IWhen I got him to trim back the branches, the neighbours threatened to call the police. What are my rights?
They are pretty simple. You are entitled to cut back or get a tradesman to cut back any branches overhanging your property. Indeed you are then entitled to give them back to the neighbour for him to dispose of them. The police cannot get involved, indeed if they know the law they will confirm to your selfish neighbours what I am saying is correct.
I moved into a new property five months ago. The builders assisted me to do a snagging list of faults within it. I was told that these would be rectified as they could spare men from the site. Since that time other faults have emerged. My problem is I have to continually search for the foreman to ask when he will attend to these. They are making my life miserable and every day is spent chasing them, getting false promises and then, quite frankly feeling humiliated when no-one shows up.
Take a copy of your list and write a letter marked Private & Personal to the managing director of the builders. Outline the let-downs and history and tell him he is in breach of contract. If that doesn't work see your solicitor about suing them.
I have recently made out a will which leaves my estate, and house, to my sons. I am concerned that should I end up in care, my house would be taken, say by the local council, and sold to meet payments. What can I do to avoid this? I recall reading that if the house was passed on to a family member seven or more years from date of death, the house could not be claimed by the authority.
No, the seven year rule is for inheritance tax purposes, there is no such limit on care benefits. No problem if you sell at full price to the boys, but if you give away your house during life to family, you are treated for assessment purposes as if you still own it if you go into care. But the authorities cannot take your house away. All they can do is to refuse you benefits, meaning you have to find the money for private care costs. Take detailed advice.
I am separated, and got a separation document which states my husband is responsible for all divorce costs and the action of divorce will be raised after a reasonable time. He says he cannot afford to pay the fees.
You can raise the divorce action, and show the court a copy of the agreement. The court will grant the divorce, award costs and you can get sheriff officers to enforce this. You may have to pay your lawyer and then get the money back through the court order.