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Commercial Property: Should I Use A Solicitor For A 5 Year Lease?

The majority of businesses need premises to operate from. These can include retail shops, offices, workshops, factories or storage facilities. While some businesses own the premises they operate from, most occupy under a lease paying a market rent.
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How to plan for the critical illness or death of an owner manager shareholder

It’s understandable that talk of death and illness can be a sensitive and unpleasant topic but for SME’s whose owners also work full time in the business, critical illness or death of a shareholder must be provided for.
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AMD's Recent Probate Talks

Recently, AMD Solicitors hosted two probate talks to outline current issues in Private Client Law. The talks are held to inform members of the public about the changing law and there are opportunities to ask questions.
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Trapped in a Loveless Marriage

Alison Dukes, a family solicitor at AMD Solicitors reviews the Court of Appeal case of Owens v Owens.
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More to Administering an Estate than Obtaining a Grant of Probate

Brenda Smyth of AMD Solicitors considers the tax implications when dealing with the administration of an estate
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What happens if you don’t have a shareholders’ agreement?

Shareholders are people (or companies) that have invested time or money into a company in return for shares (equity) in that company. Shares can have very different rights attaching, for example some shares carry voting rights, some are non-voting but where voting shares are concerned, it is important to ensure the relationship between the shareholders is documented.
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Gearing a business ready for sale

Some business owners have an overall exit strategy in mind from an early stage, quite often this involves selling their business. Preparing an exit strategy is always best practice as the unexpected can always arise, for example, a big offer from a larger company or a change in personal circumstances such as a health scare.
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How often should you carry out Preventative Measures Inspections?

Although any business needs to make sure that the vehicles they use are roadworthy, this is particularly important for businesses which hold a transport operator’s licence. Aside from other inspections such as a first-use inspection or a daily walk around check, you must also make sure you undertake a Preventative Maintenance Inspection, often referred to as a PMI, to ensure any vehicles used are roadworthy and safe to use.