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18

2013

February

Announcing the Hare and Hounds challenge

18 Feb 2013

 
We’re delighted to announce that our first major fundraising initiative for our 2013 charity Pudsey Live at Home,will be the Hare & Hounds Challenge taking place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.
 
Pudsey Legal director, Paul Kaye, is a keen runner who has completed many marathons, so we’ve decided to give him a bit of a challenge – all in the name of a good cause!
 
Seven members of our team, the Hounds, will cycle approximately 23 miles along the Leeds – Liverpool Canal tow path from Rodley to Skipton, stay overnight and then complete the same route back the following day. Paul, the Hare, will be challenged to run this distance on both days (we’ll give him a slight head start!) to see if he can beat the cyclists.
 
The Hare & Hounds will all be working hard to raise money for this worthwhile local cause and you can sponsor us at our Just Giving page.
 
Founded in 1996 Pudsey Live at Home does amazing work helping older people in the local area to remain independent in their own homes. Pudsey Live at Home organises social activities and groups such as Tai Chi exercise classes, a walking club and computer group to help people keep both mind and body fit and active.
 
We’ll keep you posted on how our training and fundraising is going and look forward to your support. Be sure to check our website regularly for updates – you can even follow us on Twitter @PudseyLegal to see how we are doing

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14

2013

February

The month of love?

Ahhh February. A romantic month, with Valentine’s Day and Marriage Week all snuggled up in the middle. In the office, romance, at times, hangs heavy in the air. Some make intricate plans and surprises for spouses and partners. Others look forward to being the surprised and delighted party. While a certain further contingent, put frankly, remember the “day of love” at the last minute and pop to the garage for some flowers and a card…

Full marks for the staff member who is handcrafting a card for her loved one on the basis she has no car to shop for one and it is snowing outside. Ahhh love knows no bounds!

Big tick goes to the staff member who is cooking a carefully thought through meal for his wife. This person is known for his cooking prowess (move over J Oliver!) so it doesn’t surprise us that he is sourcing ingredients locally today.

On a more serious note, we read this week that the number of couples taking out “no nups” is soaring. ‘No nups’ are aimed at the increasing amount of couples who live together before getting married. Like pre-nuptial agreements (and often called “cohabitation agreements”), no nups  can help couples to discuss and agree what happens to assets should they spilt as well as lay out who pays for what in terms of bills and expenses during the relationship.

A “try harder” badge goes to someone who has not only failed to plan romantic gestures for her partner but has also secured his agreement to ignore Valentine’s Day completely! Mind you, she is pregnant, so surely that is the ultimate romantic gesture?

The growth in these contracts is a sign of our times as social trends have to adapt in response to economic realities. More and more couples co-habit rather than marry as this is a cheaper option. More and more couples need the financial support of their parents to pull together a deposit for a house.

And if you’re in the position of “supporting parent”, what if you want to help your child but you’re not exactly 100% in love with their choice of life partner?

If you give money to your child, to put towards a house deposit for example, a cohabitation agreement can take this financial input into account if their relationship breaks down. Parents may then consider further legal advice if they’d like full financial protection, by way of a “deed of trust” to legally protect their money.

It’s fair to say that most co-habiting couples don’t think about protecting themselves if things fall apart. However, many more would if they saw how simple the process is to set up a cohabitation agreement. This is an area of law we think will grow. Some may see that as a sad thing. We see it simply as taking sensible and practical steps to safeguard you and your family’s future – whether you’re a supporting parent or the one in the relationship.

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2013

February

Why it’s important to make a will

Around two thirds of adults in this country have never made a will as it can be a difficult thing for people to come to terms with. However dying without a will can make things incredibly tricky for those you have left behind.

 
People make many wrong assumptions about what will happen if they die without a will, which include:
 

  • Assuming everything will automatically pass to their spouse. This is only the case if you die without children
     
  • If you die with children, then your spouse would only inherit the first £250,000 and have a life interest in half of the remainder
     

If you have no will then your estate will be divided according to rules laid down by the government.  It may be the case that you have no close relatives, in which case, the government itself could profit from your estate. It is unlikely that anyone would choose this.
 
Here are some top reasons why you should make a will:

 

  • You alone decide who benefits from your estate

  • You decide who will administer your estate and carry out your wishes

  • It may help to avoid disputes between family members

  • You can appoint a guardian in your will to look after your children

  • You can make a tax efficient will to reduce your liability for inheritance tax

  • You can make a Property Trust Will to reduce your spouse’s future liability for care home fees and safeguard your home for your children

  • You can make gifts to charity and reduce your liability for inheritance tax

  • It is generally a lot cheaper and easier to administer someone’s estate where there is a valid will

 

We hope this advice is useful and our expert in wills and probate Andrew Gullet is always available to help.
 
