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  • A search at the Land Charges Registry to see if a person has any bankruptcy proceedings pending or if the property is unregistered to find out if there are any mortgages or interests registered against the property.

  • A central body that retains records of who owns the land, and under what conditions.

  • The fee payable to the Land Registry to register any change affecting the property including a change of ownership.

  • A search at the Land Registry to check that no undisclosed charges or interests are registered against the property.

  • See lessor.

  • A legal document which allows a person to appoint a person/people to make decisions/act on their behalf.

  • The temporary suspension or permanent termination of employment of an employee.

  • Where a property is leasehold this is the document giving the lessee the rights to possession of the property for the lease term and setting out all rights and obligations.

  • Where the ownership of property is for a limited period only. For example 99 years or sometimes 999 years. Possession of the property will be subject to the payment of an annual ground rent.

  • See Lessee.

  • Gifts.

  • A type of funding which may be available if you are in receipt of benefits, or on a really low income. Legal Aid is now only available for Family Mediation and private Family Law cases where there is serious domestic violence and/or Child protection issues.

  • See Mortgage.

  • A legal expense insurance policy help pays for a solicitor’s fees when acting for you in certain circumstances. Many people have legal expenses insurance which has been provided, for example, together with a motor or house insurance policy, or through a credit card, trades union or motoring organisation such as the AA or RAC. Such policies often cover the legal fees involved in bringing a claim for compensation in the event of a serious injury. Your solicitor will guide and assist you in investigating whether you have this type of cover.

  • Parent or guardian.

  • Written laws of a country.

  • See Mortgagee.

  • Occurs when an employee or worker does not receive conditions or benefits granted to others. Examples of less favourable treatment would include not being given a bonus or receiving fewer paid holidays than comparable employees.