Following the Government instruction for everyone to stay in their own home, leaving only for essentials like food shopping and necessary work, and social distancing, people in new relationships or non-cohabitating relationships, found themselves in a position where they were unable to see each other face to face and share the usual social activities. This meant that there was the possibility of a long-standing relationship failing or a new one not getting off the ground. As a result, some couples decided to move in together in a sudden decision, probably not as well thought out as it might have been with planning and financial discussions. Usually, a couple move in together in a long term plan, or, sometimes, as a trial to see if it is what they want long term.
Disagreements over financial arrangements can sour even the most amicable split. People often make false assumptions, such as the “guilty” party receiving nothing or assets automatically being divided 50/50.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is something of a taboo subject that people don’t like to think about or address, but it is becoming an increasing problem in the UK. Last year, the number of child victims and girls at risk of FGM doubled in England and Wales compared to the previous year.
Throughout March, QualitySolicitors Yates & Co is offering Wills at no cost* to people aged 55 and over as part of an award-winning Will Scheme partnership with Barnardo’s.
The exclusive partnership means those who do not already have one in place can have a simple Will professionally written that captures everything from final wishes and organ donation preferences, to basic inheritance and tax planning, at no cost to them.