Peter Doman LLB QUB 1976, Patrick Barr LLB QUB 1985, Dermot Bowes LLB QUB 1986,John Magee LLB QUB 2000
Dornan & Co. Solicitors.. that's
exactly what we are. Solicitors, who provide advice,
guidance and assistance on a very wide range of legal issues that can affect
your daily lives. We do not employ para legals, legal executives or
conveyancers, opting instead to service
our customers with solicitors with a combined wealth of experience.
On the house purchase front we will check the title to the property you are buying and obtain from the vendors solicitors
all the required searches and property certificates
to ensure everything is in order. Most purchases involve a mortgage and here we
liaise with your lender to ensure purchase monies are available at the
required time. When acting in the sale of property we will
provide title deeds, searches and property certificates
to the purchaser's solicitor. We will attend to the redemption of any mortgages secured
on the property. More often than not we will
handle simultaneously your sale and purchase
making sure, with the correct releasing of contracts, that you end up with the desired property.
Our conveyancing service also includes remortgaging work whereby
we will handle your new mortgage instructions, secure your new advance
and redemption of
your existing mortgage.
Personal Injury claims And Road Traffic Accidents
We have operated a
well organised and professional service
in this field for twenty years.
This involves corresponding with the insurance company of the
driver responsible for your accident, arranging for you to be medically examined,
arranging for your vehicle damage to be assessed and, if
needs be, organising appropriate car hire. If your
injury involves a period off work and, as a consequence,
a wage loss, we will pursue this on your behalf. If negotiations with the insurance
company are not productive then we will take formal court proceedings to bring
matters to a satisfactory conclusion. All of your legal costs will be paid by
the culpable defendant insurance company.
cases where the accident is not your
fault there is absolutely no need for you to instruct an insurance
company nominated firm of solicitors on the basis that the services of
solicitors, with whom you have no relationship, are free.
Your costs will always be covered in such
instances by the defendant insurance
what we have said above relates to other accidents such as injuries sustained at work and public
liability claims eg., trips and slips. Two of the partners in
the practice have considerable experience in also advising insurance companies
on personal injury claims and accordingly we offer an experienced and well
balanced perspective on the merits of client's claims.
Criminal (including on-call emergency
representation at PSNI Stations)
All four practitioners regularly appear in the various criminal
courts operating in Northern Ireland namely the
Magistrates Court, the Crown Court , and occasionally,
the Court of Appeal. We operate an on-call rota system whereby we can be
contacted by police should clients be
arrested outside normal office hours. We
attend police interviews and operate with a select number of experienced criminal
barristers whom we brief at the appropriate stage to represent your interests at court.
A large number of people still fail to take the
simple, inexpensive steps required to spell out their financial
wishes following their death. We can
provide advice on the appointment of executors, guardians
and the appropriate distribution of your assets. Here it may be necessary to consider the possible
implications of inheritance tax. Again, advice is
available. We regularly call with
clients at their home if they are not well enough or fit enough to call with us.
correct and proper distribution of deceased
assets usually requires a. formal application to the High Court for
either a Grant of Probate (if there is a Will)
or Letters of Administration (if there is no Will) and correspondence
to various financial institutions to quantify and eventually liquidate
estate. We will attend to all of the above and, if required, convey
previously belonging to the deceased. Once the estate has been
finalised we will distribute assets appropriately.
Separation And Divorce
breakdown involves a whole host of legal issues such as maintenance, child care and the
distribution of matrimonial assets 'such as property
savings and pension provision. Again this is an area where we have extensive experience handling cases
covering couples with limited assets to those with extensive savings and property portfolios.
Child Care And Contact
breakdown frequently leads to problems with
custody and contact with children. Dermot Bowes is a member of the
Children's Order Panel and, with
one of his colleagues, provides experience and
guidance in this area of law which also involves "Care Proceedings"
instigated by the local Health Care Trusts.
Non Molestation And Domestic Orders
The Family Homes and Domestic Violence (NI) Under 1998 is a vital piece of
legislation dealing with domestic violence. The Order enables the victims of domestic violence
to seek formal protection from the Court against further incidents of domestic violence and if
appropriate actually exclude or remove a person from
a property. These Orders are granted by the Magistrate's Courts and we have
considerable experience in dealing with this field.
Having now handled the licensing requirements of no fewer than ten
bars and restaurants for some years now
we offer a comprehensive range of services from
protection orders, renewals, transfers, the granting of new licences
and general licensing queries.
Here we are able to offer advice on the sale and acquisition of businesses and the
implications of commercial leases in terms of duration,
rent, reviews, permitted usage and repair and yield up' clauses.
If you think your
query is legal then contact us and we will advise if there is anything we can do. Likewise,
we can attend to the simple signature and
witnessing of documents on your behalf.
We deal with a substantial Legal Aid work load. We will immediately advise whether or not you may have entitlement to Legal Aid
and make the appropriate Legal
Aid application on your behalf.
Contact Us Bangor
14 Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LE
Tel: 028 9127 3054
Fax: 02891 470114Click for map
2/10 York Street, Belfast BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9023 4559
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Our opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, out of office hours by appointment.