Are banks dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney in the right way?
When someone loses the ability to manage their own affairs, it can be a stressful time for family and friends. But if that person made a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’), things can be made much easier. Yet don’t assume your relative can just walk into the bank and access your money, even if it […]
Panama Papers highlight the issues of hidden assets in divorce
It has been reported a lot recently in the media about spouses who have tried to conceal their wealth from their ex-spouses during divorce proceedings and the consequences of that dishonesty coming to light at a later date. One case that was dealt with by the Supreme Court was that of Sharland and Gohil where […]
Rise in Divorce Petition Court Fees
Its already two weeks since the government decided to increase the fee for issuing a divorce petition from £410 to £550, which is an increase of about 35%. The rise has already seen the potential for even more financial pressure on separating spouses who are already worried about the impact a divorce will have on […]
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 […]