Many people in and around Pudsey benefited from making a will during Will Aid last year and helped to make this initiative a huge success. Pudsey Legal raised £1,535.00 for the nine Will Aid charities.
 
Will Aid is the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme, which offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their will in return for a donation to help people in need in the UK and all over the world. This money is shared by nine well-known UK charities including the British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC and Save the Children. We’re very grateful to everyone who took part and helped to raise money for these worthwhile causes.
 
We’re looking forward to being able to offer more will related promotions in the coming year, so be sure to check back on our website regularly (or follows us on Twitter @pudseylegal) to find out how we can help you plan for the future.
 
Andrew Gullett
Solicitor

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2013

January

Pudsey Legal Picks ‘Pudsey Live at Home’ as its 2013 Charity of the Year

24 Jan 2013


To mark the start of a fresh new year in Pudsey, Pudsey Legal is delighted to announce that it will be supporting Pudsey Live at Home as its charity of the year in 2013.

Founded in 1996 the organisation does amazing work helping older people in the local area to remain independent in their own home. Pudsey Live at Home organises social activities and groups such as Thai Chi exercise classes, a walking club and computer group to help people keep both mind and body fit and active.

Nigel Beck, Founding Director of Pudsey Legal explains, “We choose Pudsey Live at Home because of the excellent work that it does in our community to help older people live an active, independent life. With over 400 members and 55 volunteers in our local community, Pudsey Live at Home is thriving and we look forward to supporting them in 2013.”

Pudsey Live at Home offers a comprehensive signposting service run in association with West Yorkshire Police called Casac, which provides a list of local suppliers and companies who have been police-checked and have promised to deliver good work at a reasonable cost.

Another useful facility provided by Pudsey Live at Home is the organisation of monthly Dementia Cafes, which provide somewhere social for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to go with their carer. These events are attending by someone from the Alzheimer’s Society so there is always a professional available for carers to talk to. The organisation also organises outings such as day trips to the seaside, markets and trips to the theatre.

Pat Manning, Manager of the Pudsey Live at Home Scheme said, “We are delighted with the support we are receiving from Pudsey Legal. As a firm of solicitors, they are involved in all aspects of local community life here in Pudsey and we look forward to working with them this year.”

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17

2013

January

Cash for Clubs: Sign up, support and save!

We’ve had a busy week so far on the back of a busy weekend. Saturday heralded a fundraising event at Pudsey St Laurence Cricket Club (PSLCC). In support of the Junior Tour for 2013, members raised £900 on the night in question through raffles, sponsored races and other entertainments. We attended and sponsored a race – “The Pudsey Legal Plate”. A good community evening was had by all, and the clubhouse was packed out.

PSLCC is a member of our Cash for Clubs scheme. Senior members who start signing in for the new season from 1st of February will receive their Cash for Clubs card. This means when the member, their friends and family use our services (and where a case concludes and we recover our costs) we’ll make a donation to PSLCC equating to 5% of our legal fees (excluding VAT and disbursements). 

The money is donated to the club, as our company aim is to support local, self funding clubs, whether sport based on not. So please, if you are a member of PSLCC, do keep an eye out for your Cash for Clubs card and use it freely with your friends and family.
 
We’re looking to expand our range of clubs in this scheme so, so please contact us if you know of a local initiative in the Pudsey area that needs support.
 
Have a great week,
 
Nigel Beck
Director

 
P.S. We also heard this week that a grand total of £1,535 was raised in our launch month through our participation in Will Aid week. We’re looking forward to more will promotions this year, so watch this space!

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2013

January

Pudsey Live at Home is our charity of the year for 2013

To kick the year off with a community focus we’re delighted to announce that we’ve chosen Pudsey Live at Home as our charity of the year for 2013. Founded in 1996, the organisation does incredibly valuable work helping older people in Pudsey to lead independent, active and fulfilled lives, and live securely in their own homes.
 
Their aim is to maintain independence while offering opportunities for companionship, trusted support and advice when needed. Some services are offered in the home while group activities are in a place where members can be welcomed amongst friends.
 
We feel that Pudsey Live at Home deliver really crucial services to older people in this town, services which keep people happy, cared for and safe. We feel strongly that older people are given the respect and support they deserve by a team which is skilled and focused on their needs.
 
“We’re very excited about working with Pudsey Legal in 2013,” says Pat Manning, Manager at Pudsey Live at Home. “We’re always grateful for support with fund raising but we’re just as keen to have their actual involvement in helping us to continue with and improve upon the work we do with the older people in Pudsey town.”
 
