Tax, Wills, family law and divorce – tips for understanding your situation and making informed choices

Getting around to doing some “life admin” easily falls to the bottom of any to do list when competing with the demands work and family life, but taking some time out to make sure that you are protecting yourself, whatever your relationship status, can reap benefits should things not pan out as expected. Wills Making... Continue Reading →

Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan do not wish to be married, and want instead to have a civil partnership, which at present is only available to opposite-sex couples.... Continue Reading →

Marriage certificates: unfit for purpose in the 21st century?

Marriage certificates in England and Wales are no longer fit for purpose, according to campaigners who are seeking a change in the law to overhaul documents that have not been updated since the Victorian era. The marriage certificate in its current form provides space for the names of the fathers of the bride and groom... Continue Reading →

Winners, windfalls and wealth protection

The importance of legal advice and wealth protection following a lottery win or large windfall. The Independent recently featured an article about Britain's youngest Euromillions winner and the detrimental impact that winning the lottery had on her life. Jane Park was 17 when she won £1m on Euromillions. She is now 21 and is planning... Continue Reading →

2017… new year, new start?

3 January 2017. The first working day of the new year. Supposedly, one of the “highlights” of every family lawyer’s calendar, when we allegedly see a year-on-year unprecedented increase in new enquiries about divorce and separation. Every year, we will read in the press of one or two law firms anticipating a huge rise in... Continue Reading →

Look before you leap?

When I was at school, leap years seemed really exciting. One of the girls in my class was born on 29 February, and so we all found it hilarious that she was still only 2 years old, rather than 8 like the rest of us. Fast forward a couple of decades, or 8 leap years... Continue Reading →

Investing in property: a guide for parents

Property prices across the country are increasing faster than salary growth. This, coupled with strict lending requirements, means that many young people feel that they are fast being priced out of the housing market. As many young adults are struggling to pay their monthly rent and outgoings, let alone scrabble together a sizeable deposit, the... Continue Reading →

Civil partners left in limbo whilst first same sex marriages set to take place this month

The first same sex marriages are due to take place at the end of this month, as parts of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 come into force. Over the past few weeks, our team has received several enquiries from couples looking for advice about how to convert their civil partnership into a marriage,... Continue Reading →

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