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Any Tips For Dealing With My Ex?

It is important to retain some level of communication for your ex-partner. Cases that often proceed to expensive final hearings are usually those where there is little or no communication...

How Much Will Divorce Cost?

An average undefended divorce will cost in the region of £600 plus vat for the solicitor to deal with it on your behalf. In addition there is a court fee...

Do I Need A Family Solicitor?

It is often prudent to seek some form of legal advice. Family law proceedings can be difficult, stressful and emotional; which often makes it hard to represent yourself. Costs are...

Can I Change The Locks?

You may be entitled to change the locks but the other party might be entitled to change the locks back again. You should seek legal advice to check your position...

Will I Have To Sell The House?

Whether or not the family home has to be sold will depend on the facts of each individual case. In most cases one of the primary concerns is how everyone,...

What Am I Entitled To?

No two cases are ever the same and a 50/50 split is not always appropriate. It is also important to see what is financially at stake, to check that all...

Where Will The Children Live?

The living arrangements for the children will need to be carefully discussed and considered when parents separate. In a lot of cases the parents are able to reach an agreement...

How Long Does A Divorce Take?

Usually an uncontested divorce takes about four to six months to complete. Any issues to do with the children or finances could take longer, often between six and twelve months.

How Do I Start Divorce Proceedings?

A divorce can be started provided you have been married for at least one year. A divorce petition is prepared and submitted to the court. The other party then receives...

Do You Offer A Free Consultation?

We do not offer a free consultation, however we offer fixed fee initial consultations starting from £60. Please contact us to find out more.

Why Should I Have Catteralls As My Executors?

The advantages of appointing us as your executor include: Competitive rates which we will be negotiate with the beneficiaries after your death so everyone understands our fees before we act....

Is There Anyone Who Can't Make A Will?

To make a Will you must be over the minimum age limit and have "testamentary capacity”. This means you must understand that you are making a Will and the effect...

How Do I Make A Statutory Will?

You need to make a statement saying why you think the Will should be written as you suggest. The Court of Protection will decide whether the Will is appropriate. Making...

Who Can Make A Statutory Will?

The Court has to give permission for a Statutory will. Statutory wills can be made by Deputies appointed by the Court of Protection, Attorneys or someone who is likely to...

What Is A Statutory Will?

To make a Will, you have to have capacity to understand what you own, what making a will actually means and who your loved ones are - even if you...

Which Property Passes Under My Will?

Partners will usually hold their property jointly, this is known as ‘Joint Tenants’. If you hold your property as Joint tenants, should one partner die, that share is passed automatically...

Who Can Witness My Will?

Ideally any independent who is not related to the maker of the Will. A beneficiary or a spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary must not witness a Will. It...

How Can I Revoke My Previous Will?

A Will can be cancelled simply by creating a new Will which states that all previous Wills are revoked. Your current Will will be automatically revoked if you marry or...

Can Executors Be Beneficiaries?

Yes, an executor may be a beneficiary in your Will and it is often appropriate that the main beneficiary is an executor. Alternatively you may wish to gift a sum...

How Many Executors Can I Have?

Up to 4 executors can act at a time. At least two executors are needed if their might be a trust to administer. You can appoint substitute executors if the...

Who Can Be An Executor?

A member of your family, your partner, a friend or solicitor may act as your executor. The executor must be over the age of 18

What Is An Executor?

An executor is the person who has to deal with the deceased’s estate. Responsibilities include: paying of the deceased’s debts organising the funeral clearance of the property, valuation and sale...

Who Can I Choose As My Attorney?

Anyone who is over 18 can be an attorney. In the case of an attorney appointed to a Property and Financial Affairs LPA only, he or she must not be...

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)?

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs), like a Property and Financial Affairs LPA, enables someone to make decisions for you in relation to your property and financial affairs. EPA has now...

What Does Lacking Mental Capacity Mean?

An individual can lack metal capacity if they have an injury, disorder or condition that affects the way their mind works. People are considered to lack mental capacity if they...

What Happens If I Don’t Make An Lpa?

If you don’t make an LPA, and later become unable to make certain decisions for yourself, there may be a time when no one can legally make decisions for you....

Can I Stop Being An Attorney?

You can choose to stop acting as an attorney at any time. If the lasting power of attorney is registered you will need to disclaim your appointment with the Office...

What If My Attorney Dies?

Before registration: you can make a new lasting power of attorney and choose a new attorney. But only if you have the capacity. After Registration: If you only have one...

What Is A Power Of Attorney?

A power of attorney is the only legal way for a person to appoint someone to act on their behalf to make financial decisions should they lose mental capacity at...

Who Is A Certificate Provider?

Someone who can confirm the donor has the full mental capacity and understands what giving power of attorney means. A certificate provider can be someone the client has known for...

Can I Have More Than One Attorney?

Yes, you can choose more than one attorney. You can decide whether your attorneys must make their decisions together or whether they can make their own decisions separately.

Can An Attorney Make Gifts?

Attorneys can make gifts of your money and property but their power is limited. The Court can authorise attorneys to make extra gifts in certain circumstances.

What Are The Duties Of A Deputy?

Deputies are appointed to make decisions for someone else their about finances, property, health or welfare. When making decisions on behalf of your friend or relative as their deputy you...

Who Can Be A Deputy?

Deputies are usually friends or relatives of the person who needs help to make their decisions. The Court’s permission might be needed to apply to become a deputy. A deputy...

How Do I Become A Deputy?

If someone you care about loses the ability to make their own decisions you can apply to the Court of Protection for permission to make decisions for them.  Forms will...

What Is The Court Of Protection?

The Court of Protection helps people who are mentally incapable of making their own decisions, by making decisions for them about their money, property, health or welfare. The Court can...

How Long Will It Take?

Typically there are three stages to the process: Collecting the information and preparing the detailed list of assets, liabilities and gifts – this stage can typically take 8-12weeks (or longer for...

What is a Grant of Probate?

A Grant of Probate is the document that is issued to you by the Probate Registry. The document confirms your right to administer the deceased’s estate. This includes cashing the...

What is a Personal Representative?

A personal representative is simply another name for someone who is an Executor or if there is no Will, is the person who has legal authority to administer the estate.

What is Probate?

Probate is the process of proving that a Will is valid and confirming the Executor's authority to administer the estate of a person who has died. Although Probate actually relates...

What Other Institutions Do I Need To Deal With?

Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, these could include HM Revenue & Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, the council, utility companies, estate agents and stockbrokers.

What Is The Role Of An Executor Of A Will?

You are responsible for taking charge of the property, money and belongings. You will be held personally and financially responsible if the estate suffers any loss. You will have to...

What Fees Are Involved?

We offer various levels of service; which one you choose will depend on how much work you want us to do and how much you feel you can do on...

What Happens If There Is No Will?

The first step is to work out who should apply for letters of administration We can give you full advice about whether you are allowed to apply for Letters of...

What Is Estate Administration?

This is the term used to cover everything that needs to be done to deal with an estate. It involves establishing the assets and debts of the estate. The estate’s...

What is Probate?

If there is a Will naming an Executor (the person in charge of the estate), then the executor will need to apply for a Grant of Probate, which will confirm...