Macclesfield Express - - HOMES - REL­A­TIVE VAL­UES HOW-TO

BASED wood paints have im­proved in re­cent years – a pro­fes­sional dec­o­ra­tor re­cently told me some white ones don’t yel­low now – but I still pre­fer wa­ter-based wood paints, as there’s def­i­nitely no dan­ger of them dis­colour­ing.

They also dry quickly and although you have to do sev­eral coats of white, es­pe­cially on bare wood,

For ad­vice from Du­lux Trade on ap­ply­ing wa­ter-based wood paint, watch the video at www. youtube/watch? v=Amdgk7Eo3ss MY brother hadn’t seen his real par­ents or fam­ily for over 50 years – since he was ‘adopted’ by my own par­ents when he came to us in his early teens. He never mar­ried, and now he’s died ap­par­ently with­out mak­ing a will, it seems his money will go to rel­a­tives he never even knew. THAT’S un­for­tu­nately true. I take it your par­ents didn’t go through the legal process of for­mally adopt­ing him – in which case of course he isn’t of­fi­cially your brother – but just took him un­der their wing. In which case, if there’s no will, and he didn’t have any chil­dren of his own, his blood rel­a­tives stand to in­herit. Hav­ing said that, if there was any­one, in­clud­ing mem­bers of your fam­ily, who re­lied on your brother for fi­nan­cial sup­port, they may be able to ap­ply for rea­son­able fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sion from his es­tate un­der the In­her­i­tance Act 1975. WE live in the mid­dle cottage of three in a ter­raced row with long gar­dens at the rear. How­ever, when we put our house on the mar­ket the lo­cal vicar told the es­tate agent that the last 15 yards of the gar­den ac­tu­ally be­longed to the church. The cou­ple next door say the cot­tages had the use of the land for the last 30 years to their knowl­edge – but the bound­aries aren’t marked on the ti­tle deeds. BOUND­ARIES round older prop­er­ties are of­ten the cause of dis­putes. If that part of your gar­den is not in­cluded in your ti­tle deeds it may be that you can claim own­er­ship of the land if you can show that ei­ther you, or you to­gether with the pre­vi­ous own­ers of the house, have had ‘ex­clu­sive and quiet pos­ses­sion’ of the church land for more than 12 years. How­ever the law on ad­verse pos­ses­sion has changed, and in any case this could well hold up the sale of your prop­erty, so I sug­gest you dis­cuss it with your solic­i­tor.


MY wife and I have sep­a­rate bank ac­counts. I have made a will leav­ing ev­ery­thing to her, but she hasn’t made a will. Would I be en­ti­tled to what was in her bank ac­count if she died first? UN­DER the in­tes­tacy rules – for peo­ple who die with­out leav­ing a will – you as her hus­band would be en­ti­tled to in­herit your wife’s en­tire es­tate if you have no chil­dren. If you do have chil­dren you would re­ceive ev­ery­thing up to £250,000 plus half of any­thing above that sum. Your wife should still make a will though to de­ter­mine what will hap­pen to her money and as­sets if she does out­live you.

Call SAS Daniels LLP So­lic­i­tors on 0161 475 7676 or 01625 442 100. Visit www.sas­daniels. co.uk. If you have any legal ques­tions, write to Weekly Law and You, MEN Me­dia, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Av­enue, Chad­der­ton, OL9 8EF, or leave your query on the legal ad­vice line 0117 964 4794.

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