Probate fees set to skyrocket
The families of wealthy relatives could face a major rise in probate fees following recent proposals announced by the government. The Ministry of Justice is consulting on a proposed increase in the fees which families of a deceased person will have to pay for a ‘Grant of Representation’ (a Grant for short). A Grant is […]
Is divorce the best step?
A marriage break-up can be very upsetting. When it becomes clear that the relationship is badly broken, divorce is often the first thing in everyone’s mind. It’s a way of channelling the anger and resentment into something legal and permanent. Getting divorced will undo the marriage and resolve everything soon, won’t it? Well, no. We […]
Not married … but in a long-term relationship?
There’s lots going on in the law at the moment about the rights of individuals in long-term relationships. For instance, it’s been reported that each year around 7,000 newly-bereaved partners receive nothing in bereavement benefit when their partner dies because they weren’t married or in a civil partnership. If ministers get their way and the […]
If you felt that a deceased relative should have left you more under their Will, would you challenge their wishes? Traditionally, English law allows individuals to leave their assets to whomever they please. But this does not prevent Wills being challenged, however unpalatable this may seem. In fact, on 25th January 2016, The Times […]
As featured on BBC Money Box Live
Michelle Simpson, one of our excellent family lawyers, is still recovering from her recent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live. The show’s producers asked her to answer questions live on air after reading her no-nonsense blogs about divorce. Michelle was billed as the programme’s in-studio expert lawyer and spent half an hour answering […]
Splitting-up? Who owns the family home?
As the song goes, ‘Breaking up is hard to do.’ It can be a very upsetting experience when established couples split-up, married or not. You can tell just how bad it’s got when the partners completely disagree about who will get what from the wreckage. Who’s entitled to the house, the cars, the pets, the […]
Updates to the Consumer Rights Act
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force in October meaning consumers can buy and businesses can sell to them with more confidence. Most of the changes to the Act are updates to existing laws, but there are also two new areas of law introduced. What does the Act cover? A customer has the right […]
Chelsea Employment Issue Highlights
Jose Mourinho, the beleaguered manager of Chelsea FC is finding life tough on the pitch at the moment. Now, it seems, it might be getting equally tough off it. Reports in the media suggest Mourinho is to be the subject of an individual legal claim from ex club doctor, Eva Carneiro. It is believed that […]
How to deal with domestic abuse
Domestic violence is never far from the headlines and whilst stereotypical examples of domestic abuse concentrate on women being the victims, some recent news stories have focused on males being the subject of abuse by their female partners. According to research, it is estimated that one in four women will be a victim of domestic […]
What will happen to your business after your death?
You’ve worked hard to make your business a success, but have you thought about how it will continue to benefit your family after your death? It’s important to consider your family dynamics and to identify who would be comfortable and capable of continuing to run the business successfully. It’s likely you will also have co-owners […]