Our office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014 until 8.30am on Monday 5th January 2015!

 However the office will continue to offer an advice service all over the holiday period on the usual 24 hour service, which you can access by calling 01744 454 433.

All of our services offer a FREE initial consultation

Contact us now on 0800 975 4321 or through our contact page

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Welcome to St Helens Law, incorporating StH DeVine Law
 
We at St Helens Law will deliver, without compromise, a quality client-focused legal service by using modern technology and respecting the traditional values of the profession.

St Helens Law is a highly respected firm of solicitors offering a range of legal services to the community. We have experienced and dedicated staff at all levels, and our success in achieving our mission is demonstrated by the high number of clients who return to us again and again.

We can deal with most aspects of law for you.  If you cannot see what you need on our website, please give us a call and we will be happy to work with you to find a suitable solution or point you in the right direction if we cannot help.

We have recently opened StH DeVine Law, a branch office in Ellesmere Port, to enable us to give the same access to our services to a wider community.  To enable our clients to get access to the legal services they require, when they require them, we can offer appointments at both offices regardless of which office took your initial instructions, and both offices can advise on all areas of law that we cover.

Please check our contact details to help you decide which office is best for you to visit if you need to see somebody in person.  Otherwise, you can contact the main switchboard and you will be put through to the appropriate person.

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013

Are you aware that these regulations came into force on the 13th June 2014? They apply to the provision of services to individuals. 
 
The regulations make certain terms in a contract mandatory and will make contracts in some cases unenforceable against the individual if they are not included. This would be the case even if you have already provided the service. They simply won't be asked to pay if the matter goes to Court and the deposits (if any) paid would be reimbursable by you. 

Imagine providing a wedding breakfast and then being asked to repay the deposit and not getting paid! 
 
Imagine providing accountancy services and then being told that they are not paying! 

It affects nearly all of us. St Helens Law will for £450 plus VAT look at your terms and ensure that this will not happen to you!

 

Mediation – A Way of Leaving Something for the Beneficiaries

The number of wills that are now being contested seems to increase day by day. Once upon a time the prospect of being asked to argue over the content of a will was remote, but the public now are far more aware of what their rights are and more and more actions are being taken by beneficiaries - and some relatives who are not beneficiaries as well!

People are living longer and there are more issues around incapacity than there used to be. Testators make a will and then develop some form of incapacity from, say, dementia and then have their capacity to make that will challenged at a later date. 

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 has led to a lot of actions being launched by dependant spouses or children not provided for in their view under the terms of the will. 

The great difficulty facing litigators over arguing over a will is that the costs will eventually, on some basis, come out of the Estate. There are ways of minimising the risk by well-calculated Calderbank offers or by Part 36 Offers, but the Estate is at risk of being plundered by litigators leaving very little, if anything, for anyone to benefit from.

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