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The Trust of Lands and Appointment of Trustees Act of 1996 is a piece of legislation that allows cohabiting unmarried couples who are splitting up to resolve any dispute over property that is jointly owned. When deciding matters of ToLATA, the courts will consider:

  • The intention behind the trust and why it was made
  • Is this a residential property or is it let to tenants?
  • Are there any children in the property and how would the trust impact on their welfare?
  • The interests of the creditors of the property such as banks and mortgage companies.

If you are unmarried and own property together, or you at least plan on owning property together, we advise that you speak with us to write a Living Together Agreement for you. A Living Together Agreement will give you the assurance that your property is legally protected should your relationship breakdown and you end up splitting up. Our team of leading family solicitors are here to protect you from any unfortunate circumstances following the breakdown of your relationship. Major Family Law only specialise in family law, making us the north east’s leading experts in family law cases, whether you are married or cohabiting.  We know the pain and stress of splitting up, and our friendly team will be able to represent your best interests should you be in need of assistance.

We offer competitive rates and affordable service to provide the best legal support in the North of England to anyone who needs it. If you are seeking legal assistance, please contact the Major Family Law team today. Or call our client relationship manager Helen on 01661 82 45 82 to book a free 45minute consultation today.

TOLATA can also remedy disputes over the ownership of property and whether a jointly owned property should be sold and how the property would be divided between joint owners. ToLATA applications are also not limited to those living in the property. A ToLATA application can be made by trustees and beneficiaries, such as mortgage companies or trustees in bankruptcy.

ToLATA procedures can be very complex and have to follow strict rules; the parties involved must adhere to the process as failure to do so may lead to large fines. Due to the complexity of ToLATA applications and processes, we advise that if you are living with your partner and you are unmarried, that you speak with a member of the Major Family Law team as soon as possible to arrange your free 45-minute consultation. In this call we can discuss any questions that you may have about your rights as a property owner and discuss proceeding with the application process.

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I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

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Family Law Counsel and Deputy District Judge

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Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

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"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

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"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

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Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

Family Law Counsel and Deputy District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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