Residency schemes for foreign investors: The Immigrant Investor Programme and Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme
Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, unveiled in early 2012 two new initiatives designed to attract non-EEA investors and entrepreneurs to Ireland in order to stimulate job growth and development. The initiatives, the Immigrant Investor Programme and the Start-up Entrepreneur Programme, allow approved investors and their immediate families to receive residency in Ireland in exchange for a pre-determined investment. These programmes were designed to boost the Irish economy by providing an influx of long-term investment. Continue Reading »
Purchasing a home and moving in together is a cause for celebration for a couple. However, it is important to be aware that the situation could potentially become complicated in the unfortunate event that the couple subsequently breaks up. We strongly advise couples purchasing a home together to seek legal advice and enter into a co-ownership agreement at the same time that they purchase the property.
While it may seem pessimistic, it is the reality that not all relationships succeed and it is wise to have an agreement in place that will protect each party if the relationship ends. This will avoid the stress and unpleasantness that may ensue where one party wishes to sell the property while the other party does not and could avoid costly litigation where the parties cannot come to agreement. Continue Reading »
Buying a home is one of the most significant transactions that a person will make in their lives.
Most Clients tell us that they are familiar with the steps that they need to take at the outset including:
a. Dealing with a broker or lending institution to obtain a loan offer.
b. Searching for a property and negotiating the purchase price with the estate agent.
c. Paying a booking deposit to the estate agent.
d. Notifying the estate agent and the mortgage bank of the identity of their solicitor so that their solicitor will receive Contracts, Title information and a loan offer. Continue Reading »
We are often asked by clients why they should consider making a will. In particular, some people take the view that they have nothing to leave, that the law will operate to give effect to their wishes anyway or that spending time considering death is too morbid or upsetting.
Whatever your age or your personal circumstances, it is extremely important that you make a will. If you die without having made a will, you are said to have died “intestate”. If you die intestate, this means that your estate will be divided according to specific rules set out in the Succession Act 1965. It should also be noted that for grieving family members who need to deal with the process of administering your estate, the process is more costly and cumbersome in the absence of a will. Continue Reading »
In the lead-up to Best Will in The World week, Kerry Clear discusses the importance of making a will and the consequences of not having one with Niamh Hassell on Newstalk’s Breakfast Show. Listen now.
The following article by Conor Pope first appeared in The Irish Times on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
THE LAW IS NOT something which, typically, offers us great value for money. The men in grey suits who control our purse strings quickly realised this after they flew in from Frankfurt and New York once we surrendered our economic sovereignty two years ago.
The legal profession – along with doctors and dentists – was almost immediately identified by the Troika as one which needed to bring its prices down in line with Irish consumers’ post-bailout financial reality. Continue Reading »