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New Electrical Safety Standards for Landlords

Posted: 18th February 2020

Under new regulations from 1st July 2020 (for new tenancies) and 1st April 2021 (for existing tenancies), landlords will be required to provide electrical installation inspection reports every five years, providing a copy to all tenants with 28 days of the inspection. Landlords must also retain a copy until the next inspection. 

Breaches of the new regulations could result in huge penalties of up to £30,000.00 for landlords.

If you are a landlord who would like more advice on the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 or any of the complex requirements which apply to Assured Shorthold Tenancies, please contact our specialist Housing solicitor Amanda Greggs at or on 0191 383 0111.  


Wills and Estates : Fact or Fiction?

Posted: 12th February 2020

The TMJ Legal Services Private Client Department have recently been discussing some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about Wills and we have shared some of our favourites below. How many of these did you know?


False - There is no “reading” of the Will.

Often in TV shows and films you will see a family gather in a badly lit, wood panelled room to hear a rather stoic solicitor read the deceased’s Will; - usually leading to shocking gifts of the deceased’s fortune to a wayward relation, or the revelation of bizarre conditions requiring some unfortunate soul to spend the night in a haunted house?

In reality there is no “reading” of the Will in this fashion. A Will remains a private and confidential document until the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration has been made, so no solicitor would divulge the contents to anyone apart from the Executor of the Will before this point.


False - Wills are only for rich people with money to leave to others.

Making a Will is an inexpensive process which takes into account much more than just who you want to inherit your wealth. Having a Will also gives you the opportunity to declare whether you wish to be buried or cremated, nominate guardians for your children should the worst happen, and appoint trusted executors to administer your estate. It is even possible to make provision for the care of pets. A Will is also a chance to give instructions for sentimental and cherished items to be left to the loved ones who would most appreciate them.


False - Wills can’t be challenged.

While an expertly drafted Will is less likely meet with a challenge, Wills which have been drafted without legal advice or by one of the many unregulated Will writing firms could be challenged, potentially leading to expensive Court visits, family arguments and failure of the Will. Out of date wills can also be challenged, so it is very important to review and update your Will if your circumstances change.

Here at TMJ Legal Services we draft our Wills using a variety of tried and tested clauses, and we also have the expertise to blend these with bespoke clauses which accurately reflect your specific instructions. If you have an unusual request, call us for advice on 01429 235616 – we really have heard it all before (and know how to avoid potential pitfalls)!


False - Wills affect jointly owned property, savings, and life insurance policies.

If you have property owned with another living person as beneficial joint tenants, own property in a trust with others, or have a joint bank account, all these will pass to the survivor regardless of what your Will might say. This is known as the “doctrine of survivorship”. If you have nominated a beneficiary to your life insurance proceeds, this will also be unaffected by your Will.  Wills also don’t determine who benefits from assets held in trust.

If you are unsure about how you hold your property, please contact us and we will conduct a completely free “Property MOT” for you, which involves checking the title deeds to your property to see whether you hold it as beneficial joint tenants or otherwise. We can also advise you on other ways to hold property which may be more appropriate depending on your age, family situation and financial circumstances.


False - Wills are expensive and solicitors charge a fortune for any legal work.

Did you know our Wills start from just £100 plus VAT, and we never charge for initial advice? We listen to what you want and then give you a personalised quote. There’s no strings attached, no obligation to proceed, and appointments are available at any of our regionwide offices. Contact us if you’re interested in making a Will, or just want some advice on this or any other legal matter. We look forward to hearing from you!


Vacancy - General Legal Secretary

Posted: 16th January 2020

Employer: TMJ Legal Services

Job Title: General Legal Secretary

Salary: To be agreed

Working hours: Full time or part time available

Place of work: Hartlepool but must be flexible to provide cover at other offices

Start date: March 2020

Job description

Providing support and assistance to fee earners in conveyancing, family,  private client and personal injury departments as and when required.

Duties to include the following which are not exclusive:- 

  • Typing
  • Filing
  • Taking telephone calls and messages
  • Attending on clients
  • Issuing receipt for monies and securities received
  • Maintaining diaries
  • Obtaining files daily for appointments, reviews and messages
  • Keeping files orderly and in compliance with Quality Procedures Manual
  • Ensuring copies of all letters and documents are kept on the correct file
  • Booking courses and attending to relevant paperwork
  • Photocopying
  • Ensuring daily post is approved and prepared for signature and dispatch.

Person requirements

  • Previous legal secretary experience essential
  • Ability to drive and cover various offices at Peterlee, Durham and Wingate
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good administrative skills
  • A polite, cheerful attitude, particularly when meeting clients.

Company information

High street solicitors dealing with private and publicly funded work. Four offices. 

Please refer to our website for more information.

Closing date

15 February 2020

Application information

Email CV and covering letter to

or by post to TMJ Legal Services, Foster House, 99 Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8DT

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