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Delaying Financial Settlement on Divorce

06 Mar 2017 by Helen in Advice for your life

Dealing with finances is part and parcel of the divorce process. Agreement should be recorded between parties by way of consent order, and before Decree Absolute is granted. It is important that settlement of financial matters is not delayed.
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How will Brexit affect buying European properties?

17 Nov 2016 by Becky Hughes in Advice for your life

Is our relationship with property in Europe to change further? Current figures estimate approximately 1.2 million British citizens reside in the European Union’s 27 other member states. Yet as the UK prepares to leave the EU, how might this number change?
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Timeshare Recovery Room Fraud

16 Feb 2016 by Charlotte in Advice for your life

If you’ve been victim to a timeshare fraud, be on guard, you may be targeted again. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have issued a warning of the dangers of “Recovery Room” fraudsters, targeting previous victims of timeshare fraud.
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Dangers of online scams that targets homebuyers

12 Jan 2016 by Helen in Advice for your life

Recent media reports have highlighted a new online scam. It sees hackers monitor email exchanges between solicitors and their clients during the process of buying a new home.
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Court fees to rise - will it cost you more to divorce?

03 Aug 2015 by Sharn Nijjar in Advice for your life

The Government recently announced that the cost of issuing divorce proceedings will rise by a third, from £410 to £550, later this year. This increase, of £140, will have a significant impact on a large number of people.
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Family Law Reforms 15 months on

24 Jul 2015 by Kathryn Ferris in Advice for your life

Family Law had one of its biggest overhauls in April 2014. It was described as “a cultural revolution”. Changes included cuts to legal aid and the requirement to attend Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM) before pursuing matters through the courts.
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What Kathleen Wyatt vs Dale Vince teaches us

19 Mar 2015 by Kathryn Ferris in Advice for your life

A recent Supreme Court decision demonstrates the importance of obtaining a financial order after every divorce.
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Making a Will is the best present you can give your family

10 Feb 2015 by Helen in Advice for your life

Did your New Year’s resolutions include planning for the future? With February already flying by, you may have given up on, or even forgotten your well-intended plans. Do more exercise; eat healthy; take up a new hobby? What about preparing for the future and looking after your family?
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National Dispute Resolution Week 2014

24 Nov 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

Dispute Resolution Week runs from 24th to 28th November 2014. It’s the third annual awareness-raising week held by Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and professionals committed to taking conflict out of family disputes. The aim is to give people an alternative to taking the traditional court route.
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CQS reaccreditation in 2014

07 Oct 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) is the mark of excellence for the home buying process. In 2011 we became one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the scheme.
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Received a letter about CSA closing Child Support Cases?

25 Sep 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

Following recent reforms to the child maintenance system, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is now beginning to close down all existing Child Support Agency (CSA) cases.
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Divorce appeal makes it to Supreme Court

15 Sep 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

Multi-million pound divorces are in the news lately. The latest in a long string hit the headlines yesterday after the case won the right to appeal in the Supreme Court.
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The benefits of pre-nuptial agreements

06 Aug 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

It can be difficult bringing up the subject of pre-nuptial agreements, especially when everyone is so excited.
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Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

21 Jul 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

It’s a shocking statistic. 64% of adult Britons have not made a Will. Should you die ‘intestate’ - without a valid Will present - you risk launching your family and friends into a legal minefield no-one wants to enter, particularly during such an emotional time.
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What stops people taking a non-court divorce option?

23 Jun 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

If you need to divorce there are legal options open to you without going to court. They can save you time, money and the added stress of attending court.
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Does your employer view your social media profiles?

23 Apr 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

Following our previous post on what businesses need to think about in relation to their employees’ use of social media. Here are a couple of questions you, as an employee should know the answers to in 2014:
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Take a collaborative approach to family law

24 Mar 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

When a family falls apart it is often the children who are caught in the middle. Taking a collaborative approach could be better. It can be a much more amicable and quicker way to resolve personal issues compared to court proceedings, which can be unnecessarily drawn out.
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Cleaning up tree damage after the storms

13 Mar 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

The aftermath and clear-up following a storm is often worse than the storm itself. If you have had any issues with trees damaged by high winds, or having fallen on another’s property, we will help you decide your next steps.
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Are you risking everything by using an unregulated Will writer?

25 Feb 2014 by Helen in Advice for your life

Are your life savings important to you? Of course they are, but it’s a question you should think about, especially if you’ve chosen an unregulated Will writer to draft your Will. You’re taking a big risk. You may be leaving your loved ones in a legal minefield.
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Social media and contempt of court

05 Dec 2013 by Helen in Advice for your life

Social media made the legal headlines again. The publishing of sensitive information surrounding legal cases prompted the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve to act this week.
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Solihull the best place to live in Britain

16 Nov 2013 by Helen in Advice for your life

We already knew it, but Solihull is now recognised as the best place to live in the UK. USwitch, the online utilities comparison website has announced the results of their national survey based on a quality of life index.
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What are Help to Buy Schemes?

25 Oct 2013 by Helen in Advice for your life

The Help-to-Buy Scheme was launched at the beginning of October. It aims to encourage people to make the leap onto the property ladder without having to save a large deposit.
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Quick house sales - what's the catch?

18 Apr 2013 by Helen in Advice for your life

Have you thought of selling your house via a “quick sale” company? If so you’re in danger of being misled, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
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