Whether you subscribe New Year’s resolutions or not, the shift into a brand new year always brings an inevitable feeling of change. Maybe you’re planning on moving house in 2020. Maybe you’re embarking on a new relationship, or coming to the end of a difficult one. Maybe your family is expanding, or your career is at a crossroads, or you’re thinking of retiring. Whatever 2020 has in store for you, it never hurts to look to the future and consider how to make things as secure and streamlined as possible.
Big life decisions can be scary, so it really helps to have a clear plan of action and a safety net if life catches you unawares. Legal issues can range from being relatively straightforward (for example, sorting out conveyancing for a property purchase or updating your will), to slightly more involved (for example, making Lasting Powers of Attorney arrangements) to lengthy processes that require a lot of planning (for example, dealing with a divorce), but in each case there are three important steps to get things started:
- First, you need to take that all important initial step. Perhaps you’ve been putting off making a will or sorting out end-of-life arrangements. Perhaps you’re nervous about talking to a solicitor about separation because it’ll make it ‘real’. Perhaps dealing with property and conveyancing stuff is right at the bottom of your to-do list. Take a deep breath. Pick up the phone or compose that email. And just do it. You’ll feel much better once you’ve got the ball rolling and have the support and advice of an experienced solicitor on your side.
- Next, do the necessary groundwork and preparation. Get your paperwork in order and you’ll have already done half the work. Preparation is everything, whether you’re putting your property on the market, dividing up assets in divorce, or making a will. Find out what your solicitor needs from you and do your best to stay on top of the logistics throughout the process. Not only will this help things run as smoothly and quickly as possible, it’ll also end up cheaper and more efficient for you!
- Finally, put together a watertight plan. Speak to your solicitor about your options, your circumstances, and the outcome you’re hoping for. Then, together, you’ll be able to determine the best course of action to move forward. Knowing where you’re going and what you need to do to get there takes a huge amount of stress out of any legal process and helps you feel more in control.
Perhaps you already have big plans for 2020. Perhaps a change in circumstances is forcing you to move in a new direction. Or perhaps you have no idea what lies ahead. Whatever your situation, we can help to take the weight off your shoulders – easy as 1, 2, 3.
Get in touch with our law team at Frances Lindsay & Co to make an appointment to discuss your needs – we offer a free initial 45-minute consultation for family law issues and set you on the right path to make those big, scary decisions a bit more manageable.