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Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

June 15, 2018

A new report from Zurich has suggested that retirees are potentially being hindered from obtaining financial help should they become ill or lose mental capacity due to not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. By making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs a person (known as a ‘Donor’) can […]

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Planning your funeral at the age of 27

June 8, 2018

Recently it has been reported that a 27 year old with no health concerns is more prepared for death than most pensioners. She has planned her funeral and decided what she would like to happen to her belongings and shared her Googledocs with her family containing all the information. She explained that it was after […]

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Unmarried couples – another good reason to take professional advice when making a will …

June 4, 2018

#cohabitation #inheritance #make a will #contest a will The High Court has recently ruled in favour of a woman whose late partner of 42 years left her nothing from his £1.5 million estate. His estate was left to tenants and friends. The High Court ruled she should be entitled to a share of the estate […]

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Power of Attorney refunds

May 29, 2018

#PowerofAttorney #Refund The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) recently announced that it has been incorrectly charging for its registration services. So, if you paid a registration fee in connection with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are […]

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No Fault Divorce – A Better Way

May 17, 2018

Our specialist family law team support a change in the law to allow for “No Fault Divorce” without, as is currently the case, waiting two years from the date that the parties separated. The recent case of Owens has highlighted a potential situation where one spouse has to prove that the other has behaved unreasonably […]

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Does a spouse or civil partner have rights in a house that the other partner owns?

March 2, 2018

The law currently gives you more rights when you are married or enter into a civil partnership than as cohabitees. One important legal consequence of being married is that you have matrimonial home rights which means that you have the right to live in a property that is owned in your spouse’s name and that right can be registered […]

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Top Tips for a Dignified Divorce

February 13, 2018

When you separate the process of getting divorced can seem like an expensive, out of control, minefield but it doesn’t have to be.  Be kind to yourself and your children and access support.  Family and friends or professionals can all be helpful depending upon the level of support your situation requires. Here are a few […]

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Helping Children when their parents separate

January 30, 2018

Separation and divorce is always difficult for us to deal with as adults so imagine how children feel when their parents separate. Whatever their age they are likely to feel a real sense of loss and may feel that they are in some way to blame. To help them come to terms with this change […]

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Pensions can be shared on divorce

January 9, 2018

Did you know that within divorce proceedings the court has the power, as well as making orders for maintenance and transferring or selling property and other capital assets, to share pensions? Pension sharing orders enable  the pension company to transfer a specified percentage of the pension into a pension in the other person’s name and […]

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Have you heard of Collaborative Family Law?

December 13, 2017

Our niche Family Law Practice in Lancaster has two collaboratively trained solicitors, Nicola Codd and Barbara Richardson, who will help you find the best way to resolve issues on divorce and separation as constructively as possible. We work collaboratively with you and your ex at meetings to help you resolve the issues together by agreement. […]

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