Emsleys Blog

  • Five tips for travelling in wintry conditions

    Five tips for travelling in wintry conditions

    It’s the first day of February and the weather has definitely turned, with snow and ice affecting driving conditions across the UK. Unfortunately road traffic accidents are more common at this time of year, so we’ve put together some… Read More

  • Do I need a notary public?

    Do I need a notary public?

    If you need a document authenticating or legalising for use abroad, you will require a notary public. A notary public is an internationally recognised qualified lawyer. Notaries often also practise as solicitors – our notary public… Read More

  • Why should coal mining affect my house purchase?

    Why should coal mining affect my house purchase?

    On a recent visit to the National Coal Mining Museum a retired miner told me the whole of Yorkshire is held up by steel props. Given the extent of coal mining during and after the industrial revolution this may not be as far fetched as it… Read More

  • Divorcing online in the New Year?

    Divorcing online in the New Year?

    The Ministry of Justice is celebrating the results from a £1bn investment to introduce new technology into the court system. Online divorce was one of several services introduced in the last 12 months. This was in response to… Read More

  • What happens if I don’t make a will?

    What happens if I don’t make a will?

    Less than half of the adult population have a valid will. There are lots of reasons why people don’t make a will – for example, they may think they don’t have anything valuable to leave or they may believe that their loved ones will… Read More

  • ​Jargon buster: Conveyancing

    ​Jargon buster: Conveyancing

    Are you selling your property or looking to buy your next house? Throughout the process you may encounter some unfamiliar words and phrases. We’ve put together an A-Z of property buying and selling to help make sense of it all:… Read More

  • Banks to check account names in bid to combat fraud

    Banks to check account names in bid to combat fraud

    Banks are moving to combat transfer fraud with the introduction of a new system to check account names from next year.  Buyers and sellers of property are targeted by criminals committing ‘authorised push payment’ fraud. The… Read More

  • Can Japanese knotweed be a problem when buying a house?

    Can Japanese knotweed be a problem when buying a house?

    What is Japanese knotweed? Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a tall, fast-growing Japanese plant, with bamboo-like stems and small white flowers. Although it has been grown as an ornamental, it tends to become an aggressive… Read More