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What to expect at a Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) hearing

What to expect at a financial dispute resolution (FDR) hearing If you are applying for a financial order as part of your divorce then the court will list your case in for a financial dispute resolution hearing, often called an FDR hearing.  This is a private court...

Protecting your business if you lose mental capacity

Protecting your business if you lose mental capacity With people seeking greater flexibility and a better work-life balance, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) now account for 99 per cent of all private businesses in the UK. ‘Launching and building your new...

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...

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...

SRA diversity requirements

The SRA require that we annually consider, calculate and publish details concerning diversity at the firm. We consider that disclosure lies within the ambit of individual staff as it includes personal information such as sexuality and identity. In accordance with our...

Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough?

Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights where children are concerned and, even then, only in certain circumstances. The general rule is that the parent or guardian of a child under...

The implications of alcohol misuse and family arrangements

While many adults drink alcohol responsibly, unfortunately there is a significant percentage of the adult population in England that misuse alcohol.  Government statistics for 2020 show that over half a million adults in England were admitted to hospital, primarily...

Does bad behaviour affect the financial settlement in a divorce?

Does bad behaviour affect the financial settlement in a divorce? Within a marriage or civil partnership, the concept of bad behaviour can cover a multitude of activities, from leaving the top off the toothpaste to serious or criminal activities. One option when...

Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed Living through a global pandemic has meant seeing loved ones taken from us at an alarming rate, and it has been distressing for many to see someone taken into hospital and not know if you might be able to see them again....

Common probate mistakes and how to avoid them

Common probate mistakes and how to avoid them If you are someone’s executor, then it can be tempting to try to administer the estate yourself with a view to saving money. If the estate is simple and you are comfortable with the legal and tax regulations, then this may...

Should you sign a prenuptial agreement?

Should you sign a prenuptial agreement? Bringing up the subject of a prenuptial agreement can be as daunting as popping the question, perhaps more so as it raises the issue that the marriage might not last.  But how should you react if you have been asked to sign an...

Happy New Year to all of our clients, staff and stakeholders!

I am pleased to report that despite all of the challenges, chaos and worry of 2020 HRS has prospered and we are in a strong position to help even more people in 2021. Things have not, of course, always been easy. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some of us have been...

We offer everyone a first free appointment

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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