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Around 180,000 people a year die intestate (without making a Will). That is a shocking 56% of UK deaths. This might sound gloomy, but are there any pros to not making a Will? Here, our legal experts look at the positives of giving all of your capital to the state by default…More...



Most flats are held on a leasehold basis. This means you have the right to use and live at the property for a fixed period of time, in accordance with the terms of the ‘lease’, the terms of this being the agreement between the freeholder and yourself. Upon the expiration of the lease, ownership of the property then reverts back to the freeholder.

Sounds gloomy; but is buying a leasehold property really all that bad? Here, Rachel Church, a solicitor in our firm, discusses the pros and cons of purchasing leasehold properties; offering some advice on some particularly common situations that prospective buyers can find themselves in. More...


Divorce can be a complicated time of your life. Therefore, it is important to enlist the services of a trained and experienced divorce solicitors firm and gain all the knowledge you can about the process in order to ensure the best possible outcome. 

Part of this is knowing your legal responsibilities. Do you have to pay spousal maintenance? Our solicitors tell all. More...


Nearly 5,000 Welsh purchasers have now utilised the Help to Buy scheme to get onto the property ladder and we are proud to say that Howells were the first conveyancing solicitors to complete a Help to Buy Transaction in Wales. We've completed a total of 1,146 to date- equating to 23% of all cases. 

Now, almost half a decade later, the government mortgage guarantee scheme has come to an end, but the Help to Buy ISA and Help to Buy equity loan continue to be a popular choice for first time buyers. But, where are these Welsh buyers purchasing and what type of properties are they selecting? 




House prices have been rising, making it increasingly difficult for people to save up for the deposit they require to climb onto the first rung of the property ladder.

More and more first time buyers are receiving financial assistance from parents and, in some cases, their grandparents when purchasing their first home. Legal and General recently published a report listing the ‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ as being responsible for funding 25% of mortgage transactions this year. More...


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