March 03, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
It’s been on your to-do list for ages but you keep shifting it to the bottom of the pile... You tell yourself you’ll do it soon, honest. You’ve got too much on at the moment. You’ve got more exciting things to spend your money on and it’ll take too long to sort out. You don’t know which solicitor to choose. Your affairs aren’t that complicated – surely it’s not that important? Or maybe your affairs are complicated and you can’t bear the thought of digging out all the relevant paperwork. Whatever your excuse, it’s really high time you stopped moaning and wrote your Will.
Without an up-to-date ...
January 18, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Happy birthday to us! January 2017 marks a milestone of 20 years for Frances Lindsay & Co and we’re proud to have provided the Thames Valley with two whole decades of expert, personalised, effective family law services.
The firm was set up by family lawyer Frances Lindsay (clue’s in the name!) in 1997 with the aim of offering 'a different kind of family law' - our work is not just about paperwork, it's about real people, and we have always been committed to providing a service that takes into account each client's emotional and practical needs.
Our family law department includes senior partner Frances Lindsay, partner Sadie Glover, Martin Lambert, and their brilliant PAs ...
January 25, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
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As family solicitors, we see clients go through life’s many milestones and challenges, both good and bad. We help you draw up prenuptial agreements, sort out the legal admin when you move house, make sure the latest family addition is included in your will, and support you through separation if things don’t turn out the way you planned. And though we may deal primarily with the practical aspects of your legal issues, we really do sympathise and celebrate with you every step of the way.
And when it comes to separation ...
December 28, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
As the end of the year approaches, it’s a natural time to start thinking about your plans for 2016 as well as looking back on what’s changed this year. Maybe you changed jobs or moved house, met the love of your life or welcomed a new addition to your family into the world. Twelve months may zip past these days, but a lot can happen in that time – and while making or updating your will may not be top of your to-do list, the New Year can be a good time to take stock of your life changes and prepare for the future.
September 22, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
It’s important for cohabitants to keep an up to date Will to include their partner, since living together as an unmarried couple does not automatically grant you the right to inherit each other’s estate. However, according to the National Consumer Council, only 17% of cohabitants have made a Will – if you’re one of the remaining 83%, book an appointment with your family law solicitor and get yours sorted ASAP!
Under current laws, unmarried couples are not entitled to each other’s estate unless they are specifically named on their partner’s Will. If you don’t have ...
September 13, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Moving in with your partner is one of those milestones that can make or break a relationship. There are so many positives to cohabitation (spending more time together, halving your bills, having someone to cook you dinner once in a while!) but there are also a few hurdles to clear first, such as the stresses of moving, learning to live with each other’s little habits, and arguing over DIY…
On a more serious note, it’s important to take your financial situation into consideration as a cohabiting couple – there’s no such thing as ‘common law marriage’, and your assets won’t necessarily be ...
September 02, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Contrary to popular belief, living together as a ‘common-law’ couple does not automatically provide you with the same legal rights as married couples, or those in a civil partnership. It’s important, therefore, for cohabitees to make arrangements to protect their financial rights. The best way to do this is to draw up a cohabitation agreement (sometimes called a ‘living together agreement’) – a legal document much like a prenuptial agreement – which sets out fair provision for finances, property and children in the event of separation. If you own property, you should at the very least have a Declaration of Trust setting ...
August 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Unfortunately, divorce has the ability to bring out the worst in people. When it comes down to negotiating the particulars of dividing up your assets or dealing with children's issues, sometimes you will discover a whole new side to your ex. Manipulative behaviour comes in many forms – it may follow on from years of financial, physical or emotional abuse, or may be a subconscious attempt to control the situation. Common issues include trying to convince the other party to make agreements without the approval of their solicitor, pressuring them into make decisions before they're ready, or simply complicating matters so that the process becomes drawn out to ‘punish’ them. It’s important to remember that ...
May 27, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
A family with happily separated parents is far healthier than a family with miserable married parents. And while the separation process itself may be difficult, in the long run, resolving the issues of a broken relationship will provide a more stable and positive environment for children.
If you’re worried about how your children will cope with the stresses of divorce, the family law team at Frances Lindsay & Co have a few suggestions for how to work through the hard times together and come out the other side stronger as a family:
Try a resolution-based method of separation like
May 16, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Online DIY and ‘quickie’ divorce packages will have you believe that it’s possible to reach an adequate resolution to relationship breakdown with just a few pieces of paperwork and a questionnaire, but there is (or should be!) far more to the separation process if you are to resolve your differences in an effective and legally responsible way.
When you’re looking for a solicitor, the first thing you need to realise is that it’s a two-way relationship. Your lawyer isn’t there to simply get you what you want – of course it’s their job to negotiate the best outcome within the confines of possibility, but they are not a ...