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Stellar Contributions in Divorce Settlements

Posted on 16th May 2017 in Family Law

Something which is being reported more and more frequently in the media are high value divorce cases in which one party seeks to argue a “stellar contribution”.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Helping Someone Sign a Will – Judge Overturns Deathbed Will

Posted on 03rd May 2017 in Dispute Resolution

The High Court has set aside a will where it appeared the testator had help signing his last will. As millionaire Marcel Chu was on his deathbed, his carer Donna Henderson manoeuvred his hand to help him sign a will just two days before his death. The will left almost half of his £1 million estate to Mrs Henderson and her children.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Painting judged to be outside the remit of Section 215 notices

Posted on 28th April 2017 in Local Authorities

Many people will remember the house painted in garish red and white stripes in a conservation area in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which caused consternation in the local planning authority offices (not to mention the neighbourhood).

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Claims involving Executors

Posted on 28th April 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Executors are people appointed to act by the Will of a deceased person.  Executors can sometimes also be referred to as Personal Representatives although this term has a wider meaning.  Executors owe a number of duties to the estate.  Primarily, executors are required to call in all assets of the estate, pay all liabilities on behalf of the estate (such a funeral costs and credit card debts) and then distribute the balance in accordance with the Will.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Capacity: An Overview

Posted on 13th April 2017 in Affordable Housing

When taking legal action against an individual it is vital that you ensure they have capacity. Where a person lacks capacity there are steps that need to be taken to ensure that they are adequately represented.

Posted by

Simon Sanger-Anderson

Consultant and Solicitor

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How do I write a valid Will?

Posted on 29th March 2017 in Probate & Wills

There are certain legal stipulations that apply when making a Will and these need to be adhered to in order for your Will to be valid under UK law:

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Volunteer Agreements – Why Are They Important and What Should They Say?

Posted on 24th March 2017 in Employment

Most voluntary organisations will have a combination of employees (or workers) and volunteers, and the difference is significant.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Paying the penalty for not protecting deposits

Posted on 16th March 2017 in Property Litigation

If you are a landlord of  an assured shorthold tenancy created after 6 April 2007 you must put your tenants deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP) within 30 days of receiving it and within 30 days of placing in the scheme provide the tenant with the prescribed information of the TDP.

Posted by

Josh O’Neill

Solicitor

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Pre-nuptial Agreements: An Overview

Posted on 07th March 2017 in Family Law

A couple planning to enter a marriage or civil partnership may decide to enter into a written agreement reflecting what they intend to happen to their money and property if the marriage or civil partnership were to end.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Providing Benefits to Volunteers – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted on 27th February 2017 in Employment

Volunteers give up their free time to support charitable organisations and there is often the temptation to provide benefits as a way of saying thank you. But be careful. Well-meaning charities have come unstuck by providing volunteers with benefits that are too generous, inadvertently leading to an implied employment relationship.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Spinal Injury Compensation

Posted on 18th February 2017 in Medical Negligence

Spinal cord injuries arise when there is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function. The problems arising from spinal cord injuries can be either temporary or permanent but often result in life changing complications such as:

Posted by

Simon Mansfield

Partner and Solicitor

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The Weakest Link – How a Trustee’s Links May Damage a Charity

Posted on 16th February 2017 in Charities and Social Enterprise

In January 2015, the Chester Chronicle newspaper celebrated a £24,000 grant by the Earl of Chester Fund to a local company towards its set-up and development costs. Unfortunately, the celebration was short-lived.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor