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Making Decisions About Your Future

January 15, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

We’ve all been through a difficult year but with hopes for an effective vaccine and a return to normal, 2021 brings us a little optimism for the future. But 2020 also showed us how precarious and fragile our circumstances can be, and that many people haven’t considered what they’d do or how their family would be protected if the worst should happen. The threat of Coronavirus is still in our lives, along with the worrying development of ‘Long Covid’ which has left people suffering and unable to work for months after contracting the virus. None of us want to think about the worst case scenario, but thinking about these things is a lot less scary when you know that ...

Lasting Powers of Attorney and End of Life Planning When You’re On Your Own

January 11, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

From time to time we are asked to handle end of life arrangements for clients who have no family – no parents, siblings, children or spouse to help make decisions about their property, finances, health and welfare. Obviously this can be quite a worrying situation for someone on their own, but there’s an easy way to make the appropriate arrangements and ensure that your wishes – and you – are properly taken care of in the future: with Lasting Powers of Attorney. According to a survey by Which?, almost two thirds (71%) of people have no plans for their end-of-life care. Over half had discussed their future wishes with friends and family but not put any concrete plans in ...

The Potential Pitfalls of Online Divorce

January 08, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Approximately 40% of all divorce petitions are submitted online, and it’s highly likely that percentage has increased since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Submitting a petition online can be convenient and quick, but there are also some drawbacks to weigh up before you proceed. The online application process was set up with an aim to make things easier and more accessible for couples wishing to separate in response to rising numbers of litigants in person. However, the main issue with this is that most people don’t have the resources or knowledge to adequately represent themselves, and even the simplest online system will not fix that. In all cases, it’s highly recommended that you speak to an experienced solicitor before ...

Divorcing Post-Covid

January 04, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

It’s safe to say we saw a significant increase in divorce enquiries during the tumultuous past year, many of them directly related to the pressures of lockdown and the stresses of living through a pandemic. That’s not to say covid-related issues were the cause of people wanting to separate, but in many cases they were what pushed relationships to the brink and forced people to reassess their priorities. Financial worries, job losses, disagreements over the division of labour at home, or simply being cooped up together in such a high-stress situation are all potentially compounding elements when it comes to a relationship already under strain, and for some, the events of 2020 created a ‘make or break’ situation. A ...

Looking Towards 2021 – Get Your Legal Affairs In Order & Protect Your Future

December 27, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

2021 is on the horizon (finally!)… 2020 has been a momentous year, to say the least, and for many of us, it’s made us think about what really matters and perhaps even made us re-think some of our priorities. It’s also shown us that we cannot predict the future (you literally could not have written the events of 2020!) and how important it is to have a safety net in place to protect our own future, and the future of our loved ones. Having the right legal documentation is vital to make sure your living arrangements are secure, your relationships are safeguarded, your children are looked after, your estate is protected, and your end of life plans and wishes are ...

Frances Lindsay & Co Christmas Closing Dates 2020

December 14, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

As 2020 (finally!) comes to an end, the team at Frances Lindsay & Co is very much looking forward to some much-deserved time off, and our offices will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and we will re-open at 8.30am Monday 4th Jan 2021. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our clients for bearing with us this year as we navigated the sudden changes to our practices, transferred our face-to-face appointments to video calls, and dealt with everything this year has thrown at us! We will, as always, make sure that any ongoing cases are taken care of before we close up for the Christmas holidays, and our team will be on hand before ...

When Should You Update Your Will?

December 06, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

First up, let’s just check that you’re part of the one-third of UK adults who actually have a will. Yep? Good. (If not, then it’s high time you made one!) Now, think about when you last updated it. If the answer is ‘never’, or so long ago you can’t even remember, then it’s high time you did. “But surely once I’ve made a will, that’s it – I don’t need to think about it any more?” Well, possibly – if you happen to continue on for the rest of your life without any changes to your circumstances. But it’s more than likely that there may be amendments worth making, especially if it’s been a while since you drew up your ...

Coping with a (Covid) Christmas as a Separated Parent

December 01, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

With all that this year has thrown at us and the uncertainty of what's still to come, Christmas is something of an unknown quantity for many in 2020. Will we be able to get together with family members? What tier will be in? Will there be another lockdown? And what does next year have in store?! For separated parents, things may feel even more complicated as they negotiate the rules around children’s arrangements along with Covid restrictions (you can read the latest updates on these rules here). So, as we do every year, we thought we’d put together some guidelines and advice on how to minimise stress during the holiday season for those coping with co-parenting post-divorce – ...

Causes of Separation Enquiries Following Lockdown

November 12, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A ‘post-lockdown divorce boom’ has been predicted in the UK as the pressures of quarantine measures put relationships under scrutiny. Family law professionals have reported a significant increase in enquiries about separation since March, the causes of which often seem to stem from the intense period of lockdown this year. Ordinarily, some couples only spend an average of 2.5 hours together per day around work, childcare, social activities and other responsibilities, and therefore the implementation of lockdown was a bit of a shock to the system. As a result, the sudden enforced close proximity seems have caused many couples to re-evaluate their relationships, or allowed underlying issues to come to the surface when previously they were hidden by the ...

Coronavirus and Children’s Arrangements

November 09, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Covid-19 restrictions have made this year difficult for all of us, but things have been particularly tricky for parents who have to negotiate children’s arrangements around the ever-changing rules. We have received many enquiries from divorced parents looking for advice on the guidelines, for example: whether it’s ok to move children between homes, what to do if the other parent isn’t sticking to guidelines, and how to change previously agreed arrangements. We posted a blog back in May to try to clarify the lockdown guidelines but it’s time for a post-lockdown update to help you navigate your children’s arrangements with the latest advice: Children should maintain their usual routine of spending time with each parent as much as possible, ...

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