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summertime divorce

Whilst many families enjoy their cherished break relaxing and spending time with their families, for some it marks the end of their relationship.

September often sees a sharp rise in the number of couples who begin divorce proceedings. Richard Scott, matrimonial solicitor and partner at Howells Solicitors explains: “It is not uncommon to see an increase of between 20% and 30% in new instructions in September with many of the new clients stating that ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ regarding their relationship took place during or after the summer holiday.”

In this mobile age, Richard Scott has noticed an increase in the number of cases where messages from a jealous ‘other party’ when the other is on holiday with their family, followed by an excuse to go off for a couple of minutes to answer often arouses or confirms suspicions and is more frequently stated as a reason on the divorce petition. More...

The family of former Cardiff-resident Frank Green, who owned a famous toy shop in Canton for over 20 years, have been able to claim back care costs from the NHS after a recent claim through the team at Howells Solicitors.

Mr Green, who served in World War II and ran the toy shop SF Green on 295 Cowbridge Road afterwards until 1969, became increasingly ill after retirement and moved into care homes in Llandough, UHW and Whitchurch hospitals. There, the authorities made no assessment for his ongoing care and informed his family that any care fees must be funded by them. The family used Mr Green’s savings and sold his home to pay for his care in the final years of his life between 2003 and 2007.

Informed by the Coughlan and Grogan cases, in which families of seriously ill people were able to claim compensation from the health authorities if they were wrongly charged with care fees, our solicitor Alison Huggins worked with Mr Green’s family to reclaim the care fees they paid. More...

sarah millard

Sarah Millard, an experienced family law solicitor, has joined the Howells Solicitors team in our Talbot Green office.

Mrs Millard has practised family law in the Rhondda for over 15 years. She sits on the Children’s Panel Accreditation Scheme, the Family Law Panel, is a member of the Family Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme and Treasurer of the Pontypridd and Rhondda District Law Society.

Mrs Millard joins the firm from a local practice where she had worked for 12 years. Her appointment will provide Howells Solicitors with the expertise to represent clients involved in children and domestic violence cases as well as other family law matters in the Rhondda and Mid Glamorgan. More...

In recent months, a new breed of firm has emerged which take a new twist on a burgeoning trend. Much like more established companies which offer to buy any vehicle, these online start-ups promise to buy any home for up to 90 per cent of their value. The lure for many house sellers is the transaction can be completed in just a matter of weeks.

If you’re in need of cash quickly, firms such as Webuyanyhouse.co.uk, Quickbuyers.co.uk and Housebuyerbureau.co.uk offer to buy your property so you can achieve a quick sale. However, vulnerable homeowners are being warned that in many cases homeowners are offered just a fraction of the property’s real value and end up tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Peter Bolton King, a spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, was quick to voice his concerns about the new firms: “Homeowners looking for a quick sale are vulnerable by definition and are prime targets for quick sale property websites. Homeowners should know they are unlikely to be offered the value they had hoped for”. More...

Conveyancing is perhaps the most nerve-jangling aspect of buying or selling a property, but mandatory as it is, you need to make sure you find yourself the very best firm for the job.

Conveyancing is the legal process involved in the transferral of a property’s ownership titles from one party to another and can be completed by either a solicitor or a specialist licensed conveyancer. 

The six main duties of a conveyancer

Whether you choose to use the services of an experienced solicitor or a dedicated licensed conveyance, there are six main responsibilities to carry out on behalf of the buyer: More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com