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What do civil solicitors do?

What do civil solicitors do?

If you’ve ever wondered what civil solicitors Portsmouth do or what the difference between a criminal and civil solicitor is, then wonder no more! The legal system can seem like a world of its own and many people hope that they will never have to rely on the services of a legal team. However, it is highly likely that at some point in your life, you will in fact need a solicitor, but it’s not all about the defence dramas you watch on TV. Criminal law is the system that seeks to punish those whom the police believe have committed a criminal offence, by breaking a law set out in the legal system. In the civil courts, solicitors deal with disputes between parties, including individuals and organisations. However, civil solicitors also deal with conveyancing (buying and selling property),  probate (wills), alongside disputes such as family law (divorce, arrangements for children etc), personal injury and powers of attorney (having the legal right to manage someone’s affairs when they are no longer able to do so). Here’s the information on some main areas of civil law. Conveyancing In what should be an exciting period of your life, buying and selling property can actually be extremely stressful. Finding a solicitor who can smooth the road for the legalities of this momentous event is essential. Conveyancing solicitors can ensure that you don’t end up investing in a property that has legal implications that you weren’t expecting which can have negative repercussions for your particular situation. For example, some properties may be in a flood risk area and your solicitor would be able to identify this risk and order flood reports for you, so that you can make an informed decision before you sign on the dotted line. Investing in a reputable and experienced legal

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What is a probate solicitor and how can they help?

What is a probate solicitor and how can they help?

If you are dealing with someone’s affairs after they have passed away, it can be a challenging time, especially if they were someone close to you. A probate solicitor Emsworth can help you with all of the legal proceedings when going through this process, and will do all they can to make it as easy as possible for you. What they do There are so many things that your solicitor will be able to help you with when it comes to dealing with someone’s affairs. From start to finish they will ensure that all of the information given is correct, and that you are aware of, knowledgeable and happy with the proceedings. Applying for probate If someone close to you is preparing their will and you are in it, you may need to apply for probate. By doing this, it gives you the legal right to deal with that person’s property, money and possessions when they die. This is one of the first things that your probate solicitor can help you with. They can supply you with all of the necessary documents, and make sure you have given the correct information to avoid a penalty. There are some circumstances where you won’t need to apply for probate, such as if the person only had money in a savings account and didn’t own their property for example. Your solicitor will be able to tell you whether you need to apply for probate at the beginning of the process. Valuing the estate Another thing that your solicitor will be able to do is value any properties that the deceased person owned. This may be needed when applying for probate, so it’s an important step. Your solicitor will then be able to write up the correct documents to show this information so it

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Why do you need a sexual offence solicitor?

Why do you need a sexual offence solicitor?

Sexual offence is a broad term that covers many different types of acts, ranging from unwanted attention or stalking, indecent exposure, pimping, sex trafficking and rape. A sexual offence can be carried out against an adult, child or even a corpse. Depending on the nature of the sexual offence, they can have very serious implications and result in life imprisonment here in the UK. Sexual offences of a less serious nature may sometimes be triable either way in a magistrate’s court or crown court. However, most sexual offences, such as rape and sexual crimes against children, are indictable only, which means that they are tried in a crown court and can receive maximum sentencing. Involve your solicitor from the onset Regardless of whether you have been falsely accused of a sexual offence, unknowingly committed a sexual offence or are guilty of a sexual crime, it is important that you contact a sexual offence solicitor immediately. If you have carried out a crime and are unsure as to whether you will be facing an allegation or not, it is still vital that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible so that you are ready and prepared for when you either are placed under arrest or receive a summons or charge sheet. The sexual offences act 2003 explains in much detail about the different types of sexual offences, the charges you may face, the sentencing for the relevant crimes and the issue of consent, which will play an important part in your case. It is important that you and your solicitor are able to find out exactly what you are being accused of at the onset so that you can put together a tailored case to try and reduce the charges and achieve the best possible outcome in your situation. If

