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Job opportunity-Conveyancing Solicitor

Solicitor required to join our growing Practice in Newtownards.

Due to continued growth we wish to recruit a Solicitor to join our conveyancing team. You will work under the guidance of a Partner.

The ideal candidate will need excellent written and spoken communication skills and be able to work to deadlines in a busy office. You must be capable of working independently and as part of a team. Conveyancing experience is required We focus on developing our staff and have a very low staff turnover.

This opportunity would ideally suit a Solicitor with 2-3 years PQE. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please ensure your CV is accurate and up to date and email CV together with cover letter, in confidence, to ben@boydricesolicitors.com

 

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Job opportunity- Legal Executive/ Paralegal

Legal executive required to join our growing Practice in Newtownards

We are currently accepting CVs with a cover letter from legal executives/ paralegals to join our busy and expanding litigation and conveyancing teams.

The successful applicant will be based in our office in Newtownards and will work closely with two Partners.

Experience in conveyancing or litigation is desirable but not essential.

The successful applicant can expect a competitive salary and potentially a training contract if commitment and aptitude is shown.

Please ensure your CV is accurate and up to date. The CV should include your full employment history inclusive of dates, all academic achievements and full personal contact details. Please send your CV and cover letter to neil@boydricesolicitors.com

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Top Rated

We are absolutely delighted that we now have over 100+ reviews and counting on our Google My Business listing. This is more Google reviews than any other law firm in the Ards or North Down area.

Thank you to all our clients who took the time to leave such positive reviews!

If you need any legal advice on;

Family
Personal Injury Claims
Conveyancing
Wills & Estates

Please get in touch with our team.

buying a home

A Guide for Executors

Boyd Rice Solicitors provide a full service for executors acting in the administration of estates. In the event of a death, we deal with the administration of a person’s estate, even if the will has been prepared by another firm.  Where there is no will the same general process is followed, and the person administering the estate is referred to as the administrator rather than executor.

Most people know that the executors of a will have responsibility to ensure that the wishes of the person who made that will are carried out following their death. In practice, what does that involve?

The administration process can be broken down into four main areas. The input of the executor in each area is important.

Step 1 – Identify the assets and liabilities of the estate

To administer the estate the executor must take all reasonable steps to:

  • Gather all documentation regarding the deceased’s assets. This will include all bank and/or saving account details, life insurance policies and details of any investments including premium bonds.
  • Obtain details of the deceased’s house, land or any other property that they owned, together with information regarding insurance.
  • Identify chattels having significant value other than ordinary household goods.
  • Obtain details of any gifts exceeding £3,000 per year made in the last seven years before the deceased died.
  • Identify any money that may be due to the estate.
  • Contact the Department of Communities on 0800 085 2463 to stop any state pension or benefit payments.
  • Gather all information relating to any outstanding debts. This may include credit cards, rates or utility bills and would also include the funeral account.

Step 2 – Applying for a Grant of Probate or Administration

A Grant of Probate or Administration (where there is no will) provides the executor’s title to deal with the deceased’s estate.  Financial institutions will require sight of it before closing accounts and paying the monies due to the estate and it is also required if any property is to be sold or transferred.

The main documents to be completed in order that application for a Grant can be made are an inheritance tax account (IHT) and an oath for executor or administrator.  Various time limits apply in relation to inheritance tax.  Most importantly if IHT is payable it must be paid within six months of the  end of the month of death and a return filed within twelve months of the end of the month of death.

Once all necessary documentation has been completed, signed and sworn we will then arrange for the Application for a Grant to be lodged with the Probate Office, an office within the High Court.

Step 3 – Gathering in the assets

Once the grant has issued the executors are in a position to gather in the assets of the estate.  This will usually involve:

  • the completion of forms to close bank accounts.
  • application for payment to the estate of monies payable under life policies or other policies.
  • the sale of shares or the encashment of investments.
  • the sale of a house or land or other property.

Step 4 – Distribution of the estate

It is important to be aware that the debts, funeral and testamentary expenses of the estate must be paid in full before any beneficiaries receive their interest under the will.

Once the estate is ready for final distribution, we will prepare the estate accounts. These accounts will show the assets and liabilities in the estate, and its distribution to beneficiaries.

