An­gela Brown

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES - BUILDERS RE­TURN

Daniels LLP So­lic­i­tors I’VE just paid out a lot of money to buy a house in a new de­vel­op­ment. But as soon as the deal was con­cluded the builders were back. They took down the fences out­side and then erected scaf­fold­ing in my gar­den in or­der to start work on ad­join­ing hous­ing units. Do I have any right to com­pen­sa­tion? IT’S pos­si­ble that your deeds con­tain a pro­vi­sion al­low­ing the builders to carry out fur­ther work on ad­join­ing land from your prop­erty. Check this with your so­lic­i­tor. You may be en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion if the builders go be­yond the bounds of what a court would con­sider rea­son­able; if the builders are en­ti­tled to use your gar­den agree a com­ple­tion date and in­sist they stick to it. The very least they should do is re­store your gar­den to the way it was.

COST OF CARE

I HAVE a Last­ing Power of At­tor­ney to man­age my fa­ther-in-law’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs. He suf­fered a stroke last year and now needs to live in a residential care home, but he’s con­cerned that the pro­ceeds from the sale of his house will not pass to his grand­chil­dren but will be re­quired to pay for his keep. Can I sell the prop­erty? UN­LESS there’s a spe­cific lim­i­ta­tion to your power of at­tor­ney you can sell the house but your fa­ther-in-law is cor­rect. It’s likely that at least some of the pro­ceeds will be re­quired to pay for his care in the home if he is not el­i­gi­ble for NHS Con­tin­u­ing Healthcare fund­ing. If he gives his money to you or his grand­chil­dren specif­i­cally to avoid the fees - or you MY wife and I are ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the will of a friend who died over 12 months ago. Shortly af­ter her death we were no­ti­fied by the so­lic­i­tors that the sums nom­i­nated in the will would be for­warded upon set­tle­ment of the es­tate. There is noth­ing par­tic­u­larly com­pli­cated about the will, and I have writ­ten to the so­lic­i­tors twice to ask why it’s tak­ing so long but have re­ceived no re­ply. FIVE years ago I pur­chased the lease of a maisonette, but re­cently I re­ceived a let­ter from

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