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Types of Personal Loans

Types of Personal Loans

A bank loan is usually when a financial institution lends to consumers for a specific period of time. As part of the bank loan, the consumer is required to pay back a specified amount of interest per annum, or month, over a specified period of time. Unsecured Bank Loan. This is a loan that makes use of an asset as collateral against which you are able to borrow a large amount. But in case of default, your asset could be taken possession of by the lender. The advantage with unsecured loans is that the rate of interest is higher than secured loans. Home Equity Loans. Home equity loans can be used to pay off debts such as credit cards and car loans. The loan is secured against the borrower’s house, which he is using as collateral, but the interest rate is lower than that on other bank loans. Although you can obtain a larger amount under home equity loans, you need to repay the entire amount in about 10 years, but the lower rate of interest makes it more manageable. Personal Loans. Most credit unions offer personal loans at fairly reasonable rates, and at times have special financing options for those with bad credit. Personal loans can be unsecured or secured. Unsecured personal loans are generally for larger amounts such as buying a car or house. Bad Credit. There are banks that specialize in bad credit loans. Some lenders are willing to offer personal loans even for people who have filed for bankruptcy. Even if you have been turned down elsewhere, you may qualify for unsecured personal loans from these lenders. Lenders who specialize in these loans often offer better terms to borrowers, since they do not have to put up collateral. But, you must be aware that these types

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Bookkeeping – An Overview

Bookkeeping – An Overview

Bookkeeping is the recording of daily financial transactions, which is a significant part of the system of accounting in most companies and industry sectors. It involves preparing financial resource documents for company operations, processes, operations and many other occurrences of an organization. The ultimate objective of bookkeeping is to record financial transactions as they occur and provide interpretation for decision support. A number of methods are available to record financial transactions such as the single-entry system or double-entry system. Single-entry bookkeeping system records financial transactions in single account. Under this method, the date and amount of each transaction is entered; however, since the data is not written in code, it is prone to errors. Double-entry bookkeeping system records each transaction twice; the first record is for the current transaction and the second is for the previous transaction that was debited or credited. The single entry bookkeeping method makes use of certain computer software tools to record financial transactions and provides visual evidence for the recording and interpretation of data. The primary benefit of using this method is that the transactions are more easily recognized and may be immediately acted upon when required. Double-entry bookkeeping system makes use of bank reconciliation software to record financial transactions and use the cash basis method to record receivables. The software uses the debit and credit instruments to record financial transactions. Bookkeeping and accounting clerks, along with auditors, keep track of all company transactions. They create records of transactions by creating a database that contains details about each transaction. The accounting clerks prepare reports from the database by interpreting and comparing the information contained in the entries made in the books. The data is stored in computers, which are controlled by the accounting clerks, keeping track of transactions. Bookkeeping is divided into three basic forms:

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The courts and the criminal justice system

The courts and the criminal justice system

When a criminal case is taken into court, the criminal solicitor will assist the barrister in preparing the file and collating all the evidence required. The criminal justice system is designed in such a way that all the organisations that are involved in the criminal process work together seamlessly to reach a conclusion that is just to all parties involved. What are the different courts involved in the criminal justice process? The court system in the UK is relatively simple to understand. There is a civil law system and a correlating criminal law system. There is a hierarchy of courts which means that there is a system that needs to be followed. An individual will not be able to take a case directly to the high court – it will need to be referred from what is known as one of the lower courts. The first division of courts or branches of courts that a case will have to be heard in is either the magistrates court or the Crown Court. The magistrates and Crown Courts hear all small and lower offence crimes, but sometimes the Crown Court can also try more high profile cases. This will be measured on a case by case basis. The next level of courts that a case can be moved to if the judges are unable to deal with the case at Crown Court level will be the High Court. This is usually for criminal offences relating to murder and rape and the more serious offences. What is the role of the judge and the jury? The judge and the jury play crucial roles in the criminal court process. The jury’s role is to listen to the case as it is presented to them by the barristers for the prosecution and for the defence,

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