 

Our Role

Throughout the process of administration we will provide guidance and advice,  draft all necessary documentation, deal with any correspondence and communicate with all parties involved.  In particular:

We will provide advice on:

  • The validity and interpretation of the will.
  • If the deceased died intestate, the entitlement to take a grant and the devolution of the estate.
  • The relevant law and Inheritance Tax.

We will also

  • Obtain details of the assets from the personal representatives and take appropriate steps to value these for IHT purposes.
  • Prepare IHT accounts, settle any IHT, prepare the oath and apply for a grant.
  • Pay debts and realise or transfer assets.
  • Prepare estate accounts and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.

 

For further information please contact one of our Probate and Estates Team on 02891817715 or estates@boydricesolicitors.com

 

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Boyd Rice Solicitors announce two new Solicitor appointments

We are delighted to be in a position to bring some good news during these unprecedented and difficult times.

As part of our continued growth and in keeping with our commitment to offer the highest standard of legal representation to our clients, two Solicitors have joined our Team.

David McCormick joins our Conveyancing department and Wills & Estates department. He brings a wealth of experience across both practice areas having worked in both Belfast City Centre and market Towns in the past. At a time when the property market is buoyant, David’s experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing will ensure that we will remain in a position to accept instructions from new clients and existing clients alike.

Our Family and Matrimonial department has been extremely busy during the entirety of 2020 and, to enable us to continue to provide the best possible service to our growing client base in Newtownards, Bangor, Holywood and surrounding areas, Una Conway has joined the Firm. Una is a familiar face in the Family Courts throughout Northern Ireland and is held in high esteem by clients and other Family Law Practitioners.

Further information in respect of David and Una can be found on our website;

https://www.boydricesolicitors.com/the-team/

or on our updated brochure;

https://www.boydricesolicitors.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Boyd-Rice-Solicitors-Brochure.pdf

To contact David or Una please telephone 02891817715 or alternatively email;

David McCormick: david@boydricesolicitors.com

Una Conway: una@boydricesolicitors.com

 

Divorce settlement solicitors Newtownards

Grounds for Divorce in Northern Ireland

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on various aspects of our lives. Many relationships have been affected. A recent BBC report (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-54117821) suggests that we are likely to see a ‘divorce boom’ as the pandemic has intensified relationship difficulties. The prospect of initiating divorce proceedings may now be a consideration for many of us. As understanding of the grounds on which divorce may be granted is a helpful starting point.

Firstly, it is important to remember that in Northern Ireland you need to have been married for at least two years before you can petition for a divorce. Your marriage must have broken down irretrievably, and your petition must be made on one of the following grounds.

Adultery

This ground can be used when your spouse has committed adultery during the time of your marriage. You must be able to prove that your spouse has committed adultery, which can be difficult to do in court if your spouse has not admitted to it. It is important to remember that if you continue to live with your spouse for more than six months after they have committed adultery, then you cannot use this as a ground for divorce.

Unreasonable behaviour

To be granted a divorce on the ground of unreasonable behaviour, you must be able to show that your spouse has behaved in such a way that you can no longer be reasonably expected to live with them. For example, if they have been verbally or physically abusive towards you, if they have alcohol or drug addictions which have made them difficult to live with, or if there is a lack of communication between you.

Desertion

If your spouse has left you for at least two years without your consent and without cause and it is clear your spouse has no intention of returning, you may petition for divorce on the ground of desertion.  This ground is rarely used because it has been largely displaced by reliance on the fact of two years separation which is explained below.

Two years separation

You can be granted a divorce if you and your spouse have lived separately for two years, provided that your spouse consents to the divorce. You can still live in the same property as your spouse for up to six months, but you must live completely separate lives for example, cooking separately and not spending any time together.

Five years separation

If you and your spouse have lived separately for five years or more, you can ask the court for a divorce on this ground. You do not need your spouse’s consent and there is therefore no defence to this ground.

No fault divorces?

