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Couples must wait for a ‘no fault’ divorce as new law is delayed

  The government announcement this week that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, will be delayed by at least six months will disappoint many separated couples seeking to divorce in the most amicable way, with the least impact on their children. The Act, which was due to come into force in October 2021, will…

Buying a listed building: The do’s and don’ts you need to know

Listed buildings account for approximately 2% of England’s built heritage. When a building is ‘listed’ it is included on the statutory list of “buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The list status is intended to protect buildings from alterations that may negatively impact their character or historical context. In practical terms for the owner,…

Preparing to sell your business – Planning is key

Making the decision to sell your business is life changing. Selling a business successfully requires a great deal of planning, which owners often underestimate. On average 58%* of business owners have no succession or exit plan in place. Corporate Commercial Partner, Tom Webb discusses the practical points business owners need to consider when preparing their…

Why you need a Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent study carried out by Office of the Public Guardian* concluded that while approximately 40% of the UK population have a Will, only 1% have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in place. Many of those surveyed did not know what an LPA is, and those that did, believed that they would never need to…

How can I help a family member diagnosed with Dementia manage their affairs?

To assist someone with their affairs (whether related to their finances or to health matters), you must hold the legal powers to do so. The route you will need to take will depend on the mental capacity of the person you are seeking to help. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of…

Positive start to 2021 for M&A activity in the UK

There is no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for business. The impact of the pandemic during 2020 did not, however appear to lessen the appetite for corporate M&A activity in the UK and judging by the first quarter of 2021 this looks set to continue. Despite 2021 starting with the UK entering a…

Top ten points to consider when making a Will

A lengthy administrative process, disputes between family members and financial hardship are just some of the repercussions for families when a love one dies without making a Will. Despite the increased problems for loved ones left behind, it is estimated that 59%* of people in the UK still don’t have a Will. So where to…

Appointing a guardian – What rights does the surviving parent have?

  Often becoming a parent makes many of us think about the future and the security of our family. For peace of mind many parents make a Will or update their Will and appoint a guardian to look after a child in the event of their death. No one wants to think about not being…

The importance of appointing a guardian for your children

Becoming a parent is life-changing and with so much excitement and planning involved along the way, it is hardly surprising that most people do not consider drafting a Will and appointing a guardian at what is a very important stage of their lives. If the worst was to happen and both you and your partner…

The importance of financial planning for divorce

Financial planning is important to help us all achieve our desired future lifestyle. However, when faced with relationship breakdown or divorce, the inevitable changing circumstances mean that the need to reassess your financial situation is crucial in order to allow you to begin the next chapter of your life. A family solicitor will be able…