Stamp duty reduction for first time buyers
The Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced new stamp duty measures to help first time buyers. As of Wednesday 22 November, following the Autumn Budget, new home owners across the UK will benefit from a stamp duty freeze. He has removed the requirement for first time buyers to pay stamp duty where they buy a property […]
Protecting yourself with a Post-nuptial Agreement
Most of us have heard of a pre-nuptial agreement, especially in the world of the rich and famous but recently there has been a rise in the number of already married couples getting into post-nuptial agreements. A post-nuptial agreement is different to a pre-nuptial agreement as it is a legal agreement made between individuals who […]
Domestic Abuse and Applications for a Child Arrangements Order
There has been a recent update in family law which involve applications for a child arrangements order where there has been or there is a risk of domestic abuse. A child arrangements order cover issues about where a child should live and how much time they spend with each parent. These are the old custody/residence […]
Changes to case law – the financial part of a divorce
This week there have been a few updates in family case law in relation to the financial part of a divorce. The first case of Birch v Birch  relates to a Wife’s application to the Court to release her from the legal promise she made to the Court and to her Husband when they […]
The risks of not taking legal advice after a separation
Any married couple who unfortunately decide that the relationship is over and separation is on the cards, really need to stop and think about the financial and emotional consequences if they do not seek legal advice as to how to separate responsibly. A married couple who separate but do not divorce, make a Will or […]
Same sex marriage, a Scottish Church is one of the first to approve.
You might have seen in the news that a Christian Church in Scotland has been one of the first to allow same sex marriage. If English churches were to do the same this could mean there will be an even bigger increase in same sex marriages than we have seen over the last few years. If you’re thinking […]
The Chafes Hague Lambert way of dealing with separation and legal fees
At Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors we appreciate that a separation can be one of the most difficult experiences anyone has to go through. A lot of couples may feel pressurised to stay together because of the fear that they cannot afford to separate or because there are young children involved. There may be a reluctance […]
Digital Assets – leaving them in your Will
There’s no escaping the fact that the digital revolution has impacted on virtually all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Examples include, websites, email accounts, online banking, social media accounts, iTunes, online gaming, digital contracts and receipts (think EBay and Frequent Flyer miles), even tax statements. Most would agree these advances have enhanced our […]
Matrimonial assets, desperate times = desperate measures !
Some people have been known to go to some lengths to hide matrimonial assets but it has recently been reported in the media about a very bizarre case in Columbia where a wife had discovered her husband had been cheating on her so as a desperate measure to stop him from taking half of her […]
Will you escape Inheritance Tax (IHT) under the new rules?
With the number of estates having to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT) steadily increasing, George Osborne announced in the 2015 Summer Budget that your family home would no longer be subject to IHT. To use his precise words, “You can pass up to £1 million on to your children free of IHT. No more IHT on […]