The organisation arranges outings such as day trips to the seaside, markets and theatre. In addition, they offer weekly social groups and publish a regular newsletter containing useful information, telephone links and signposting to supportive services.
Social activities are numerous and varied and include Tai Chi exercise classes, a walking club and computer group to help people keep both mind and body fit and active. Outings have included trips to Skipton and  Boundary Mill in Colne and a holiday to Blackpool is planned for April 2013.
 
The excellent signposting service, includes CASAC Community Action and Support Against Crime), which is run in association with West Yorkshire Police. It provides a list of local suppliers and companies who have been police-checked and have promised to deliver good work at a reasonable cost.
 

"I would just like to say how very much I enjoy our Friday Luncheon Group. Being in the company of friends and the care, attention and kindness we receive from the staff and volunteers"
 
Kitty Critchley, member.

"My quality of life has greatly improved since I started going to Pudsey Live at Home Scheme. My health and well-being has come on leaps and bounds and I have made lots of new friends."

Frances Taylor, member.
    

Another fantastic facility provided by Pudsey Live at Home is the organisation of a monthly Dementia Cafe, which provides somewhere social for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to go with their carer. These events are attended by someone from the Alzheimer's Society so there is always a professional available for carers to talk to. Social gatherings like this really do make a difference to people’s lives.
 
With over 400 members and 55 volunteers in our local community, Pudsey Live at Home is thriving and we look forward to supporting them further this year. We’re about to start work on plans with the team and will post an update once ideas are finalised.
 
Have a great week
Nigel Beck
Director

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07

2013

January

How to keep the peace after Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time which can make or break relationships. Here, our family law department gives advice on how to cope if you’ve experienced relationship difficulties over the Christmas period.
 

“As well as the joy and happiness that Christmas brings, it can also bring a lot of stress and strain. Traditionally there is a rise in the number of people starting divorce proceedings in January after putting a brave face on things to get through the festivities. Spending long periods of time with family members and the financial cost of Christmas can sometimes bring things to a head. Celebrities are not immune and we saw Heidi Klum and Seal separate in January 2012 after nearly seven years of marriage whilst Russell Brand filed divorce papers on December the 30th 2011 to end his marriage to Katy Perry.
 

If you’ve found the festive period taxing on your relationship, here are some simple tips which might make all the difference in the New Year:
 

  • Once all the relatives have gone, plan some things to do together so that you have some quality time together
     
  • If you’ve had a hectic Christmas doing lots of entertaining, try and have a more relaxing new year so that you don’t continue to feel stressed
     
  • Find a new hobby to do together in the New Year, especially if one or both of you have the ‘back to work’ blues.

 

It’s a fact that Britain has the highest divorce rate in the European Union Latest figures show that the number of divorces in 2011 was highest among men and women aged 40 to 44, suggesting mid life crisis could also be a key factor driving marriage splits. If you feel as though you need some support and help with your marriage, think about mediation, which is a voluntary and confidential way to try and resolve disputes  with your partner.
 
Relate is a mediation organisation which has helped thousands of people to decide what is the best next step for them and their partner. They have over 30 years of experience and I often refer couples to Relate so that they can feel sure, with the support of impartial, objective advice and guidance, that they’ve done all they can to make the right decision about the future of their marriage.

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2013

January

Happy New Year from everyone at Pudsey Legal

We just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy New Year.
 
We hope that you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas with your friends and family and look forward to seeing you all in 2013.

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17

2012

December

Shop 'til you drop?

