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Do I Need a Solicitor to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

In theory, you do not need a solicitor to make a personal injury claim in Ireland. However, it is risky to proceed without legal advice. Using a solicitor ensures your claim has the best prospect of success, and that you receive the maximum amount of compensation. Making a claim through the PIAB All personal injury […]

Freehold vs Leasehold

There are two ways of owning a property in Ireland: freehold and leasehold. With a leasehold, you only own the building, whereas with a freehold you own both the building and the land upon which it is built. What does freehold mean? When you buy a freehold, you become the legal owner of the land […]

Why Unmarried Partners Need to Make a Will

Unmarried partners are not automatically provided for under Ireland’s intestacy rules. This means that if you die without a Will, your partner will only inherit jointly owned property – and nothing else. No such thing as a common law spouse There is no such thing as a common law spouse in Ireland. Because of this, […]

How to Annul a Marriage

You can get an annulment of marriage by making a petition to the Circuit Court or the High Court. You must show that your marriage is invalid. A civil annulment from the court is not the same as a church annulment, the latter of which does not have any legal effect. Who can annul a […]

When is Probate Needed?

Probate is only needed if the deceased owned assets of a significant value, and he/she owned them in their sole name or as tenants in common. When is Probate needed in Ireland? Probate is a legal process that is sometimes needed after someone dies. However, Probate is not required after every single death in Ireland. […]

Prenuptial Agreements in Ireland

Prenuptial Agreements are not legally binding in Ireland. Even so, a judge may take a prenup into consideration, if the terms are fair and provide reasonable financial provision to each person. What is a Prenuptial Agreement? Prenuptial Agreements, also known simply as ‘prenups’, set out how your assets should be divided if your marriage ends […]

How Does the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Work?

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) is an independent statutory body that assesses the value of personal injury claims in Ireland. It was established by the Personal Injury Assessment Board Act 2003, with the aim of reducing the time and expense associated with personal injury claims. Submitting a claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board […]

Selling a Probate Property

Selling a Probate property is much like selling any other kind of residential property. The main difference is that the sale can only be closed once a Grant of Representation has been issued by the Probate Office. What happens to the deceased’s property? When someone dies, the question of what happens to their home depends […]

What to Include in Your Will?

Your Will should confirm how you want your estate to be distributed after your death. It should also say who you want to act as your executors, and who should be appointed as legal guardians for your children. The contents of your Will When you make a Will, there are various things you must include. […]

How Does Mediation Work?

Mediation is when a divorcing or separating couple meet with a specially trained mediator to discuss the division of assets and child care arrangements. It is a confidential and constructive method of dispute resolution, providing a safe environment in which you can finalise the details of your separation. Who is mediation for? Mediation is for […]