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Pensions & Divorce

If you are considering getting a divorce you will know there are numerous financial implications to consider. It is often very difficult to separate the emotional stress from the practical issues which need to adressed. An area which can be overlooked is that of pensions. There are various factors to consider, including pension offsetting, equalisation of pension incomes and treatment of foreign pensions.   This area of financial planning can…

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Family courts plan for paperless processes

HM Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) has provided an update on its plans to modernise e-working in family law.   It’s vision is to have paperless processes from issue to resolution across this often complex and emotional area of law.   The first step will be to introduce “shared storage systems”, hopefully by Spring 2018.   At Labrums, we are aware of the benefits being paperless can bring to clients in terms of speed…

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Holiday Blues

Summer can be a lovely time of year but can also be very stressful for couples particularly if the relationship is not going well.   Planning and preparing for a holiday followed by uninterrupted time together and with the family can bring any cracks to the fore.   If you would like to discuss your relationship issues and potential next steps please contact us to make an appointment to see our expert Reshma Sunnassee on 01727 858807 or…

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Free Family Law Surgery.

We are continually being asked how much we charge for initial consultations for family law issues, not least when it comes to couples getting divorced. Our answer is simple, the first session is free, we believe it is fundamental that clients feel comfortable and confident in their lawyer and it is not fair to charge for this session.   You can have a free 30-minute family law appointment, where you will be able to speak to our family law experts…

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Abuse of Power of Attorney

The below article details how a Harpenden man attempted to defraud his stepmother using a Power of Attorney. It is vital to ensure you get expert legal advice when preparing Powers of Attorney. Carefully and professionally prepared Lasting Powers of Attorney can assist greatly where people may need, or want, assistance in looking after their affairs.  Read the full article here.   For more information call Iain Wanstall on 01727 858807…

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Divorce ruling ends era of 50/50 split

Among non-lawyers, there prevails a belief that marital assets are simply divided 50:50 in a divorce. However, you should not assume that this is always the case as illustrated in this recent article in The Times.   As this very recent case shows that the final outcome can be rather different.     Read the article here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/divorce-ruling-ends-era-of-50-50-split-cmzkfxkqm?shareToken=1e1067b19eaa453a8baf4f196cf409a0…

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The separation of divorce and financial proceedings

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has recently issued his 17th View from the President's Chambers, as to the separation of divorce and financial proceedings.   He says that the separation is necessary because:   only a minority of divorce cases give rise to a financial claim divorce, as a process, is largely administrative and bureaucratic with limited judicial involvement, and unless the petition is defended, involves…

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What does leaving the EU mean for family law?

Our family lawyer Reshma is a member of resolution which is an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.   Reshma, like all resolution members, follows a code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems.   See what resolution say about recent key developments and their impact on family law here   If you need further help please call Reshma on  01727 858807 .  …

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Getting married abroad?

You need to make sure it is recognised in England & Wales.   Nowadays getting married abroad is much more common. The romance, excitement and intimacy are only a few of the reasons!   It is very easy to get lost in the excitement and the wedding preparations, and then overlook the necessity to check that all formalities are complied with.   Each country has its own set of laws and procedural regulations that must be complied…

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Free divorce or separation advice available

A recent newspaper article highlighted that 2 million couples will face divorce after Christmas but will not be prepared for the financial cost.   Christmas and New Year often trigger a decision to divorce or separate but many couples have no idea of the potential legal bills they may face.   Getting the right advice from the right family lawyer at this particularly stressful time is vital. This is why we offer a Free Family Law Surgery.…

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‘A No-Fault Divorce’

For many years there have been discussions about the need to update divorce law.   Divorce is not easy, even if it is amicable. It is usually a time of worry, conflict and stress. It often includes financial pressure and deep worries about the children.   Right now the Divorce law in England and Wales states the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and that one of the following five facts are met:  …

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Could Divorce be Digitised?

Something we keep saying here at Labrums – “The future is coming, get ready.” And if Sir James Munby's prediction is correct, divorce may be the next thing to become digitised.   The President of the Family Division told barristers that in future some court processes will be almost entirely digitised, citing online divorce and online probate as early examples. He said plans to digitise these proceedings could be initially…

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How do I make a will and why should I use a solicitor?

How do I make a will and why should I use a solicitor?   First, you must list what you have in your estate, then you can decide how your estate is to be shared between beneficiaries (who gets what).   You also need to think about:   What happens if any of your beneficiaries die before you do Who will look after your children (if you have any) Who should carry out the wishes contained in your will (your executor) Any other wishes you…

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'Til Death Do Us Part?

Recently engaged? Congratulations! What an exciting time for your both. This is a wonderful time and no doubt you've already been googling venues, wedding dresses and colour schemes.   When you’re as head-over-heels in love as you are right now, the last thing you want to discuss with your future Mr or Mrs is what will happen if your upcoming marriage fails.   But, with 118,140 divorces in 2012 it's not a case of being unromantic,…

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Have you thought ahead to the future?

There's nothing more certain in life than death.   Hopefully everyone reading this will live long, happy and healthy lives. But what about when your time comes? Have you put your affairs in order? Have you provided for your family? Have you made arrangements to ease the burden on your loved ones?   So what should you put in a will and what will happen if you don't have one?   Michael Labrum, founder of Labrums Solicitors, said…

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How Having a Will Can Prevent Family Feuds

  Financial issues are one of the most common reasons for family arguments and when stress and emotional levels are high after the death of a loved one the last thing that is needed is a dispute about money. Despite this, 59% of Britons still do not have a will, according to new research published by Macmillan Cancer Support.   The cancer charity found that around a million Britons have experienced a family argument over money after a relative…

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Cohabitation Rights Bill gives basic rights to cohabiting couples

The Cohabitation Rights Bill is a step closer towards becoming law, after having its second reading in the House of Lords and currently being at committee stage. If passed, it will give greater legal rights to people living together, including if one of them dies.  The bill defines cohabitants as two people of the same or opposite gender who are in a relationship and are living together as a couple but not married or in a civil partnership.…

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Family Law Group Calls For More Humane Divorce Law

  Family law group calls for more humane divorce law   Resolution, an organisation of England and Wales family lawyers, has devised a blueprint for what it hopes will be a more equitable alternative to divorce and separation. This comes at a time when current laws are increasingly seen as belonging to another era and not wholly applicable to the dynamics of today's modern families.  Essentially, what the group wishes to do is remove…

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The Importance of Professional Will Writers

  An alarming proportion of the UK’s population have still not made a will. This is highlighted in a recent report released by The Law Society which revealed that 73% of 16-54 year-olds do not have a will. One of the main reasons for this is often because people believe that their assets or estate will automatically go to the people they would like it to go to. Usually that is not the case.   There is also a worrying…

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