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18th December 2014
Q. When is Christmas day? A. It never changes, it always falls on the 25th December regardless. Yet in late November and early December, Family Lawyers throughout the country deal with a sudden surge in clients wanting to resolve Christmas arrangements for their children? Often there is no Court Order in place, which sets out in black and white what should happen, when and where.…
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12th December 2014
Since 2008 when the financial crisis first erupted, interest rates in the United Kingdom have fallen dramatically and at the present time the UK base rate remains at 0.5% where it has been for over five years. Because of this, income available on low risk investing such as cash deposits has remained quite low and even more so after erosion by inflation is taken into…
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08th December 2014
Even after all these (20 or so) years, personal injury lawyer Paul Fretwell recalls the devastating video footage that arrived from the insurance company in the case of one of his clients; she who, according to her evidence, could hardly get out of a chair and was disabled and suffered debilitating pain was shown hanging out her washing in the garden, and moving so fast…
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05th December 2014
Are you an attorney, deputy, or beneficiary of a will relating to a person who now lacks capacity? Has the will become invalid or obsolete by virtue of the beneficiaries predeceasing the testator (the person making the will)? Is Inheritance Tax mitigation needed, where the testator’s estate exceeds the Nil Rate Band? Did you know that all of these matters can still be addressed, regardless…
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26th November 2014
Road Safety Week (ending 23 November) provides a good opportunity for us all to focus on looking out for each other so that lives can be saved and catastrophic injuries avoided. Whether we are a cyclist, pedestrian, driver or motorcyclist (or perhaps all of these), we can probably all think of recent examples of incidents or "near misses" that could have been avoided by a…
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20th November 2014
One key difference between being married and unmarried is that on separation, you can potentially claim maintenance. The principles relating to child maintenance follow a formulaic approach guided by the child maintenance service. While this has many shortcomings, it at least has the advantage of clarity. Maintenance between spouses is less clear cut. It is regulated by the legal principles under the relevant legislation, guided…
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14th November 2014
For many years England and Wales were able to boast one of the most comprehensive systems of Legal Aid in the world. It provided top class representation to people with genuine problems that required the involvement of the Courts.  However, this system has been eroded over the years for reasons of affordability. In April 2013 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012…
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14th November 2014
Christmas is presented as the quintessential family event each year. A time when people far and wide are drawn together for an annual love in. In November the adverts start and the season of good will is upon us. However, for many this is nothing but an illusion and Christmas places serious pressures on many families, increasing tensions which have existed for some time. Each…
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05th November 2014
Did you know that you may be able to extend the term of your lease which may make it easier to sell? Almost all flats in England and Wales are leasehold and as a leaseholder (i.e. a Tenant under a long lease) you have purchased a “diminishing asset” as the lease will have been granted for a fixed term. The most common are terms granted…
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31st October 2014
Multinational insurance firm AXA has been successful in its private prosecution of a man who claimed £100,000 for an ‘injury’ he alleged he sustained while working for a haulage company. Paul Gustar had originally issued county court proceedings against his employer after damaging his back, although medical records revealed that the back injury he was suffering from had existed previously and occurred after he had…
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