Entries by amtlawyers

Landlord hit with bill after failing to clear up mess

A landlord has been hit with a fine after ignoring a court order to clear up mess. Javaid Iqbal, 51, has been told to pay more than £1,300 in fines and costs after Stoke-on-Trent City Council decided to prosecute. Council investigators were called in after residents complained about domestic waste, furniture, bricks, tiles, glass, scaffolding poles, planks […]

Judge says rich couple’s divorce battle a waste of time

A judge has described a divorcing couple’s battle over assets as a “scandalous waste of court time.” Barbara Cooke, 58, and Michael Parker, 55 have reportedly spent almost £2m on lawyers’ fees while fighting over assets worth £6.6m. Mr Justice Holman said that the pair had “completely lost touch with reality.” The dispute was heard […]

Landlord ordered to pay for sub-standard home

A rogue landlord from Plumstead has been ordered to pay £4,000 after he left an elderly couple’s home in an “appalling” state with insufficient heating and major mould. The home was investigated by environmental health officers who found the heating could not go above 16 degrees. Other concerns were found including broken electric storage heaters, […]

The Tick Box Divorce

Divorcing couples will be asked to fill a tick box form online detailing the money and assets they each want under sweeping plans to streamline the system. The newly-established ‘Financial Remedies Courts’ will then use the ten-page document to rule on the financial side of a divorce. The form allows spouses to tick boxes asking […]

Battle over mother’s £1.8m estate

Three brothers are battling over their late mother’s £1.8million will, a court has heard. Rachel Heath left her sons Jeremy, Timothy and Dominic equal shares of her fortune when she died in October 2015, aged 93. Timothy Heath, however, is fighting for a larger share of the money, claiming he was an “unpaid carer” for […]

Co-op launches even quicker online divorce service

Couples seeking “quickie divorces” can hasten the process with a new online service launched by the Co-op. The fixed-fee digital service from Co-op Legal Services allows people to start uncontested divorces online from home, supported by phone-based advice from experienced solicitors. Co-op already offers online wills and powers of attorney. Co-op estimates the service could cut the […]

Online Probate Service opens up

The Probate Service will now accept personal applications online, providing they meet certain criteria. The Probate Service has said the online application form will continue to be developed to cover a broader range of probate applications in the future. Personal applications can be made online if only one executor is applying, if there is an […]