What happens when I buy a house?: A step-by-step guide that aims to take the mystery out of conveyancing.

Pay a booking deposit The first step, once you have found your house or apartment, is to pay a deposit to an auctioneer. This deposit is refundable in full if you change your mind later. It will trigger the issue

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Selling your house or apartment? Three tips to help you get from sale agreed to cash in hand – fast.

1. Don’t wait to instruct a solicitor! If you’ve instructed an auctioneer and a For Sale sign has gone up, don’t wait until you have an offer to instruct your solicitor. If you have a mortgage, the title documents for

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On recent changes to the employment rules for international students and botched attempts to clean up the industry

The Department of Justice (INIS) has announced changes to the rules that apply to international students who work in Ireland recently. In the past, students could work 20 hours per week during the term time of their particular college, and

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If you live in Direct Provision, your room is your castle.

Last Friday’s widely-reported High Court judgement in the case of C.A. & T.A. v Minister for Justice brought some important relief to residents now, and provided hope for future applicants. The Judgement hasn’t been published yet, but the main details

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The Central Bank of Ireland has just proposed new regulations that would affect how banks manage mortgage lending.

The big news for home buyers is that they will be expected to have saved 20% of the value of the home – most mortgages should be for no more than 80% of the value of the property (“loan to

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What is Subsidiary Protection? Who can apply for it, and how?

In January 2014, a new system for assessing claims for Subsidiary Protection was introduced in Ireland. This article will explain what Subsidiary Protection is, and how Ireland’s new system works. Subsidiary Protection is a form of protection that may protect

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Is Probate always needed?

Is a Grant of Representation always needed to deal with the assets in an estate? -          If the estate is small, a Grant may not be needed. If you are the executor of a Will, or the next-of-kin of a

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Purchasing a property? How to work out your conveyancing costs

If you are getting a mortgage, a good mortgage broker will help you to shop around for the best mortgage, and to work out what the effects of interest-rates rising would be etc. So, what will the other costs be?

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Immigration law and families – what are the rules in Ireland?

If you are a refugee, a citizen of another European state, or an Irish person returning to Ireland from another EU state, there are laws that provide you with the right to be joined in Ireland by your non-EU family

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Supreme Court says Minister should have stated his reasons for refusing naturalisation

The mystery that has surrounded many decisions to refuse naturalisation is no longer acceptable, following a Supreme Court Decision of the 6th of December 2012 (Mallak v MJELR [2012] IESC 59, here). The issue for decision in the case was

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