 2017 - Contract of Employment: Varying Terms

Contract of Employment: Varying Terms

We've talked before about the importance of having a written contract of employment. But what happens when you want to change terms of the employment contract? Maybe you want to give your employee a pay rise, maybe economic challenges mean you need to change overtime rates. Maybe your employee asks ... More!


12 July 2017 - Commercial Lease Agreement: Opting Out

Commercial Lease Agreement: Opting Out

Signing a commercial lease agreement is a big first step for new businesses.  Leases for commercial properties are much more complicated than residential tenancies. But a little knowledge goes a long way: once you understand the key legal concepts involved it doesn't seem quite so bad. In this artic ... More!


14 June 2017 - Tenancy Agreements tips for Landlords

Tenancy Agreements tips for Landlords

Are you thinking about becoming a residential landlord? If so, you hopefully understand the importance of written tenancy agreements already. We've put together some other top tips to help you get the legal side of things right. Types of tenancy agreements We can't over-stress the importance o ... More!

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