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Lasting Powers of Attorney

Tom Gabb
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Do you worry about how your money and affairs would be looked after if your health deteriorated and you were no longer able to manage these yourself? The answer is to make Lasting Power(s) of Attorney (LPA’s) whereby you appoint one or more individuals...

1 in 4 adopted children make direct contact with birth family before they turn 18

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Nearly 1 in 4 adopted children make contact with their birth family before they turn 18 years old, according to charity, Adoption UK. When adopted children turn 18, they have a right to request information about their birth family. However, the rise of...

New Legal Protections for People Experiencing Domestic Abuse

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Domestic abuse is a devastating yet all too common experience that leaves people with trauma that can last months, years, or even a lifetime. It is estimated that 2.4 million people (aged 16 to 74) experience domestic abuse every year, and that is only the...

Do Adults Always Know Best? Tips on Listening to Children in Divorce Proceedings

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Children are often at the heart of divorce and dissolution, but sometimes their voices get lost. For most parents, the happiness and welfare of their children is the most important thing in the world. However, when divorce talks are in full swing and both...

Fixed fee divorce - simple, straightforward separation

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Are you thinking about getting a divorce? The first legal step you need to take is to file a divorce petition at court. If you and your partner are on the same page about the separation, this process should be simple, right? Actually, it can be more...

Taking Children Abroad During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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At this point in time, many countries are off-limits due to a coronavirus travel ban. You may also need a justification to travel to other countries. But with the rules changing so quickly and so regularly, it may be the case that you are thinking about...

Are you an Executor?

Tom Gabb
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Are you an Executor? Being appointed as an Executor is an onerous job. Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, locating and identifying the assets and any liabilities of the estate; applying to the Court for a Grant of Probate of the Will;...

Have you made a Will?

Tom Gabb
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Have you made a Will? If you do not make a Will your ‘estate’ – normally all of your investments, property, cash & personal belongings - will pass to your next-of-kin ( if you have any ) according to the law governing intestacy. This...

Home Rights Notice

Phil Thomas
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What is a Home Rights Notice? If you are going through a divorce you may suddenly receive a letter from HM Land Registry stating a Home Rights Notice has been registered against your property. This can cause significant upset, especially if it is received...

Financial Consent Order v Separation Agreement on Divorce

Phil Thomas
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Introduction When a couple decide that that the marriage has broken down, one of the most pressing issues they face is ‘What happens to the finances?’ With divorce cases taking up to a year to get through to Decree Absolute, couples are...

Divorce During Covid

Phil Thomas
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As family solicitors specialising in divorce law we have seen a marked increase in the number of clients seeking a divorce during the pandemic. Lately the number of divorce enquiries has increased significantly as the two issues are closely linked; this is...