Dispute Resolution (Litigation) for Individuals

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Dispute Resolution for Individuals

Our strong and talented team of legal experts can provide specialist advice that you need for your case, irrespective of its nature or value.

Introduction

Occasionally in your life you will encounter problems upon which you need legal help and guidance.  Our strong and talented team of legal experts can provide specialist advice that you need for your case, irrespective of its nature or value.  We can support you in all areas of dispute such as:-

  • Consumer Law Problems (involving the sale of goods and supply of services)
  • Problems with Credit Card Agreements and Loans etc
  • Building Disputes
  • Landlord and Tenant Disputes
  • Professional Negligence (e.g. solicitors, accountants, surveyors)
  • Inheritance Claims
  • Harassment
  • Insolvency
  • Injunctions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (including mediation)
  • Partnership, Director and Shareholder Disputes
  • Property Disputes e.g. disputes over rights of way and boundaries etc.

Our Approach

Our main aim is to try and resolve your case in a way that is cost effective for your.  Court proceedings can be expensive and risky.  If possible we will try and resolve disputes by way of settlement, saving you the stress, hassle and costs of Court action.  We have an excellent track record of settling claims in a way that is favourable to you.  On the other hand if an aggressive or dynamic approach is required we can litigate your case to its highest.  If needs be we can call upon some of the country’s finest Barristers to assist.

Legal jargon and technical language is avoided, since we will talk to you in plain English and explain all matters to you in a simple and concise way.


Costs

We offer a system of fixed fee interviews, where for a reasonable price we can assess the merits of your case and advise how best to approach the matter.  We can then continue with the case on a fixed fee basis or agree to do what we can within a budget (costs cap) set by you.  To help you budget for your case further we can agree an instalment payment plan rather than insist on lump sum payments.

In certain circumstances we may be able to undertake your case on a “no win no fee” type basis known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Currently we do not offer Damages Based Agreements for this type of work.

Some times your matter may be covered by the terms of an insurance policy that you hold.  We can assess your eligibility under the policy of insurance, and often agree with the insurer to carry on with your case under the terms of your insurance policy.


Here to Help

Gemma Mayer LLB

Gemma assists with property disputes, particularly building up an expertise and knowledge in dealing with boundary disputes, disputes over right of ways and easements as well as advising landlord and tenant “evictions” and similar issues.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: gemma.mayer@maplessolicitors.com

Daven Naghen LLB

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com


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Property Protection Trusts

Property Protection Trusts and Protecting your Property from Care Home Fees

Many people are concerned that as they get older, they may need to move into a care home and the cost of such care can be very expensive. Many people are therefore looking for ways to protect their assets from care home fees.

In recent years “Property Protection Trusts” have been promoted as being the failsafe, guaranteed way of protecting your property from care home fees. Many companies promoting such trusts are unregulated and their products such as Property Protection Trusts are being promoted and sold by sometimes nothing more than a very persuasive salesperson.

It is likely that your home is your largest asset and you should be very cautious before making any decisions with regard to your largest asset and the roof over your head. Indeed a Property Protection Trust may not even protect your home from being sold to pay for care fees or could cause tax implications and therefore it is very important that you take advice from one of our lawyers before making any decisions with regard to such Property Protection Trusts.

These Trusts can be brought to people’s attention either from cold calling, arranging home visits and sometimes even from kiosks or stalls in public areas. The people “selling” Property Protection Trusts to you can be very persuasive and may not be providing you with correct information or all of the information you should have before making a decision regarding your property. Their fees are often excessive.

In some cases, these companies even offer Lasting Powers of Attorney at what they claim to be a reduced rate. People should take caution as these “cheap” Lasting Powers of Attorney often result in being more expensive than our own charges and the companies involved often do not provide the correct advice or the necessary advice for you.

If you have been contacted by someone discussing Property Protection Trusts and would like to discuss this further with one of the lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department of this firm or you have already created a Property Protection Trust but would like to take further advice then please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!