Christmas should be a happy time spent with our family, opening presents and indulging in the occasional mince pie, but for some people it can be a time when unexpected injuries occur. It’s a fact that more than 80,000 people need hospital treatment for injuries during the festive period (statistic taken from NHS.co,uk)
Personal Injury expert Kerry Dervey tells us more about the potential accidents and hazards to watch out for during the festive season to help you have a safe and injury free Christmas.
“In the run up to Christmas, we rush around the house or out and about, doing jobs that we only find ourselves doing this time of year. It’s surprising how many situations there are where potential hazards exist, but we’re all too busy trying to get that last present or battling for the last Christmas pudding that we aren’t looking out for them. This is when accidents can happen.
In the run up to Christmas we often undertake tasks such as climbing up ladders to put up lights, which can lead to accidents and falls. Make sure that someone is on hand to help and that equipment is safe and suitable for the task ahead. Also take carry on chairs to put up or take down Christmas tree decorations and keep a close eye on what the kids are doing – they love to get involved and copy mum and dad, but make sure they are doing so in a safe way.
One of the common places for accidents to happen is in the supermarket and many of us will be doing a big shop ahead of Christmas Day to stock up on fresh vegetables and other necessities.  Inevitably the stores will be much busier than usual and the shelves will be piled high with supplies. It’s at times like this when we’re rushing to get everything ticked off our list that accidents can happen.
In my experience, trips and slips are really common in supermarkets and are often caused by products which have been dropped and left on the floor unnoticed. Other potential slip hazards in the supermarket are things like bread trays left on the floor, which people accidentally step on! Shops and supermarkets should point out any hazards that they are aware of with clear signs, however, there may be things that haven’t been spotted and it’s these things that will cause accidents.
The other thing to consider is the weather conditions. In the last few weeks here in Yorkshire we’ve had a lot of frost and black ice and the conditions have been really hazardous. Accidents can easily happen when driving or walking round the shops to get that last minute Christmas shopping done or grab a bargain in the sales.  Local councils owe a duty to keep pedestrians and motorists reasonably safe but it’s wise to take a good look at the weather forecast and prepare for every eventually. Stock up on de-icer, keep an extra blanket in the car and wear shoes that have a good grip on them to avoid slipping over.
Having said all this, if you or a member of your family are unfortunate and have an accident over the festive period, then help is at hand. Having an accident can be incredibly inconvenient, especially at this time of year, as well as painful and financially troubling so here are some top tips for staying safe this Christmas.
  • Keep decorations and cards away from fires and make sure that you blow out candles
     
  • It’s wise to buy new Christmas tree lights rather than using old ones which may have become faulty
     
  • Always switch off decorative lights before going to bed
     
  • Use scissors to open packaging rather than knives
     
  • Allow yourself plenty of time and allocate space for cooking the Christmas dinner to avoid accidents with hot fat and boiling water
     
  • Try and keep the house as tidy as possible because clutter can cause accidents and falls

 
We want you to have a safe, happy and healthy Christmas with your family and friends, but be reassured that we are here to help if you need us.”

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17

2012

December

Happy Christmas from everyone at Pudsey Legal

Christmas is almost here and we hope that you’re all as excited as we are! We wanted to wish all our customers and friends in Pudsey a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2013.
 
2012 has been a fantastic year for us, culminating in the re-launch of our business in November from Kayes Solicitors to Pudsey Legal and the opening of a second office – our head office - at the Thornbury Barracks roundabout on Bradford Road. As part of the re-launch we recruited four new experts in family law, conveyancing, personal injury and wills and probate, enabling us to provide a much wider range of services to our local community.

We’ve also had some fantastic results recently with the charity initiatives that we’ve supported. In November we took part in Will Aid’s ‘Make a Will’ month and raised over £1,500 for well-known national charities whilst more recently we supported the local community by collecting 50 gifts for the Junior Chamber International’s Secret Santa Appeal.
 
In the meantime, enjoy your Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.

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2012

December

Secret Santa Success

13 Dec 2012

 
We’re delighted to report that our support of the Secret Santa initiative, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI Bradford), has been a huge success.  Thanks to generous clients and members of staff we’ve collected 50 presents for the appeal, which helps disadvantaged children across the Bradford area.
 
On Tuesday, Philip Cavalier-Lumley, the JCI Bradford Appeal Project Manager came to our new Cringlebar House office to collect all the presents that we’ve collected over the past few weeks.  Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to contribute towards making this a success.  The initiative has been running for 24 years and we hope that our contribution has helped the children in our region.
 
Philip told us, “We are delighted that Pudsey Legal has supported the JCI Bradford Secret Santa Appeal this year.  Their new office on the Thornbury Barracks roundabout is ideally situated between Leeds and Bradford and we are grateful to the people of Pudsey and the surrounding area for their generous contributions”.
 
The countdown to Christmas really is on and we hope you’re all getting in the festive spirit as much as we are.  We’ll be posting again next week to let you know our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Bye for now!

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2012

December

Changes to the world of Personal Injury claims

The world of Personal Injury claims has been a hot topic for the last decade. Proposed changes to the small claims limit, changes to the way, and how much lawyers are paid, changes to the process for making claims have seen huge transformation. This is an industry which refuses to stand still.
 
However, recently the push for reform has become a highly publicised political football. Everybody has an opinion, most with a vested interest.
 
But what about the person who has been injured? What about the person who has been injured and needs treatment? What about the person who has been injured, needs treatment and is off work and receiving no pay?

Does this person deserve independent, expert advice or should they be left to fight for themselves?
 