There has been some suggestion recently of introducing ‘no fault’ divorces, which would allow a couple to divorce simply because their marriage has irretrievably broken down.  Many support this idea as it could reduce conflict, remove blame and simplify the divorce process. Others, however, fear it could have a negative impact on the sanctity of marriage, by making divorce too easy.  While ‘no fault’ divorces may be something seen in the future, for now divorce in Northern Ireland remains possible only on the grounds described above.

If you would like advice in relation to divorce proceedings, or any other matrimonial issues please give us a call on 02891 817715 or contact our us by email at info@boydricesolicitors.com.

Boyd Rice Solicitors- top for injury claims in Newtownards

Figures released by Department for Communities confirm Boyd Rice Solicitors assisted more injured people than any other Solicitor in Newtownards in 2019.

The figures also confirm that we handled more injury claims than any other Solicitor in Bangor, Portaferry and Comber.

For over 30 years Boyd Rice Solicitors have been representing injured clients. The statistics demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing legal advice, help and support to the people of Newtownards and surrounding areas who have been injured in an accident that was not their fault.

We offer a free initial consultation where we will confidentially discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident and will handle your case through to conclusion. We regularly attend Newtownards Court on behalf of our clients ensuring that they get the best possible result.

Neil McGranaghan who manages the Litigation Department in Boyd Rice commented as follows;

“The figures highlight our commitment to assisting injured clients in Newtownards and the surrounding areas. We will help to alleviate the stress caused by an accident by guiding our clients through the legal process involved in making a claim with minimal fuss. We have established relationships with the leading medical experts in Northern Ireland ensuring that our clients obtain a full understanding of the extent of their injuries with a view to achieving the best possible outcome in their case.”

 

Neil is a member of the Association of Personal Injuries Lawyers (APIL), a group of Lawyers who are dedicated to protecting and enhancing access to justice, improving the services provided for victims of personal injury and campaigning to change the law wherever appropriate.

Neil can be contacted on 02891817715 or by email neil@boydricesolicitors.com

What to Look out For When Purchasing a New Home

Government announces Stamp Duty “Holiday” in Summer Statement

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, today announced that the threshold for Stamp Duty liability would be increased to £500,000.00 – with immediate effect. Boyd Rice Solicitors have clients that will benefit from this within the week, saving up to £10,000.00. This “holiday” will last until the end of March 2021.

We are expecting a lot of activity as buyers aim to take advantage of this welcome boost. For further information please see https://www.ftadviser.com/mortgages/2020/07/08/chancellor-confirms-stamp-duty-holiday/ or call our office on 02891 817715 to discuss how we can fulfil your house moving needs.

Case arising from a broken streetlight settles for £4,000 plus costs.

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf Mrs D in relation to her personal injury claim arising from a fall in a dark street.

Mrs D was leaving her daughter’s house in the early evening when she tripped and fell over a trailer bar. Mrs D was unable to see the obstruction as the area was pitch black. Mrs D travelled to the Ulster Hospital in her daughter’s car for treatment of injuries to her ribs, face and knee. The streetlight responsible for the area was not operational at the time of the incident.

Although x-rays of her knee and chest showed no fracture, Mrs D had suffered significant bruising with the pain in her knee subsiding only after an injection. She also had facial bruising.

In what proved to be a very interesting case, our client advised that her daughter in-law’s neighbour had made complaints about the faulty streetlight for 3-4 months preceding the accident as well as reporting it to their local MP.

Neil McGranaghan directed a letter of claim to the Department for Infrastructure. Correspondence alleged the incident arose from the Department’s negligence in failing to ensure the safety of the public emphasising the fact that the streetlight was not working at the time of the incident and had not been working for some time. Liability for the accident was disputed by the Department for Infrastructure and we issued Court proceedings on our client’s behalf.

Although a Court date was set, settlement was reached without the need to attend Court for the sum of £4,000 plus our client’s legal costs.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;

Thanks Neil! Always kept me up to date with everything. My claim was handled very quickly and efficiently.

The issue with broken street lights is widely reported in local media. If you sustained injuries from a fall due to lack of street lighting and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Update on Coronavirus

In keeping with public health recommendations, we would encourage our clients to contact us by phone rather than attend our offices. This is to ensure the safety of both our clients and our staff.  If you require a face to face meeting we will of course endevour to facilitate you.

Thank you for your understanding.