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  • Posted on June 26, 2019 by Admin
    You may have only just finished getting rid of those last, stubborn granules of sand that pocketed themselves from your last summer holiday (where do they keep coming from?), but that time of the year is nearly upon us again. Just a few more weeks and school will be out, which can be terribly exciting for kids, but can be enough to make parents order double-shot espressos – when they don’t even drink coffee. And, if you’re divorced, the summer holidays can be enough to tip you into caffeine-addiction territory.
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    Posted in: Family law
  • Posted on June 20, 2019 by Admin
    Pride celebrations are taking place across the UK during June and July, marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place in New York on 28 June 1969. These riots served as a momentous catalyst for the gay rights movement globally. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community joined forces with those supportive of the movement in the cisgender community to combat unfair and discriminatory laws, which prevented the queer community from socialising and expressing themselves without worry or fear of reprimand.

    Amongst the areas of change stemming from years of activism in this area are the maternity and paternity rights of same-sex couples. Choosing to start your own family should be a time of excitement as you embark on this new chapter together. To help make this time of your life as smooth as it can be (we can’t promise we’ll help with the night-time feeds or nappy changes!), we outline what your rights are.
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    Posted in: Employment law
  • Posted on June 6, 2019 by Admin
    While you were probably out enjoying the first day of summer on Saturday, the Tenant Fee Act 2019 (‘the Act’) came into force. The Act functions to crack down on unexpected fees from landlords and letting agents, and will impose hefty fines on anyone who fails to comply.

    If you’re currently renting, or you’ve been thinking about entering into a tenancy agreement, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Some charges beyond your rent will still apply, but a lot more financial protections are now in place for tenants. Below QualitySolicitors looks at who is affected, what exactly the Act means, and what further implications there are for end of tenancy evictions.
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  • Posted on March 11, 2019 by Admin
    Fraud is becoming an increasingly significant issue and is now one of the most commonly experienced crimes in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics’ crime survey, there was an estimated 3.3 million cases of fraud in the year ending June 2018[1]. This high figure captures a broad range of fraud offences, including lower-harm cases. But fraud can have very significant impacts, particularly as the value of the scam increases. Property fraud is a real threat that buyers, sellers and solicitors need to be aware of to help ward-off would-be fraudsters.
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  • Posted on March 7, 2019 by Admin
    If, like most of us, you don’t have an autobiography and you’re not planning on releasing your personal memoirs anytime soon, your will is the most detailed document you’ll ever have about your life.

    This one, all-encompassing legal document captures what should happen to your life’s earnings, accumulated assets, the family home, your sentimental possessions, how your beloved pet corgi or fish that refuses to smile back should be cared for, what your religious preferences are, any last wishes, and what you’d like to happen to your earthly body when you’re gone. Your will is, in effect, your opportunity to have the last say. Whether you’re stubborn or not, that’s a protection we should all want.
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    Posted in: Wills
  • Posted on February 28, 2019 by Admin

    What does the revocation of a will mean?


    Revocation means to cancel a will. This can happen in a variety of ways. A will can be cancelled by an act, but it can also be possible to cancel a will by implication.
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  • Posted on February 4, 2019 by Admin
    Thinking about the future can be a daunting task. We're always eager to plan future holidays, purchases or fun events, but can we say we are just as organised about protecting ourselves and our loved ones for whatever challenges the future holds for us? That is where our friendly and experienced solicitors dealing with Wills & LPAs can help. Click here to find your nearest solicitor.
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  • Posted on January 9, 2019 by Admin
    Lawyers around the country have dubbed the first working Monday of January ‘Divorce Day’ — so-called because of the spike in web searches, enquiries and instructions after the Christmas period — but it’s fair to say that Divorce Month is more accurate.
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    Posted in: Family law
  • Posted on December 17, 2018 by Admin
    Tech billionaire Elon Musk had a post-nup with his ex-wife and Kanye West has a pre-nup with his wife, the professional celebrity Kim Kardashian. But are nuptial agreements just for eccentric celebrities trying to stiff their spouses?

    The common view of nuptial agreements, whether pre-nups or post-nups, is that they’re contracts drawn up by celebrities or the ultra-wealthy when they marry someone with far fewer assets, in order to leave their spouse high and dry in the event of a break-up. Sometimes this is true, and it’s certainly possible to quibble with the way nuptial agreements have been used by some – but it doesn’t have to be this way and, often, nuptial agreements are something else entirely.
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    Posted in: Family law
  • Posted on November 30, 2018 by Admin
    Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, sadly passed away in August and did so without leaving a Will. This might come as a surprise to many given her superstar status and assets worth an estimated £62.3 million. Without a Will in place, local law is dictating how her estate is being divided, rather than this being her own choice. This is further complicated because one of her sons has special needs that require financial and medical support for the rest of his life. The process of administering her estate could take years to resolve because of this lack of clear division and potential claims to the inheritance, and will likely play out in public.
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