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Giving the right advice at the right time

January 25, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  [caption id="attachment_1816" align="aligncenter" width="320"]             Beautiful flowers from a happy client.[/caption] 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 ...

Do I need a solicitor to write my will?

April 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Using a solicitor to write your will ensures that your affairs are dealt with exactly according to your wishes. Even if your situation isn’t complicated, it’s well worth arranging an appointment with your solicitor to discuss wills and probate services, especially if you own property, are eligible to pay Inheritance Tax, or want to look after someone’s interests after you’re gone. A solicitor will save you time and money by explaining the options appropriate to your situation and drawing up a will according to your instructions. Meetings with your solicitor are confidential, and if you have a difficult issue to ...

Changes to wills and inheritance laws leave common-law couples out of the loop

November 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

On the 1st of October 2014 changes to inheritance laws in England and Wales took effect, but the legal rights of common-law couples remained lacking in terms of automatic inheritance. The changes to intestacy rules, which determine who receives what when there is no will to provide guidance, will affect people who have over £250,000 in assets at the time of death. However, despite pressure from lawyers to award rights to cohabitees with children, or those who have lived together for more than five years, the laws remain the same, leaving ‘common-law’ partners with no legal protection if their partner dies. The current rules effectively mean that unmarried couples are treated as single ...

Making a Will: Explained

October 28, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Time to make a will or update an existing one? There are three main areas to consider when putting together a will: who you would like to inherit your assets, the specifics of those assets, and any special instructions relating to individual bequests or the details of your funeral. Your solicitor will help you put together all the information you need to draw up your will. Use this guide to make sure you have everything you need before you visit your solicitor: Beneficiaries, Heirs and Executors Your solicitor will need to know ...

Managing Finances in Step-families

August 27, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, one in ten children in the UK are part of a step-family. Modern family life is more complex than ever, and financial issues can be complicated within step-families with multiple children from previous marriages. If you’re entering into a new relationship following a divorce, and welcoming step-children into your family, here are a few aspects to consider with your partner about making sure your finances are fair and balanced: Firstly, get in touch with your family lawyer or solicitor for advice on organising your finances, updating any ...

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