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Welcome to our News & Resources page. Here you can find legal updates, frequently asked questions (FAQs), blogs, articles written by our lawyers designed to help you, and other information from our team.

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Our solicitors have written legal articles on a handful of subjects across all of our areas of practice, that we hope you will find useful. We update our Legal Articles page with helpful information and tips on a regular basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Wills

Posted on 28th November 2016 by Bethany Prytherch in Wills, Trusts & Probate

Our Wills specialist Lisa Fay gets asked questions about wills on a daily basis.

Here, we’ve summarised some of the most popular questions for you.

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The myth of the quickie divorce: How long does divorce really take?

Posted on 27th November 2016 by June Reid in Family Law

You often read in the press that some celebrity has been granted a “quickie divorce”.

This is a myth.

There is no such thing as a “quickie divorce” granted in seconds.

In order to obtain a divorce in England, there is a set procedure to follow:

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What is a Deputyship?

Posted on 10th August 2016 by Bethany Prytherch in Wills, Trusts & Probate

A Deputyship Order is an Order of the Court of Protection. It appoints a person or persons to deal with the affairs of a “Patient” who has lost mental capacity to deal with their own affairs. A Deputyship Order can be made in respect of property & financial affairs and/or health & welfare, though the latter is less common.

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Failure to Pay Child Maintenance Set to Affect the Credit Rating of Non-payers

Posted on 21st January 2015 by June Reid in Family Law

From March 2015 (subject to Parliamentary approval), the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and Child Support Agency (CSA) will begin sharing certain information about the payment records of their clients with credit reference agencies.

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Can I do my own Divorce?

Posted on 19th February 2016 by June Reid in Family Law

Online and DIY divorces can work for some. If the divorce is amicable, you have no children and there are no financial assets to split, doing your own divorce may seem like a quick, easy and cheap solution. However, be aware and be careful as it is never that simple.

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Sharland & Gohil: Supreme Court Confirms No Tolerance for Non-Disclosure

Posted on 16th October 2015 by June Reid in Family Law

On Wednesday (14th October 2015), the Supreme Court handed down the much awaited judgments in the cases of Sharland v Sharland and Gohil v Gohil. The wives in both cases were granted the right to challenge their divorce settlements after the Supreme Court unanimously found that their husbands misled the courts in the original hearings.

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Ten Minute Motion on No Fault Divorce in House of Commons

Posted on 1st October 2015 by June Reid in Family Law

On 13th October a Ten Minute Motion on the case for introducing no fault divorce will be debated in the House of Commons. The Motion has been brought by Conservative MP Richard Bacon.

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How to Challenge or Amend a Divorce Petition

Posted on 29th September 2015 by June Reid in Family Law

“I’ve been served with a Divorce petition and I don’t agree with what it says – what can I do?”

We frequently see clients who disagree with the divorce petition they have received and want to defend the petition. However, this may not always be the best option.

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The Help to Buy ISA – Financial help for first-time buyers

Posted on 22nd February 2016 by Maureen Ross in Property

The Help to Buy ISA was announced by the Government in the March 2015 Budget. The idea was that first-time buyers could save through a Help to Buy ISA and, as an incentive, would receive a Government bonus which would be calculated and paid when they bought their first home.

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Resolution Calls for Family Law Reform – A Call for Sweeping Changes to Laws on Divorce & Separation

Posted on 10th March 2015 by June Reid in Family Law

On 23rd February 2015, Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, launched its manifesto calling for sweeping changes to the law relating to divorce and separation. The launch of the manifesto is the beginning of a number of initiatives by Resolution calling for a better system of family law.

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