“I’ve just been involved in an accident – what should I do?”

 

Unfortunately accidents are all too common  and can be a traumatic experience. If you are involved in an accident in the future please consider the following tips:

1. Don’t panic:

Stop your car, turn off the engine and turn on your hazard lights. Check if any passengers are injured and if possible get out of the car safely, standing a safe distance from the roads and oncoming traffic.

2. Call for help:

If anyone has been hurt then call the emergency services immediately on 999. The PSNI will only attend the scene if there has been an injury. If the police do attend, take a note of their details.

3. Exchange details:

  • Speak to the other party and take all necessary details:
  • Date and Time of the accident/ location/ visibility/ weather
  • Other driver details: Name/Address/Postcode/Tel No./Insurance details/Registration No./Make/Model/Colour
  • Passengers: Your car/ the other car
  • Witnesses: Name/Address/Tel.No/Email

4. Do not admit responsibility:

Do not feel pressured into admitting any fault. Liability for the accident can be determined later.

5. Take Photos:

Try to take photos of the location of the vehicles before they are moved and any damage and skid marks on the road. If possible sketch the scene.

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We will be on hand to give immediate expert advice. If you are not at fault we can assist with contacting the ‘at-fault’ driver’s insurance company, arranging a hire car and advising if you will be entitled to compensation for injuries and losses sustained. It is common that you will be contacted by a Claims Management Service almost as soon as an accident has occurred. You do not need to use these companies and we can provide the same services but with an expertise and care that is rarely there with a Claims Management Service. Your local solicitor is best placed to look after you every step of the way.

Martina Maynes

Martina Maynes

We are delighted to welcome Martina to the practice as a Consultant Solicitor, specialising in matrimonial advice regarding financial settlements upon Separation and Divorce and Ancillary Relief as well as providing expert advice in all areas of family law.

*Update* 9A Broad Street, Magherafelt

We have completed our move from 15 Meeting Street, Magherafelt to new premises at 9A Broad Street, Magherafelt. Our Randalstown details remain the same! Thanks to everyone who helped over Easter and we hope that the move has not caused too much inconvenience to our clients. Our Magherafelt contact number of 02879632533 remains the same and apologies to anyone contacting us on Wednesday morning when the phones were being transferred across. We shall have our interim signage up tomorrow and will post some pictures of the premises once the final works are in place.

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Magherafelt Office

We would like to announce that we have today acquired the practice of McLernon McCann in Magherafelt. We will therefore have two full-time offices to serve our clients  in Randalstown, Magherafelt and all our surrounding areas. We shall contact all existing clients of McLernon McCann soon to provide further details. In the meantime we want to advise all our clients that we will continue to provide you with a quality, client-focused and cost-effective service.

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Details of our new staff, our premises in Magherafelt and our exciting plans for the future will follow soon!

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The 5 W’s of buying a house:

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1. WHO is buying?
As Solicitors we havestrict obligations to verify your identity. This involves obtaining a copy of your photographic ID and proof of address. We also need to verify the source of your funds for the purchase by requesting an up to date bank statement and, if necessary, obtain a gift waiver and Identification from a relative who perhaps has provided you with a gift to help with the purchase. We aim not to be intrusive and your details will not be shared with any third party without your consent.
2. WHAT is the cost?
We will provide you with a Fee Estimate at the outset of your transaction setting out our professional fee together with all other likely outlays. Outlays include obtaining EJO and Bankruptcy searches and the Land Registry Fees to ensure the property is registered in your name post-completion. It is rare that your final bill will differ from the Fee Estimate but, if that is a possibility, we will notify you once this becomes apparent.
3. WHERE will my title deeds be stored?
When your purchase completes we will lodge the transfer document with the Land Registry and apply to have the property registered in your name. You will have a Land Registry Folio which confirms you as the owner of the property. It can take anywhere between 3 and 12 months for Land Registry to complete a Transfer of property. When the registration is finalised we shall send you a copy of your updated Folio and a map. If you have a mortgage we are under a duty to send your title deeds to your mortgage lender. If you do not have a mortgage then we can keep your original title documents in our fire-proof strongroom or else they will be available for your collection.
4. WHEN will I get my keys?
We understand that you are excited to have agreed to buy your first home but even the most straightforward purchase will take approximately
6 weeks for you to get your keys. The vendor may need to request title deeds from his/her mortgage company and may need to agree an onward purchase. Sometimes your property purchase will be ready to go but the vendor is unable to complete until his/her purchase is also ready. Your mortgage company will need to process your application and carry out a survey and this can also take a few weeks. We will do our best to keep you updated throughout the transaction so you are not left in the dark.
5. WHY use Collins Solicitors?
We pride ourselves on providing you with an efficient and attentive service. We realise this may be new to you and we are happy to answer any questions you have, no matter how minor you may think they are. We will check over all the title documents, property certificates and searches and when your mortgage offer is through we will arrange a suitable appointment for you to call with us. We will take you through the documentation and explain the process as simply as we can. We will provide you with any relevant documentation including maps and will arrange a convenient date and time for completion of your purchase. All with the aim of protecting you from any pitfalls, and alleviating as much of the stress as we possibly can.
If you are interested in finding out anything further about the conveyancing process or if you want to ask about potential costs then please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Collins Solicitors: Helping Families

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From as young as nursery school age children learn about their rights, including:
1. The right to family life
2. The right to an opinion
The Children NI Order 1995 lays out how these rights  can be protected and upheld.
If the Court believes it is necessary it can act to protect Children and there are four main orders that a Court may make in relation to children:
1. Contact Order
This is commonly made when a child resides with one parent permanently but the other parent wishes to have contact with the child on a regular basis. This could include overnight stays, weekly visits at home or a safe place, or any order contact deemed appropriate.
2. Residence Order
Residence Orders are made when there is a dispute over where a child should live on a permanent basis but is subject to change if circumstances materially change.
3. Prohibited Steps Order
This is required when it is necessary to prevent one parent from taking a certain course of action when with the child.
4. Specific Issue Order
As it states, the Court can make an Order on Specific Issues relating to the child such as schooling or medical treatment.
At Collins Solicitors we are committed to helping families. We can help with access and child custody issues. If social services become involved in your life we can help.
In 2015 Sharon was appointed to the Children Order Panel which is a group of solicitors in Northern Ireland who are specifically trained to represent clients in care order cases.
We understand how difficult these situations can be and take a practical, sensitive and proactive approach to problem solving and helping families to move forward.