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Parental responsibility and assisted conception

Parental responsibility and assisted conception via IVF or a donor Nearly 60,000 people benefit from invitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor insemination at HFEA licensed fertility clinics in the UK, and it is not uncommon for an unlicensed clinic or ‘at home’ informal...

Planning your legacy through charitable giving in your will

Planning your legacy through charitable giving in your will There are many reasons why someone might choose to leave money to charity in their will. Tax planning may be a key incentive, or it could be due to a lack of close family members. Some may simply wish to...

Paying inheritance tax when estate funds are tied up

Paying inheritance tax when estate funds are tied up When applying for probate in regard to an estate which is subject to inheritance tax, the Probate Registry requires tax to be paid before the grant of probate application. This can prove difficult as most financial...

Is a prenup part of your business risk management strategy?

Is a prenup part of your business risk management strategy? Managing risk is an essential part of any business operation and while personal relationships do not often appear high on a business risk register, an acrimonious divorce has the power to devastate a small...

A smoother path to divorce from April 2022

A smoother path to divorce from April 2022 Once you have decided that your marriage is over and you have taken the first step towards divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, most people would like to be able to complete the formalities as quickly and smoothly...

Making sure your property passes as you choose with a life interest trust

Making sure your property passes as you choose, with a life interest trust Creating a will with a life interest trust over your property allows you to ensure that your home passes to those you choose, whilst also allowing you to provide for another loved one during...

Could my marriage be invalid?

Nisha takes a look at what happens at a Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) hearing and how to prepare.

Can you really have a clean break after divorce?

Can you really have a clean break after divorce? Many people mistakenly believe that a divorce severs your financial ties, but that is not the case.  It is necessary to either agree your financial arrangements via a separate negotiation and have the settlement...

Can I give up or amend a legacy after someone has died?

Can I give up or amend a legacy after someone has died? While the specific terms of any will are up to the individual who makes it, after they have died there may be circumstances where those left behind wish to pass their gift to someone else. ‘Beneficiaries are not...

Implacably hostile over child arrangements – could this be you?

Implacably hostile over child arrangements – could this be you? If you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner about arrangements for your children, one of you may apply to the family court for an independent decision.  The courts have a wide range of...

Shining a light on secret and half secret trusts

Shining a light on secret and half secret trusts A secret trust can be a useful way of leaving a gift in your will if you do not wish the details of that gift to become public knowledge.  Historically, secret trusts were used by those wishing to pass assets to...

Planning for your financial lasting power of attorney

Managing financial affairs under a lasting power of attorney Making a lasting power of attorney for your finances is an important part of lifetime legal planning, especially if you have built up a portfolio of assets and investments which require regular management....

Resolving a family dispute over choice of school

Resolving a family dispute over choice of school As a parent you will always strive to do what is best for your children, but for separated parents this can sometimes lead to disagreement when what is best in one parent’s eyes does not align with the other parent’s...

Do you need a freezing injunction to protect marital assets?

Do you need a freezing injunction to protect marital assets? Once a relationship has broken down, while many couples remain on good terms, sometimes the situation is irretrievable and behaviour can go beyond what is acceptable or legal.  In particular, disputes over...

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my will?

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my will? Making a will is an important part of lifetime legal planning, but do you need to put all your wishes in your will? Where should you set out your wishes for gifts or your funeral arrangements? Is it appropriate to...

Valuing a private company or family business in a divorce settlement

Valuing a private company or family business in a divorce settlement Running your own business can be the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, but it also brings stresses and strains which sometimes contribute to relationship breakdown. It certainly adds complexity when...

Probate and overseas assets

Probate and overseas assets Born in Greece and educated in France and Germany before coming to the UK, at his death in April of this year Prince Philip reportedly left a multi-million-pound estate which includes assets overseas. The administration of those assets, and...

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If you are separating from a long term relationship, want access to your children, need some help sorting out finance or are having trouble with social services, we can help. Book your first free appointment today for a no obligation chat with an expert family lawyer about the best path forward.  

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