Insurers claim to have the injured person’s best interests at heart. Yet as the representative of the person at fault and, thus, the party paying the compensation, it is easy to see their vested interest in paying as little as possible. After all, their first duty is to the shareholders not the injured person. Is it right that they should they act as judge, jury and executioner?
 
Equally, it is easy to see a similar argument that lawyers have a vested interest in wanting to fight to be paid as much as possible. The picture has been painted of personal injury solicitors as greedy ambulance chasers with publicity and advertisements everywhere you look.

Is it too late (or too naive) to ask for some common sense to prevail? Is this asking for utopia?
 
Now is the time for sensible heads to get together, or be banged if necessary, to agree a formula that ensures we work collaboratively for the benefit of the person who deserves a system which will deliver a fair, just and independent solution to a situation they did not ask for.
 
Now is the time for the bickering to stop and remember the PERSON central to the whole issue – the injured party.

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03

2012

December

There’s still time to help a child with the Secret Santa Appeal

03 Dec 2012

 
The countdown to Christmas really has started!  For most of us this means spending time with our family, opening lots of presents and eating delicious food.  But not everyone is this lucky and in the Leeds/Bradford area, many children will be waking up on Christmas Day without any presents at all.
 
If you would like to help a disadvantaged child in your area, then come along to Pudsey Legal and take part in the Secret Santa Appeal, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bradford.  The appeal ends this week on Sunday 9th December so you still have time to take part.  The appeal is already a great success and we're on course to collect around 40 presents for children in the region.
 
All you have to do is pop into Pudsey Legal’s new office on the Thornbury Barracks Roundabout, 415 Bradford Road, Pudsey. We have a supply of gift tags which bear the first name, age and gender of a child who has been nominated to receive a present. Once you’ve collected a tag, simply purchase a present for the child nominated and return it with your gift to Pudsey Legal.
 
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend on your gift or you can even donate something that is homemade. The important thing is that we make a difference to as many disadvantaged children this Christmas.  So, next time you’re out and about in Pudsey, come in and see us to pick up your gift tag and find out which child you could help this Christmas.

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21

2012

November

Please join our Secret Santa Appeal

21 Nov 2012

Come and join us to help disadvantaged children in the local area to have a happier Christmas!
 
The Secret Santa Appeal, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bradford, has been successfully running for 24 years. Mini appeals by local businesses such as ours are a crucial way of helping local children to have a happier Christmas.  The appeal starts on Saturday 24th November and runs until Saturday 9th December.

It’s really easy to take part! All you have to do is pop into either Pudsey Legal’s new office on the Barracks Roundabout, 415 Bradford Road, Pudsey or the office on Church Lane in Pudsey town centre.
 
We have a supply of gift tags which bear the first name, age and gender of a child who has been nominated to receive a present. Once you’ve collected a tag, simply purchase a present for the child nominated on the tag and return the tag and gift to Pudsey Legal.
 
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend – it really is the thought that counts and the difference it will make to the child named on your tag.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon!
 
Andrew Gullett
Solicitor

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2012

November

Pudsey Legal launches with fireworks and cake!

29 Oct 2012

It’s been quite a journey, but at last, Pudsey Legal (formerly Kayes Solicitors) is here! We’re really excited to be writing our first blog and telling you a bit more about what’s on offer.
 
From Monday 5th November we’re having a launch month where anyone is welcome to pop in to our new office (on the Thornbury Barracks Roundabout, Bradford Road, Pudsey – parking is free), for a cuppa, a piece of cake (the fridge is very well stocked!) and to ask any questions about the legal services we offer.

We decided to launch with a bang so we’re proud to be sponsoring the Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club bonfire and firework night.  On Friday night (2nd November) we’ll be at the event launching our new Cash for Clubs scheme, which helps local sports clubs and organisations as well as giving away a FREE iPad mini in the raffle!
 
Pudsey Legal will offer a really broad range of legal services including conveyancing (for people buying and selling houses), family law, wills and probate and personal injury law.  Throughout November we’re supporting Will Aid, so please do come in and meet Andrew Gullett, who can tell you more about how to get a basic will drawn up without being charged the usual fee in return for a donation to the Will Aid group of charities.
 
We’re all committed to providing a really great service to the local community and look forward to welcoming you soon. We hope this gives you a flavour of our new company – and don’t forget to pop in and see us for tea and cake!
 
Andrew, Paul and Nigel
 
Pudsey Legal Directors

Contacts

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0113 254 9733

Pudsey Legal
Cringlebar House,
415 Bradford Road, Pudsey,
Leeds, LS28 7HQ

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32 Church Lane, Pudsey
Leeds, LS28 7RF


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