Is it time you updated your will?

June 26, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Is it time you updated your will? If you’ve been through any major life changes since you first made your will, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to update it to reflect your new situation. Adjustments can be made quickly and easily with your solicitor, and will ensure that your loved ones and your assets are taken care of. Check our handy infographic below to see if it’s time you made amendments to your will: The family law solicitors at Frances Lindsay & Co have over 50 years’ experience helping clients with wills and probate. We offer a range of legal services to help you draw up a will, ...

Five Ways to Foster Positive Communication for Separated Parents

June 16, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

One of the hardest parts of separating when you have children is communicating productively with your ex. When a relationship ends, it takes time for everyone involved to come to terms with the change and learn how to communicate without animosity and conflict. Co-parenting is a team effort and your children deserve parents who are able to discuss issues relating to their welfare without losing their cool, badmouthing one another, or making things even more difficult. So how do you foster positive communication with your ex when you’re finding it hard to talk to them at all? Here are five top tips from the experienced family lawyers at Frances Lindsay ...

Arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney: FAQS

June 05, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A professional Will helps to protect your loved ones and your assets after you’re gone, but it’s also important to make sure you own interests are looked after should you find yourself unable to make decision about your future. A Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) document is vital to ensure your affairs are handled according to your wishes if your ability to do so is affected by illness, injury or old age. To find out more about arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney, read our FAQs below or get in touch with our friendly wills and probate team at Frances Lindsay & Co: What does Lasting Powers of Attorney ...

UK Divorce Process Needs to Implement ‘No Fault Divorce’

May 23, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Experts from a number of institutions are collaborating to research the UK divorce process in the first major study for 30 years. Researchers from the University of Exeter Law School, Bryson Purdon Social Research, One Plus One, Resolution and Wikivorce are working together to look at the current family law system by examining hundreds of divorce cases, conducting nationwide surveys and focus groups, and interviewing divorces and family lawyers. Initial findings suggest that ‘behaviour’ is an inadequate option for choosing grounds for divorce for many couples, unnecessarily assigning blame to one or both parties and causing greater conflict throughout the separation process and beyond. In 2014 there were approximately 110,000 divorces, 48% of which cited ‘behaviour’ as the reason for ...

Resolution Calls for Major Political Parties to Commit to Family Law Changes

May 23, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

National chair of family law organisation Resolution Nigel Shepherd is calling for UK political parties to make a commitment to modernising the family law system in the run up to the general election. With another election fast approaching, Resolution has put forward four proposals regarding changes to family justice, focusing on the introduction of no-fault divorce, greater legal rights for cohabiting couples, increased access, and financial clarity for those going through separation. The four proposals encourage representatives to make a commitment to: Allow couples to divorce without blame. Give cohabiting couples, who make up 10% of the population, some basic legal rights. Ensure there is fair access to the family justice system. Give people more financial clarity on divorce. According to Mr Shepherd’s ...

House-hunters make up their mind within half an hour of viewing

May 17, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to a recent study by Zoopla, prospective house buyers can make the decision to purchase a property in as little as ten minutes. So if your house is on the market, it’s worth making sure it has as much ‘instant appeal’ as possible! The survey revealed that the average time it takes for property buyers to make a decision at a viewing is a mere 27 minutes, with a quarter of respondents claiming to decide within just ten minutes. The survey also showed that buyers in the East Midlands are quickest to make a decision, while those in the East of England are the slowest at 32 minutes. However, ...

Co-operative divorce helps to improve children’s cognitive development

May 10, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A recent study has revealed that children who are exposed to negative conflict during parental relationship breakdown may suffer detrimentally in terms of cognitive development. Research from the University of York examined data from 19,000 UK children born in 2000 to study the development of ‘non-cognitive’ skills, such as social interaction, emotional development and behaviour. The study found that children of divorced couples are 30% more likely to suffer from emotional or behavioural issues, and perform 20% lower than their peers in cognitive tests. Notably, however, the study revealed that the negative effects of separation on children occur before divorce, suggesting that it is the conflict leading up to ...

Will the General Election Affect the Housing Market?

May 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

If you’re planning on buying or selling a home this year, you may be wondering how the snap election in June will affect the property market, and whether you should hold off until the General Election. Well, we have good news and bad news for you… The bad news is that, historically, housing transactions drop by 3-8% in the run up to an election, since people feel unwilling to make commitments until they know what the political future holds. However, since the period between Theresa May’s announcement and the snap election is very short, we shouldn’t see too drastic a drop. Instead of a three or four-month period of ...

Do we need a deed of trust as a cohabiting couple?

April 27, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  Under the current UK family law system, unmarried couples who live together (also known as ‘cohabitants’) do not automatically have the same legal rights as married couples, and this can cause particular problems when it comes to the ownership and division of property. Married couples, and those in a civil partnership, are ascribed certain automatic property rights, regardless of how much each of them contributed to its cost or maintenance. However, for cohabiting couples the situation can be more complicated if a property is not jointly owned or they do not have a declaration of trust in place. A declaration of trust details each party’s share in a property, and can be used as a way to protect the investment should ...

Making Arrangements for Children After Divorce

April 19, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

For separating couples who have children, making a parenting plan is one of the most important aspects of preparing for life after divorce. While you may be separating as a couple, you will always be co-parents of your children, and making effective arrangements early on can help you all transition more easily. Co-parenting can be challenging after divorce, and the needs of your family will be unique to your circumstances. You may be able to make arrangements between yourselves, or you may need help from your family lawyer, mediator, or other support organisations (see the end of the article for a list of useful contacts) to come to an agreement. Whatever ...

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