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Vehicle Emissions Fiasco 

 
How does the vehicle emissions fiasco affect you ? 
 
The headlines have been dominated recently by revelations that several international car manufacturers have deliberately mislead their customers with regard to vehicle emissions. It has come as no surprise that sales of these vehicles, previously perceived as indicators of a certain privileged lifestyle, have fallen dramatically. 
 
You may be wondering what this means for you, especially if you are not an owner of one of the affected brands. Well, if you thinking of buying a car in the near future, whether straight off the production line or second hand from a dealer, there are a few important facts you should consider first. 
 
The right to cancel 
There is no statutory right to cancel a contract for the purchase of a vehicle. You may only be able to do this if the contract allows, or if the vehicle is not sold as described or is faulty in some way. This is why it is so important to really make sure you are happy with what you are buying, before you enter into a legally binding contract to buy it. It’s a cliché but you must read the small print first. Going back to our headline above, a ‘scare’ story in the news is not a sufficient legal basis on which to try and terminate a contract early. 
 
Finance 
Many people rely on finance agreements to fund the purchase of a new car, whether for the full amount or to supplement a cash deposit. Again, you must make sure you fully understand what you are signing and the effect it will have on you. There is no need to rush into signing anything, don’t be afraid to ask for some thinking time before committing pen to paper. 
 
It is always better to seek legal advice before the problem has arisen, rather than later when your options may be severely limited. 
 
If you do run into difficulties with a car purchase, please do contact us for further advice. One of our litigation team will be more than happy to discuss your matter. 

Writing a Will 

 
Why write a will? 
 
Recent studies suggest that less than half of the UK population have written a will, yet when probed, many clients will respond with ‘it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, I just haven’t gotten round to it’. We aim to show you why this should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list. 
 
Very briefly, if a person dies without having written a will, they are known as ‘intestate’ and their estate is then divided up according to a set of rules known as the ‘Intestacy rules’. Whether they were married at the time of their will have a big effect on what happens to their estate. If they were married, the surviving spouse will usually inherit the estate although there are exceptions. The situation can be more complicated if the deceased was not married at the time of their death, the estate will then pass to the nearest living relative and this may not be what the deceased person would have wanted and can be incredibly upsetting for their partner. In both cases, writing a will is the best way of avoiding this type of uncertainty. 
 
Once you have written your will, it is probably a good idea to let your friends or family know where it is kept. Surprisingly, there is no central register of wills in the UK and it can therefore be very difficult to track down beneficiaries. 
 
We would also recommend that once you have made your will, you discuss its contents with your intended beneficiaries. This has many advantages, not least it will allow any possible questions to be answered by you. There have been many cases where family members have been disappointed and upset by the contents of wills. If you are able to talk about it beforehand, it will be much easier for your family and friends to accept your intentions. 
 
We offer a comprehensive wills and probate service at competitive rates. A face to face consultation is not always necessary and we can also store your will safely for you. Please do get in touch with us to find out more. 
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