son should contact her to see whether she agrees to the property being sold in accordance with the court order. Alternatively she and her new partner could purchase his interest in the property. I strongly recommend that your son consults a solicitor about this.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
I AM thinking of putting a 22ft sun lounge on the rear of my bungalow. Will this affect my lease (for which I pay £12 per annum) and will I need planning permission? AS far as your lease is concerned you may well find that the freeholder’s consent is required before you make any substantial alterations to your property. Don’t proceed without it! Consent cannot be withheld unreasonably, but you will probably be responsible for paying for any legal work or fees incurred by the freeholder. It’s unlikely that your sun lounge will require planning permission, especially since the permitted size of rear extensions has recently doubled. But there are a number of stipulations, including not covering more than 50 per cent of your garden with outbuildings, so it would be as well to submit drawings to the planning department to have this confirmed.
BLOOD IS THICKER
MY father-in-law hasn’t made a will. His wife and daughter have both died, and I wondered if, as his son-in-law, I am entitled to inherit anything from him, assuming he doesn’t outlive us all. AS long as he hasn’t made a will the rules of intestacy will apply to any money or property owned by your father-in-law, as you’re probably aware. The law provides only for blood relatives, and not for those related by marriage, so you won’t receive your late wife’s share unless he makes a will to that effect. Assuming your wife was an only child, the legacy she would have received from her father will now go to her children if she had any, but if not, to his parents, or his brothers and sisters or their children, in that order.
DOOR THAT’S AJAR
TWO years ago I had two double-glazed windows and a door fitted at the back of my house. They came with a ten-year guarantee, but now I’m unable to shut the back door because the unit seems to swell up in wet weather. The firm has changed its name, but the same man is still running it: can I force him to fix the door? IF the businessman is a sole trader who has just changed his trading name you may be able to sue him. But if he was trading as a limited company that has now gone bust you will not be able to sue the new company. It’s possible the guarantee was underwritten by insurance, or contact the manufacturers of the units: they may have been the ones to offer the guarantee in the first place.
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