Divorce & Separation Checklist

June 10, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Deciding to separate from your partner can be a huge step, and you may feel a little overwhelmed with all the ‘what ifs’ in your future. If you’re in the early stages of separation and wondering what to focus on first, it can be useful to sit down and write down a practical list of issues to deal with to help you move forward. We’ve put together a basic checklist to get you started – you may want to add to or amend it as necessary, since every circumstance is different, but remember that your ex’s choices and priorities may not be the same as yours. Once you have a clearer ...

Selling Your Home: Quick Tips That Make A Big Difference

June 03, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Preparing your home for viewings is a bit of an art form – whether you go full Marie Kondo or only have time for the bare minimum, it’s surprising how the little things can make a huge difference to the appeal of your property to prospective buyers. Here are a few quick tips to help you make that sale in record time: First impressions count: Think about the first thing prospective buyers will see as they pull up to your property. Wheelie bins? Recycling boxes? An overgrown front yard? Closed curtains and dirty windows? For a ...

What Does ‘No Fault’ Divorce Mean?

May 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

On the 9th of April this year, the government announced new legislation to overhaul divorce laws and offer the option for ‘no fault’ divorce with the aim of reducing family conflict and simplifying the process of separation for couples who do not wish to assign blame. The focus of the reform is to minimise animosity, acknowledging the fact that sometimes a breakdown in marriage is not necessarily due to specific actions of either party, and laying blame often creates unnecessary hostility and acrimony during an already difficult time. Particularly where children are involved, the need for a more positive, cooperative approach is clear, allowing couples to reconcile if possible, and move forward with a constructive outlook for the future. Here’s an ...

Cohabiting Couples Need Better Legal Protection When it Comes to Separation

May 20, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A bill to improve the legal rights of cohabitants was given a second reading in the House of Lords last month, putting forward a number of proposals that would help to provide better financial outcomes for separating unmarried couples. Under current UK family law, cohabiting couples are not protected by the same legal rights as married couples or those in civil partnerships. If they decide to split up and there is no cohabitation agreement in place, individuals have no right to assets or property unless they are held in joint names. This means that if one party has sacrificed a career to raise children, ...

Divorce & Separation: Moving On With Positivity

May 14, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When a relationship ends, the future can feel uncertain. Going through a divorce or separation – no matter how amicable – brings about huge changes. It’s natural to feel a whole host of conflicting emotions: relief, anger, confusion, hope, anxiety – perhaps sometimes all at once! It’s also completely normal to feel overwhelmed at times, or to feel as if the process will never end. But it will. And with the right approach, you can push through the difficult times and reach a point where you feel content, hopeful for the future, and back in control of your life. So how ...

When Did You Last Update Your Will?

May 10, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Chances are, if you’ve already made a Will, it was filed away long ago and more or less forgotten about. However, every so often, circumstances change, or situations arise that mean amendments need to be made, otherwise your wishes may not be accurately represented. If you’ve been through a major life change lately – for example: moving house, getting divorced, gaining a grandchild – you may want to adjust your Will accordingly. Check the following list for general guidelines on when to consider updating your Will: A change in marital status Relationships change over time, and any new partners or changes to your marital circumstances need to be reflected in your Will if you want the right people to inherit when ...

How Long Will It Take To Sell Your Home?

April 25, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Putting your house on the market can be a lesson in patience and preparation... Too often, homeowners rush to get their home sold, without doing the necessary work beforehand, for example, underestimating the importance of conveyancing, or unwittingly putting off buyers during viewings – and approximately 200,000 sales fall through each year in the UK. And even if you’ve ticked all the boxes, no matter how well prepared you are and well-presented your home is, sometimes you find yourself at the mercy of an immovable property market. The waiting game can be intensely frustrating, especially if you’re hoping to sell up as quickly as possible, but a new online tool ...

Don’t Put off End-of-Life Planning

April 18, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A recent survey by Which? has revealed that 71% of people have no plans for end-of-life care, such as Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), a ‘living will’, or advance decisions detailing their preferences for medical treatment should they find themselves unable to make these choices later in life. Over half (58%) of respondents had discussed their end-of-life care preferences with friends or family but just under a third have done anything to put these decisions into place! Writing a Will is the most common preparation for the future, but a Will is only able to provide an outline for your wishes regarding property, possessions, finances and assets, along ...

Changes to Probate Rules Delayed

April 11, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Proposed changes to the rules around probate in England and Wales were due to come into effect on the 1st of April 2019 but have been delayed due to opposition and Brexit matters taking priority. A Ministry of Justice spokesperson has said that the reforms will come into force ‘as soon as possible’, though the proposal has been deemed controversial by many, with Labour indicating it will object to the revised fee scheme, giving the House of Commons the chance to vote. Other opponents include the Liberal Democrats and two Lords committees, who dubbed the changes as a ‘stealth tax’. Following the suggested changes, probate fees would be charged on a sliding scale ...

1 in 4 People Are In A ‘Distressed’ Relationship

April 04, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to Relate’s recent report on couple relationships in the UK, ‘It Takes Two’, 25% of people surveyed said they were in a ‘distressed’ relationship, but only one in five (22%) said they would seek professional support if their relationship was under strain. Over 5,000 people were polled for the report, which aimed to provide an overview of the state of relationships in the UK, and though two-thirds (66%) of people agreed that ‘everyone could benefit from support with their relationships’, it seems the reality of seeking help is far less likely. Of those surveyed, 16% said they thought about getting divorced, separated, or ending their relationship at least occasionally, and ...

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